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Grounded U.S. travelers go Greyhound

DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- Many of the nation's travelers have been going Greyhound in the wake of reduced flights and increased security at airports.

The bus line is running at full capacity, with about twice as many passengers as usual, spokeswoman Kristin Parsley said.

In some areas, such as Las Vegas, the number of passengers has quadrupled, she said.

The bus line has been able to meet the increased demand everywhere but Chicago, Illinois, where a tripled demand forced the bus line to stop selling tickets Thursday night, Parsley said, adding that service resumed Friday morning.

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"We ask the people to please be patient with us," she said. "We've been on what seems to us to be a busy holiday peak ever since Tuesday."

Typically, about 70,000 people per day ride Greyhound's 2,300 buses, each of which has 52 seats, she said. When the number of seats sold exceeds 52, the company usually just adds another bus and driver. But its capacity to do so has been strained as the daily passenger load has risen to about 140,000.

'All hands on deck'

On average, Greyhound buses make 20,000 departures per day, but that number has doubled since Tuesday. The company has added to the normal work force of 5,000 drivers across the country, she said.

"It's kind of an all-hands-on-deck philosophy," she said.

Greyhound halted its service in the Northeast Tuesday as a safety precaution, Parsley said, citing the proximity of New York's Port Authority, the main bus station, to the World Trade Center area.

It also halted service in the Washington, D.C., area and to major terminals nationwide that are near federal buildings.

Service in both New York and Washington returned to normal Thursday, though a bomb threat that led officials to evacuate the Port Authority delayed service from New York for several hours.







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