Speaking of intercity curbside buses, MegaBus is asking the Surface Transportation Board to rule that BoltBuses status as a joint project of Greyhound and Peter Pan constitutes an anti-competitive strategy that should be curtailed by forcing BoltBus to break up into separate firms.
Obviously it would be convenient for MegaBus to see a competitor weakened, but the only way to give any logic to their concern would be to pretend to believe that there's such a thing as an "intercity bus market" that's somehow completely segmented from other ways of getting from Point A to Point B. I think basic logic says that even if there were only one intercity bus operator in the country it would still be facing competition from private automobiles, airplanes, passenger rail, and the fact that the barriers to entry in this industry are low. At a minimum, I'm confident that a DOJ antitrust regulator would see it that way. The Surface Transportation Board operates under a different statutory mandate and may have some other rationale for acting against BoltBus, but I'm pretty sure they shouldn't.
TODAY IN SLATE
The End of Pregnancy
And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.
Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City
How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry
The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats
Blame China for everything.
The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer
Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place
Now it’s descending into madness.
Don’t Just Sit There
How to be more productive during your commute.