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New luxury bus service for Texas A&M football games creates buzz: No stops, TVs and Wi-Fi perks

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Starline bus service to football games bus September 2013 rendering
Starline Travel Group kicks off its inaugural run between Houston and College Station . . . Aggies, rejoice. Rendering courtesy of Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games interior with reserved markers on seats
With luxury amenities and a fulltime cabin crew, the new company hopes to reinvent how people view bus travel. Photo by Tommy Obenchain/Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games ticket at Kyle Stadium September 2013
During football season, the company has expanded its usual Houston to College Station route for special game day service. Photo by Tommy Obenchain/Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games bus interior 3 September 2013
Free Wi-Fi, leather seats and televisions are standard on every Starline trip. Photo by Tommy Obenchain/Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games bus September 2013
Inaugural run of the A&M GameLiner service Photo by Tommy Obenchain/Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games bus interior 1 September 2013
Starline plans to expand service across the state in the next year. Photo by Tommy Obenchain/Starline Travel LLC
Starline bus service to football games bus September 2013 rendering
Starline bus service to football games interior with reserved markers on seats
Starline bus service to football games ticket at Kyle Stadium September 2013
Starline bus service to football games bus interior 3 September 2013
Starline bus service to football games bus September 2013
Starline bus service to football games bus interior 1 September 2013

A Dallas-based company aiming to reinvent city-to-city bus transit has its sights set on Aggieland . . . and business is booming.

This season, Starline Travel Group is packing its buses with Texas A&M University football fans on a new weekend route it calls the GameLiner — a spin-off of its regular CityLiner service between Houston and College Station that's specifically designed for game day, allowing Aggies to breeze in and out of Kyle Field without the stress of parking or driving. 

But it's the journey itself that Starline co-founders Jase Chandler and Tommy Obenchain hope will make the biggest impression on passengers. Gone are the stiff narrow seats. Gone are the crumbling concrete bus terminals. And gone are the inexplicable and seemingly endless stops made along the way.

"What really sets us apart from the competition is our cabin crew." 

"We found there was a huge hole in the transportation market for fast, comfortable rides that bring you to the heart of a city, rather than to a parking lot at the edge of town," Obenchain tells CultureMap, noting that all Starline buses stop in areas filled with restaurants and shops.

The company hopes to create "an experience" for its passengers with free Wi-Fi, TVs and leather seating standard with every trip. Those tired of the creepy midtown bus station will be delighted to board downtown at the GreenStreet shopping center (formerly the Houston Pavilions), several blocks west of Discovery Green.

"While we offer a lot of cool stuff, what really sets us apart from the competition is our cabin crew," Obenchain explains. "Each bus has a dedicated attendant to assist passengers and sell a number of food and beverage items. It's more akin to flying."

In addition to expanding ​GameLiner service to include Aggie away games, Starline is looking to add new routes across the state in the next year. 

Starline will be operating for A&M's game against SMU on Saturday. For pricing options and travel times, visit the travel company online or call 855-604-9968.

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