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  1. IRT_BMT_IND

    Life After Greyhound

    Time for a Rider Express deadpool? It's going to be hard to build ridership with one trip per week (and their PTB license requires at least daily service, and if they lose it they're done), which costs more rt from Calgary to Vancouver than flying. I think that Pacific Western, which has lots of experience in the industry and didn't think it was worthwhile operating services from BC to Alberta is pretty indicative. The structural problem is that airfares between most major cities in Western Canada are cheap enough that it makes no sense for most people to take the bus (The exception are routes like Calgary-Edmonton and Vancouver-Kamloops/Kelowna which are still well served despite the loss of Greyhound). That just leaves smaller communities in between, which isn't really a lucrative market.
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    Durham Region Transit

    Transit App might be scraping the data without DRT's permission. They've done it before with other agencies.
  3. Greyhound Canada runs Toronto Chicago crossing the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel, and Toronto New York crossing at the Peace Bridge (Trentway Wagar/Megabus also runs the same route). These are USA/Canada interline services with a US driver for the local sections in the US. New York services also interline with NY Trailways (I think this is a legacy of Grey Coach) though I don't think Trailways buses run into Canada anymore. Canadian buses used to run all the way to New York and Chicago but likewise I don't think this is done anymore. There's also very limted service from Ottawa to Syracuse at the 1000 Islands Bridge (this is a stub of a much more extensive service in the past). Quebec is Montreal-New York and Montreal-Boston, these are Greyhound USA services and AFAIK don't carry local passengers in Canada. The Ottawa\Toronto\Montreal routes used to be owned by Voyageur (they were forced to sell the Toronto Montreal route to Trentway-Wagar as a result of the merger). The other primary Greyhound corridors in Ontario are Toronto to Niagara (crossing into the US, mentioned above), Toronto-London-Windsor-Detroit (also above), as well as Toronto to Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge (inherited from Grey Coach I believe). These are probably the busiest routes in the system and run approximately hourly. There are also few ex-PMCL services left to Barrie and Owen Sound but these have been scaled back drastically, and the once daily transcontinental service which will soon be truncated.
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    Life After Greyhound

    IRP/IFTA means it doesn't matter where the bus is registered. Parts of the old Cha-Co, PMCL, and Voyageur subfleets used to have Ontario plates but everything is Alberta now AFAIK. In Ontario they even run Texas plated US buses on domestic schedules.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    The terminals are used for turning vehicles all night but are closed to passengers after the subway closes. Either regular on street stops or special Blue Night stops are used instead. The exceptions are Union and Spadina, which have gates that keep a limited part of the station open for streetcar users only. Regarding your second point, the TTC doesn't consider night service warranted on those routes for whatever reason. Part of the 70 has night service with the 322, though parts of East York between Coxwell and Vic Park (especially in the Woodbine Bridge and Parkview Hills area) are either outside or just barely in the 15 minute radius for night service.
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    GO Transit

    As 15 and 20 don't divide evenly I guess this means the end of LSE/LSW through services (unless "3 trains per hour" means uneven headways, which might be the case if GO doesn't want 40 minute service to Aldershot).
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    Life After Greyhound

    eBus, Pacific Western's lower priced service, will also be adding an Edmonton-Fort McMurray service as well as additional Calgary-Edmonton frequencies in October. https://myebus.ca/news/calgary-edmonton-service
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    At least some of the H cars (or ICTS cars maybe) used a siemens sound chip for the chimes.
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    Greyhound in the news

    Pacific Western (both Red Arrow and the lower priced Ebus) already runs Calgary-Edmonton. Greyhound has already turned over all it's Vancouver Island services to Tofino Bus who seem to be doing a better job serving that market than Greyhound did. Another company (Cantrail or Pacific Coach maybe) will likely pick up the TCH\Coq services in BC, though bus service in BC is not deregulated so it depends on whether the government will allow this without forcing unprofitable routes as a condition. Those are some of the larger intercity bus corridors in Western Canada. The problem is that it's usually cheaper to fly between the major prairie cities than to take the bus (Winnipeg-Calgary one-way is $119 for example - unless you really hate flying why would anyone take the 19 hour bus trip). That doesn't help people who live in small towns without a car though.
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    Greyhound in the news

    I think the only commuter services left in the GTA are Toronto-Barrie and Toronto-KW. The former is still well used for reverse commuting to the University of Waterloo. All the intercity services in Windsor-Montreal corridor are very well used. If Greyhound ever pulls out (or the PC government deregulates) Trentway-Wagar (Megabus) and probably Pacific Western would likely take them over.
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    Gillig product discussion

    Many Gillig buses were operated in shuttle service during the Vancouver Olympics. This was probably the largest Gillig operation in Canada. I think the buses were never technically imported into Canada, they ran with American IRP plates.
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    Greyhound in the news

    They've expressed interest in the busy intercity lines in the Montreal-Windsor Corridor (and I wouldn't be surprised if the PC government deregulates intercity bus service). I can't imagine them being interested in anything else.
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    TTC Service Changes

    http://ttc.ca/TTC_Surveys/Junction_Area_Survey.jsp Proposed changes in the Junction/Bloor West Village area. Highlights include: Replacing the 30 Lambton with an extension of the 40 Junction, eliminating a 25 year old vestige of the trolleybus system. Extending 127 along St Clair to Scarlett Road. This is the most overdue IMO, especially with all the new development west of Gunns loop.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Ansaldo still has some literature about the Identra coils on their website (does this mean they still support it?) https://globalproductsupport.ansaldo-sts.com/productsegments/automation/servicemanuals/usa/5705.pdf The coils were in use until the early 2000s, I only remember seeing them on the St. Clair West short turns. Until the late 1980s-early 1990s service cuts there were more scheduled short turns, I also suspect they were used then. Identra coils were also used for route selection on the CTA. I always thought that in the interlining period the TTC handled route selection was handed with punch tape machines, not the coils (which caused problems when the service on the ground didn't match the schedule).
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    Buses in Cuba

    Many, mostly second hand. Most new buses in Cuba are assembled locally from Chinese CKD kits.
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