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Megabus, a curbside bus company that has gained popularity with its $1 promotional fares, announced last week it is adding a stop in Newark.Service to the new stop, located on the University of Delaware’s Laird Campus, will begin Sept. 19. Currently, the company’s closest stops are in Philadelphia and Baltimore.Richard Rind, director of parking and transportation services at UD, said Megabus officials approached him earlier this year with the idea of adding a stop on campus. “I see them all the time (on Interstate 95), real gold plated jewelleryso they might as well stop and pick up a few more passengers.”The university agreed to allow the buses to stop at an existing bus shelter near Clayton Hall and the Christiana Towers, off of New London Road. Rind said the school sees Megabus as a boon for students, many of whom do not have cars with them on campus.”It’s just great to have another option to get home or to a city they might want to visit,” he said. “It gives them very inexpensive way to get there.”However, the bus is also open to the general public. Parking is available at a nearby university lot for $3 per day, Rind said. From there, passengers can transfer to dozens of other cities, including Pittsburgh, Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, Memphis and Richmond.The buses, some of which are double decker, all have restrooms and free Wi Fi service.Founded in Europe and brought to the United States in 2006, Megabus is one of several inexpensive, curbside bus lines that have rose in prominence in recent years. Unlike traditional transportation companies that operate out of a permanent station, curbside companies typically pick up and drop off passengers on a street corner.The companies lure in customers by offering a limited amount of $1 fares, while charging higher fees for most other tickets. Customers who book a trip well in advance during off peak hours have the best chance of getting a cheap fare.