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  1. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    No need to apologize. As Abe Lincoln said, "You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." It's just an online forum. No lives or insurance claims at risk. No hard feelings.
  2. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Chest-puffing? You're the one who started it with your "Unless you drive one of these beasts for a living like I do then you don’t have a clue what you are talking about." "It's all good fun and in conversation", eh? Well, you're the one who's saying "I don't really want to drive ancient junk if I can help it. That said I think I just figured out what the companies that prioritize new equipment and miles over cost savings do with their 4-9 year old buses... trade them in and then have someone like you pick them up for a song." Don't like old buses? No one's forcing you to drive them. Plenty of companies out here and elsewhere use older equipment. Even Amador has 102DL3s, 102D3s, and I believe even 102C3s. Dave Leach, Eugene Berardi, and Dan Holter are no less respected than Gordon Mackay. Automatically assuming that anything older than your company's standard is "junk" says more about you than anything else. I don't think Gordon Mackay, Chad Cushman, or Bob Erickson would endorse your statement even if their oldest coach is a 2009. Your statement "It screams "gee if they run such old stuff how well do they train their drivers? How much do they really care?"" is nothing but flaming. Our drivers are as good as any in Nevada. You don't know what you're talking about since you don't have their MVRs and DQFs. The 6400s are indeed different from the 6500s (they didn't originally have a wheelchair lift) but I agree there it isn't necessarily a correlation. #6477 did not have 4 or 5 or 6 million miles on it, it had about 3 million. If it is "incredibly durable" as you say then that says more about the quality of the 102DL3 than you. I don't sit at the station logging buses, I log every motorcoach and airliner I travel on and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. There is even a website that lets you do this with airplanes; unfortunately not so with buses. I am not the only one who does this. You are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. You can blame #6477 even if you don't really know what happened and are just speculating. True safety managers never assume anything until an investigation is completed. I never tried to pick a fight with you, you tried to pick a fight with me; however, I have better things to do than to waste my time. Say what you want to say, we're done here.
  3. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    You chose the wrong person to pick on. Believe it or not, I am high-level management at a small motor carrier. We own the same model of coach and units that are even older than Greyhound 102DL3s. The driver should not go to jail, he should be suspended without pay until the investigation is completed (the definition of "furlough" is "grant a leave of absence to" which is essentially the same thing), and if he is found to not be at fault (for example, if the truck suddenly braked), then he can be reinstated. If he is found to be at fault, he should be fired and his commercial driving privileges permanently revoked. If you disagree, just don't come to us looking for a job. Insurance rates are too high to hire any driver with an accident record. There is a driver shortage. If someone wants to hire him, they can. If there is an oil leak or a fire, don't blame MCI, blame Greyhound maintenance or driver neglect during the pre-trip. I know plenty of million-mile old MCIs that don't burst into flames. Don't you notice that all of these are 6400-series? This is the same company that's cutting routes and, by your own post, screwed over a double amputee. The common denominator is not the 102DL3, it's Greyhound. I have cordial relations with many of their drivers and upper management, but the same cannot be said for middle management. And you can bet the D4505 and G4500 suffer from their share of issues, they're just not reported as much because there are more 102DL3s in the fleet. Anyway, we can agree to disagree. No hard feelings. Some people like old buses. Some people like new buses. I will say #6498 is a great coach (I gave it 10/10 in my log). Certainly better than #86290 (which got 4/10).
  4. Swadian

    Alexander Dennis

    What is the typical cost of a SuperLo?
  5. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Let's not jump to conclusions. #6477 was 18 years old, not 20 years old. You don't know what model of bus was involved in each of those breakdowns. Do any of us know what actually caused the fire? It could have nothing to do with the age of the coach. If it was driver error and the driver was indeed incompetent, then he deserves to be fired. Unless you know the driver and have his Motor Vehicle Record and Driver Qualification File, it is unreasonable to defend him. I know many drivers who have driven 30+ years without such an accident. It is unfair to those drivers if this driver made a mistake and gets a pass. Also, he was on a 5-hour run, not a 10-hour run. Yes, he could have been on duty before, but it is no excuse when passengers' lives are in his hands. Until an investigation is completed into these accidents, the suspect persons should be furloughed.
  6. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Did they figure out why #6477 burned and why #6472 rear-ended a truck? #86536, #86538, and #86558 have been retired following accidents. #86536 rear-ended a truck, #86538 was run off the road by a degenerate passenger, and #86558 crashed into the median of US 101 near San Jose at high speed. All of these were LAD-based D4505s.
  7. Swadian

    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Why is it in such poor condition?
  8. Swadian

    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    5x weekly may be difficult for driver scheduling. Greyhound will cut as much as they can as usual and attempt to bring Kelowna - Lethbridge to 6x weekly or 3x weekly. Winnipeg - Thompson might go to 6x weekly or 3x weekly if it does really bad. Presumably Edmonton - Fort McMurray and Edmonton - Saskatoon could go to 10x weekly.
  9. Swadian

    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    It may very well be permanent as Greyhound just reported a loss and First Group CEO resigned per the other thread. Permanent liquidation of Greyhound Canada is a real possibility. They tried to sell me a 2006 white D4505 from the Yukon fleet (with a ZF transmission) but I declined. They also tried to sell me #1150 and #1182 because I was added to their mailing list. I think they sold all 3 of those to someone else. Highway 881 didn't have many passengers anyway. The Kamloops-Calgary has been reduced. The Hope - Princeton - Penticton has been axed and rerouted to go via BC 97C (Okanagan Connector). Next up don't be surprised if the second Edmonton - Saskatoon is axed and Edmonton - Fort McMurray reduced to 1x daily and Kelowna - Lethbridge axed or reduced to 3x weekly. Also don't be surprised if all the Northern Manitoba routes are axed or reduced to 3x weekly Winnipeg - Flin Flon and 1x daily Winnipeg - Thompson. Remember, this is the same company that axed all service to Omaha, a city with 1 million population.
  10. Swadian

    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    Edmonton - Grande Prairie Express has been discontinued. Edmonton - Calgary reduced to 5x daily.
  11. He said that Pacific Western Diversified purchase #778. They did not necessarily purchase the trailers. The trailer hitch can be removed or left as it is without pulling a trailer.
  12. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    I believe the van service is defunct or operates very "irregularly". What kind of coach seats 44 passengers? Prevost H3-40?
  13. Swadian

    Dave Mackey

    Does anyone know how to contact Dave Mackey, former webmaster of Motor Bus Society?
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