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  1. Yeah, it's definitely valid to doubt whether Greyhound would ever return to Canada again. Even their US operations are not safe from closure.
  2. Pick-up/drop-off at the Ottawa Via station makes sense, mainly because of its more convenient Confederation Line connection to downtown (as opposed to the less frequent 7 Carleton to the central terminal). With Greyhound moving out of Ottawa central, does that make Ontario Northland the only remaining operator there? Also, has it been confirmed that Greyhound would only serve Pearson Airport and no longer serve the Toronto Coach Terminal?
  3. Several things I've had in mind about Greyhound Canada lately: Any idea when will they restart services in Canada? I see it as a really essential service given that it serves towns that are far away from a Via Rail line as well as those far from airports (for instance Collingwood, Sudbury, Hwy 7 between Peterborough and Ottawa). I also found it really weird that Megabus still appears to maintain some service in Canada, and all it does is pretty much duplicate places served by Via corridor trains as well as GO Transit routes, not to mention the busy YUL-YYZ flights on top of that (which I see makes Megabus to be a less essential or non-essential service). I read recently that Greyhound would move out of the Ottawa central bus terminal (the one right beside the 417). Is there any idea where the new Greyhound station would be when operations restart? Is there one that's under construction or would it be a curbside stop, like Megabus in Montreal? Does Greyhound still carry a courier or freight service on their remaining routes within ON/QC (the buses that hitch a trailer, do they still have them)?
  4. Diego Maradona dies following a cardiac arrest. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8986821/Diego-Maradona-died-suffering-cardiac-arrest-according-reports.html
  5. Sounds quite cumbersome to couple and de-couple trains through different times of the day. I feel that it would be better to keep train lengths consistent throughout the day, in order not to surprise passengers with a shorter train (not everyone gets the train length indicators the first time). I know that BART does that, but overall very few metro systems does that. Of automated trains I still prefer the walk-through four-car SkyTrain Mark III or the six-car Sydney Metro Alstom Metropolis sets.
  6. Is there any idea why they're built as two-car trains, rather than being four- or six-car connected trains that you could walk down the whole train length? How long will the platforms be?
  7. Photos posted to Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/transit/comments/jvbmad/new_alstom_metropolis_cars_for_montreals_upcoming/
  8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court justice, has died at 87.
  9. Somewhat off-topic, but I wonder which routes their J3500 runs on? It appears that they have only one of them (B1910) and has been sighted in Ottawa a handful of times.
  10. Lee Teng-Hui, former president of the independent country of Taiwan, has died at 97. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/07/0042e8962eb7-urgent-ex-taiwan-president-lee-teng-hui-dies-at-97.html
  11. Civil rights leader John Lewis has died. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/17/politics/john-lewis-dead-at-80/index.html
  12. Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza has died. Burundi is one of eight countries that supports China's national security legislation.
  13. Stanley Ho, founder of Macau's gambling industry and sometimes referred to as the Donald Trump of China, has died at 98. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52803396
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