For $6.95, New York's within reach

July 31, 1992|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer

From Crabtown to the Big Apple for $6.95.

For about the price of lunch at a fast-food restaurant along the New Jersey Turnpike, travelers can board a Peter Pan Trailways bus at an East Baltimore depot for the 3 1/2 -hour trek to New York.

The new discount fare, which a Peter Pan spokesman, Michael Paton, said is designed to introduce the bus company's service to the Baltimore area, is lower than the carrier had originally intended.

In a press release faxed from its headquarters in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, the carrier set the promotional one-way fare at $9.

But a fare war erupted yesterday when Greyhound Lines Inc. began advertising a Washington-New York ticket for $7. Peter Pan responded by cutting its fare to $6.95. The Peter Pan fare is the same for passengers boarding in Washington and at the Baltimore Travel Plaza on O'Donnell Street in East Baltimore.

The final shot in the price war may not have been fired. Greyhound's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Dunn, said that although the carrier has not matched Peter Pan's fare in Baltimore, travelers should "stay on top of things. Maybe there's a fare reduction ahead."

Greyhound's lowest fare from Baltimore to New York is $29, Ms. Dunn said. But she said travelers who buy tickets three days in advance get a 20 percent discount. The discount rises to 35 percent seven days before departure and 50 percent two weeks in advance.

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