Vonlane, the high-end Texas motor coach service, is adding new routes. Service between Austin and Houston starts in January 2016, and the Dallas-based company also is targeting football fans, with trips from Dallas to games at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M in College Station.
Vonlane is currently accepting reservations for UT football games on September 12 (vs. Rice) and 19 (vs. California), and A&M games on September 5 (vs. Arizona State, at Reliant Stadium in Houston), 12 (vs. Ball State) and 19 (vs. Nevada). The fare for A&M games is $99 one way; it's $100 for UT games.
The September 5 A&M game drops off next to the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Houston, and the drop-off is Reed Arena for College Station events. In Austin, the terminal is the same as regular service: the Hyatt Regency hotel just outside of downtown.
Vonlane began shuttling commuters between Dallas and Houston in April and launched with a Dallas-Austin route in May 2014. The roomy, 16-seat buses boast an array of amenities that allow passengers to work or relax during their trip, including complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Passengers also can reserve a six-seat conference room for meetings on the road.
"We created, in Vonlane, a more dignified way to travel that helps business people reclaim the productive hours that are typically lost when flying or driving between Texas cities," founder Alex Danza told CultureMap last year.
Vonlane motor coaches depart and arrive in Dallas at the Doubletree Hotel across from Love Field airport and in Houston at the Fast Park at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).