By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published May 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Thanks to growing demand, Greyhound today announced the expansion of its premium Greyhound Express service between Milwaukee and Chicago, effective May 17. Buses will now depart every hour from the Intermodal Station, 433 W. St. Paul Ave.

"Expanding Greyhound Express frequency between Chicago and Milwaukee was a clear growth opportunity for Greyhound due to the tremendous demand for our premium service," said Greyhound president and CEO Dave Leach.

An extra stop near O'Hare Airport – at 5800 N. Cumberland Ave. in Chicago – has been added to the route, which was launched in December in Milwaukee and is currently in 13 other markets, including nine in the Midwest.

The Greyhound terminal in downtown Chicago is located at 630 W. Harrison Ave., just south of the Loop.

Greyhound Express fares begin at $1 and the routes are served by new, environmentally friendly buses that Greyhound says, "generate nearly three times less carbon dioxide per passenger, per mile, than a hybrid vehicle."

The route offers free Wi-Fi, leather seats, power outlets and other amenities like access to a private waiting area and a guest services specialist.

Fares, schedules and tickets are available online