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New bus challenges Amtrak in Seattle, Portland

BoltBus will begin offering low-fare, high tech service between Seattle and Portland. (BoltBus image)

An upstart bus company hopes Wi-Fi, low fares, more legroom and electrical outlets for iPods and other devices will attract passengers to a new service between Seattle and Portland.

BoltBus, a Dallas-based carrier owned in part by Greyhound, will begin non-stop service between the two cities on May 17.

The company is one of several giving Amtrak and airlines a serious run for their money on the East Coast, but the first in the Northwest.

Fares between Seattle and Portland will range between $1 and $27, with departures from Seattle at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. An online schedule says the trip will take approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Amtrak's website says tickets start at $32, with the trip taking 3.5 hours.

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