This map of Megabus hub and spoke operations demonstrates the correct analysis of America 2050′s US megaregions.
America 2050′s US megaregions and areas of population focus:
Their estimates for how to set up a passenger rail network:
I find it fairly uncanny how closely MegaBus is emulating that (and MegaBus has been tinkering with the connections on that map a lot, making it look closer and closer to the 2050 network connection map).
Sadly the MegaBus system outside the NorthEast Corridor isn’t easy to use (I tried testing their app out) and doesn’t figure itself out in terms of how to make connections happen.
But Wanderu, a Kayak for bus travel, is starting to get all the non-Megabus buses together into an API, and it’s very interesting. There’s a hunger for intercity travel that is latent and just beginning to be paid attention to…