VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - “When America is ready to go, ROX is ready to roll."
That's what the promotional video says when you go to RidetheRox.com. The Rox is a new luxury bus line that goes from Virginia Beach to Washington, D.C.
“Work, relax, eat, have fun, be on your phone, do what you need to do. Watch movies - we have 35 movies on the coaches, we have e-books, magazines.”
Founder of the Rapid Overland Express - or ROX - Jeff McWaters describes a new way to get to Washington, D.C. that he says is far easier than planes, trains and especially automobiles.
“Nobody should have a car when they get to D.C. It costs between $40-60 a night to leave your car at the hotel," he says.
The line's luxury bus leaves twice daily from the Westin Hotel at Town Center in Virginia Beach at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“In our case, you get on a coach, you’re gonna be pampered and four hours of working, sleeping, relaxing, watching television, whatever you want to do - productive if you wanna be or relaxed if you want to be.”
The Rox has oversized leather seats, and an attendant will serve you free snacks from Taste Unlimited during the four-hour trip. Beer, wine and mixed drinks are extra.
“I think we’re going to open D.C. to everybody. I talk to business people, I talk to shoppers, women's fun trips, men's baseball games," McWaters says.
So, how do you open a business during such a difficult time?
“There’s an A, a B and a C row. We’re not going to sell the B row, so that gives you... you have one person on one side window. We’ll check temperatures, wear face masks," he explained.
And they are looking into having all of their workers routinely tested for coronavirus.
McWaters plans to hit the road with the Rox in mid June. He says they haven't decided how much it will cost to ride.