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  1. Swadian

    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    That's the same order of 360 units from last year.
  2. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Yes, they are and that is probably precisely why Greyhound is bugging out. They don't want to cross-subsidize anything and they don't want to run anything that doesn't make a profit. Furthermore, Greyhound was running many routes that couldn't support anywhere near a 45-footer. What's the point of using a 55-seat D4505 on the Whitehorse run if that only had an average of 3 passengers per trip at 3x weekly? By the way, almost all of the equipment will likely be sold as Greyhound just listed approx. 20 more units for sale, including D4505s.
  3. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    No, it's not you and I misunderstood. There's certain members here where I have gotten into flame wars with before on a different forum, and it turned uncivil fast. I'm also getting dissed every day at my occupation for security and liability reasons. That must be why I'm so sensitive, and I'll try to be less so in the future.
  4. Swadian

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    Well that makes sense. If Greyhound did pull out, GO would probably be granted permission to run the exact same routes and schedules.
  5. Swadian

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    Not GLC as an operator; GLC equipment on GLI schedules. That's if GLC gets rid of a section on the TCH, leaving the Western and Eastern fleets separated. In that case, GLC could conveniently "get rid of" the Eastern fleet (which don't need trailer hitches) and lay off some OTG and TOR employees. GLI G4500s did run out of Vancouver to Kelowna, Kamloops, and Whistler.
  6. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Again, I'm not disagreeing with you, but the GJ Sentinel article that you quoted said: "That became apparent over the years as the service has had a 300 percent increase in ridership since the first runs began in July 2015." So, if the first run had 1 passenger and the run now has 4 passengers, that would be a 300% increase. Of course the article actually quotes "15,000 annual ridership", so the ridership in 2015 was probably something like 3,750. The reason I'm pointing this out is because there was a certain not-so-honorable company touting a 1500% increase of ridership in the first year. Just semantics. Quit ganging up on me and calling me a "local daily fish wrap". I'm reading the words from the article, and the article you quoted did not mention Greyhound ridership at all; it only mentioned Bustang comparing themselves to themselves. Even if Bustang obtained Greyhound ridership figures, it was not mentioned in the article you quoted. If that wasn't your intention, then let's move on. We agree on Bustang's success anyway.
  7. Swadian

    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    Schedule 5022? Wasn't that the Vancouver - Osoyoos? Well now it looks like a Vancouver - Kamloops local, so not sure why that would be express. Vancouver - Calgary is probably one of the better Greyhound routes in the West - nice scenery and lots of tourism.
  8. Swadian

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    I agree, they probably shouldn't downright close any maintenance centers but greatly reducing OTG and somewhat reducing TOR is a possibly. After all, they did just lay off employees at VAN and EDM. GLC used to run in the US and have a USDOT number so not sure why GLI couldn't run in Canada. Anyway, I agree it would all be paperwork. Concurred.
  9. Swadian

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    Yes, I did "guess" what would happen, but not "based on no factual information". I assumed that any Greyhound Canada route competing with government-funded services such as Ontario Northland or GO Transit would be discontinued, simply because they would be at a competitive disadvantage. I assumed that most commuter services would be discontinued because Greyhound's CEO couldn't get rid of them fast enough in the US. I also assumed that all routes through sparsely-populated areas would be reduced or discontinued, simply because they were indeed reduced or discontinued in BC. I additionally assumed that the "rumors" mentioned by @DavidW have some merit. Lastly, I assumed that any route which would be discontinued had it been operating in the deregulated US would be discontinued. I think you guys misunderstood; the statements about GLI were based on what @roeco said about cutting the White River - Toronto. If that were done, GLC would have no way of getting buses between the West and the East. Therefore, I believe GLC would keep operating in the West with their trailer-capable units and GLI would rotate equipment into GLC routes in the east, as they currently already do. Yes, the schedule are listed "GLC" in the timetable, but the equipment would be GLI. It would allow GLC to reduce TOR and reduce or eliminate the OTG maintenance center. GLI did destroy the NYD, SFD, MSP, and SEA maintenance centers.
  10. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    l agree except that a private carrier is not required to release ridership data to anyone unless they are using public funds. Therefore, Greyhound is not required to release ridership data to Colorado. Either way, I'm sure Bustang is doing a good job but at one point a few years ago I heard that they were struggling. There was no brand recognition compared to Greyhound.
  11. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    They probably did improve, but the "300% increase" must have been Bustang comparing themselves to themselves as Greyhound does not release ridership figures and Bustang does interline with Greyhound. So it's sort of like Greyhound dropped the unprofitable routes and had government-funded Bustang take over.
  12. Swadian

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    I just looked through the Greyhound Canada System Timetable and if they want to cut more we could anticipate: Ottawa - Sudbury: Discontinued, replaced by Ontario Northland. Kamloops - Kelowna - Penticton: Reduced to 1x daily Calgary - Lethbridge - Kelowna: Reduced to 3x weekly Edmonton - Fort McMurray: Reduced to 1x daily Edmonton - Saskatoon: Discontinued, 1x daily Edmonton - Winnipeg retained Winnipeg - Thompson: Reduced to 3x weekly Winnipeg - Flin Flon: Reduced to 3x weekly Winnipeg - Toronto: Reduced to 3x weekly Thompson - Gilliam: Reduced to 2x weekly Thompson - Cross Lake: Reduced to 1x weekly Toronto Area Commuter Service: Discontinued, replaced by GO Transit Peterborough - Pembroke: Discontinued Toronto - Owen Sound: Discontinued, replaced by GO Transit or Ontario Northland Ottawa - Cornwall: Discontinued Montreal - Ottawa: Replaced by GLI Ottawa - Kingston: Replaced by GLI Toronto - Ottawa: Replaced by GLI Toronto - London: Replaced by GLI
  13. Swadian

    FlixBus Launches in United States

    I used to live in Niedersachsen and indeed they are using the same business model that they were using in Germany (though I moved away before they started), but let's not forget that they have a near-monopoly in Germany. One can use the same business model in Germany as in the US, but the implementation of that business model will naturally differ, especially since Flixbus doesn't actually own or operate any buses. A lot of the things they're doing that are specific to Flixbus USA came from yours truly. American Explorer Motorcoach made a pretense to a partnership and obtained our business plan. After they got it, they never responded to contact again. Around the same time, someone from Flixbus USA viewed my LinkedIn profile. The next thing you know, American Explorer Motorcoach is working for Flixbus doing a lot of the same things that were in our business plan. The only facts we know are that they have our business plan, they are working for Flixbus now, and Flixbus is doing some of those things in said business plan. Not enough to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, but we simply shouldn't have made the mistake of giving our business plan to the devil in the first place. That was our error. Anyway, anytime you see Flixbus being touted in the media as these great nice hard-working young men, think twice.
  14. Swadian

    FlixBus Launches in United States

    A certain birdie (I will not name names) from American Explorer Motorcoach stole our business plan after making false pretenses to a partnership and handed it to Flixbus. And of course the press gave the publicity to them. No kidding. I could use harsher words, but I will just say that if Flixbus has any success in the US, you know what really happened.
  15. Swadian

    Greyhound in the news

    Greyhound did not pull out of Western Colorado; they still run I-70 3x daily. They pulled out of Durango, but not Grand Junction or Glenwood Springs.
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