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    Greyhound in the news

    How about a positive for a change? A Greyhound driver on I-65 came across a burning car in a pile-up and stopped, put out the flames and dragged the man to safety... https://www.jconline.com/story/news/crime/2018/08/14/driver-causes-65-crash-near-lafayette-and-doesnt-stop/990824002/
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    Greyhound in the news

    Subsidizing Kilowna to Penticton is on the table: https://globalnews.ca/news/4382922/taxpayer-funded-bus-route-okanagan-similkameen/
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    Greyhound in the news

    It really is... when the gate to leave the terminal gets stuck shut and you have connections with a trapped bus and are 35 or so minutes down their loss is your gain... 😉 Couldn’t believe that luck. Point is that you can try to hold them and say you have 10+ people but they usually don’t wait with the drivers screaming about “on time performance and the company is after me!”. Gee, there Won’t be a company if you don’t haul anybody... we wait 15+ for them when they have piles of people and several 2+ hour late buses coming in. Their drivers don’t bother to return the favor... My other big complaint is that their drivers are into the mindset “it says get to the station at least 20 minutes early, so if I’m loaded I’m leaving”. This results in buses pulling off 5-10 minutes early. I know one driver in particular who always leaves 4-5 minutes early and always sends somebody to the ticket counter to fix something, runs out to his bus, throws that thing in gear and speeds off... Probably the best one I heard happened in Kalamazoo where their bus left 10 minutes early and somebody came running out to it. The driver stopped, wagged his finger “no” at the person and one of the drivers from another company walked over to his drivers window and asked if he was in a hurry... his response? “On-time performance!, they are all over me about On-time performance!”... Leave like that at any other company and there may be a sudden job opening or some reflective time... I really wish this was isolated but it’s really reflective of their implosion. Oh and There is a schedule (4590, Detroit-Muskegon) that has run on only 1 Saturday since June. The reason? Folks call off rather than come into work and there is no driver. The weekends seem particularly bad at Greyhound in general.
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    Greyhound in the news

    That subsidy per route is tiny too... Jackson, MS is in the spotlight today: https://www.wapt.com/article/passengers-upset-about-delayed-buses-in-jackson/22693470
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    Greyhound in the news

    Our tour of the driver/bus shortage lately takes us to Richmond, VA: http://www.nbc12.com/story/38851452/greyhound-riders-stranded-for-hours-over-driver-shortage Meanwhile in Canada, Amalgamated Transit is trying to get Ottawa to subsidize the western routes to save the 400 drivers jobs... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/greyhound-canada-subsidies-manitoba-saskatchewan-alberta-1.4779609
  6. If Greyhound simply ceased to exist one day the ripple effect may not be as big as we think... all the interline companies would take their routes and buses (the good ones) so fast it’s likely they’d have the routes up and running fast with better service... there is no real reason for it to remain a going concern. Something is up because everything has gone to hell systemwide in the last week or two. Heard a story today from one of the managers that Cleveland has so much freight sitting there that they have a hard time finding a place to load and unload passengers...
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    Greyhound in the news

    Ho hum: https://www.wtae.com/article/greyhound-apologizes-for-bus-delay-that-stranded-some-customers-in-pittsburgh-terminal-for-12-hours/22667714 This past week was an unmitigated disaster for Greyhound in the no drivers or buses dept...
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    I’ve been the last to get a run before and everybody below me went on the extra board so I’ve been on the “good” end of just such a scenario... at a charter and line run company the extra board is a rough place to be...
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    Point taken on that... I feel pretty bad for everybody up there... I get the feeling it’s only a matter of time down here... things are getting really bad...
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    I have a hard time imagining the huge difference in 3 months or so seniority after maybe a year or two... most places have high enough turnover that 3 months is a rounding error sooner or later...
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    If those Greyhound Canada folks were smart they’d get their few thousand dollars on Friday while having their new job pegged to start on Monday. If there are a lot of folks who are jumping ship early I think they may be hurting themselves more than anything...
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    Greyhound in the news

    To Georgia this time as 86309 decided it didn’t feel like driving on and broke down on the freeway. At one point allegedly someone from Greyhound hung up on the driver trying to get some help. They were stuck about 5 hours and another bus took 20 passengers while the remaining 30 left on 86309 once it was started again. Fun times. https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/developing-bus-breaks-down-on-i-16-passengers-stranded-for-hours/1341633597
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    Greyhound in the news

    Kind of an interesting mini-analysis of sorts of late buses in Greensboro North Carolina. A reporter was inspired to observe the on time performance of the buses there for a week. Pretty well written for what it’s worth... http://yesweekly.com/waiting-for-greyhound/
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    Greyhound in the news

    6326 was involved in an accident in or around Winnipeg: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/mobile/greyhound-bus-involved-in-crash-on-portage-avenue-1.4035904 A Greyhound rider near Sacramento, CA decided to pepper spray his fellow passengers while traveling down I-80. One woman even jumped out of one of the emergency windows to escape. 26 hurt in all. https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article215911045.html
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    Greyhound in the news

    Must have been a slow news day overall.. that was the best written of all the news stations in the big apple...
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