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    I like urban and inter-city public transportation modes. I also enjoy travelling & photography along with stopping for an occassional Lager on tap. Cheers!

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  1. ShermanOaks

    Life After Greyhound

    Clearly in the post-Greyhound realm, other carriers operating 'regional" services have found their niche while trying to keep financially viable. That's clearly the pattern in all four Western Provinces (links from big cities to smaller cities and intermediate points intra-provincially). I know in Manitoba, the northern focus is simply because the cost of northern flights are very expensive, there are no advance booking discounts. The bus is simply the cheaper alternative, especially for non-urgent medical trips ($135 o/w versus $1,100 o/w!). I didn't think the concept of a non-subsidized inter-provincial across the west "Trans-Canada" service was going to fly (pardon the pun) given the competition from ultra-low fare airlines like Flair and Swoop over the last year. Greyhound was quite clear on the non-sustainability of their routes due to the large drop in ridership (i.e. ultra discount airlines, increased automobile usage and rural depopulation) which quickly led them to make a prudent business decision. It takes a lot of people and supportive infrastructure to operate multiple coaches (more than six in this case) from the West Coast to the eastern Prairies. With long distances between cities, too many trees and a population spread thinner than butter on bread, the cost to operate and maintain a decent ground transportation service obviously exceeded revenues needed to sustain. I am not sure what model Rider Express is trying to set up? If they are looking at simply replacing what Greyhound had provided, then I hope they have deep pockets and some patience while ridership builds. If they are trying to set up a "no frills" discount bus service (a-la "Bolt" or "Mega") then they might have a fighting chance at staring something but better get going soon. They appear to have a brand, but need up their advertising game, improve their website booking system and actually offer some service for customers. I wonder if the the routes from Vancouver-Calgary-Regina-Winnipeg and from Winnipeg-Saskatoon-Edmoton-Vancouver will qualify for subsidy under the Federal Government's recently announced program to fund those Greyhound services that have yet to be or cannot be replaced? Maybe Rider Express is eligible? I wait to see what happens ...
  2. ShermanOaks

    Life After Greyhound

    Based on information gathered off of the individual bus company websites, here’s an overview of the “post-Greyhound” scheduled service in Manitoba as of November 3, 2018: The following companies have also been observed in active service: MAPLE BUS LINES - www.maplebuslines.com Operates out of 939 Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg Lv. Winnipeg @ 9:00 PM - Ar. Thompson @ 5:45 PM - Sunday to Thursday Lv. Thompson @ 10:00 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 5:45 PM - Sunday to Thursday Lv. Thompson @ 2:15 PM - Ar. Cross Lake @ 5:30 PM - Monday to Thursday Lv. Cross lake @ 5:10 PM - Ar. Thompson @ 8:25 PM - Monday to Thursday Lv. Winnipeg @ 7:15 AM - Ar. The Pas @ 4:10 PM - Ar. Thomspon @ 8:25 PM - Monday to Friday Lv. Thompson @ 8:15 AM - Ar. The Pas @ 12:25 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 9:50 PM - Monday to Friday THOMPSON BUS - www.thompsonbus.com Operates from the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport: Lv. Thompson @ 10:00 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 7:10 PM - Sunday to Thursday Lv. Winnipeg @ 10:00 PM - Ar. Thompson @ 7:10 PM - Monday to Friday Lv. Gillam @ 7:45 AM - Ar. Thompson @ 11:45 AM - Monday-Thursday Lv. Thompson @ 4:30 PM - Ar. Gillam @ 5:40 PM - Sunday to Wednesday Lv. Thompson @ 1:15 PM - Ar. Cross Lake @ 4:10 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday Lv. Cross lake @ 4:30 PM - Ar. Thompson @ 7:25 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday BRANDON AIR SHUTTLE - www.brandonairshuttle.com Operates from the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport: Lv. Brandon @ 7:00 AM/ 10:00 AM / 2:00 PM Ar. Winnipeg Airport @ 9:30 AM / 12:30 PM / 5:00 PM - Daily Lv. Winnipeg Airport @ 11:00 AM / 3:30 PM / 8:00 PM Ar. Brandon @ 1:30 PM / 6:00 PM / 10:30 PM - Daily Lv. Dauphin @ 9:30 AM / 1:30 PM - Ar. Brandon @ 11:30 AM / 3:30 PM - Daily Lv. Brandon @ 1:30 PM / 6:00 PM - Ar. Dauphin @ 3:30 PM / 8:00 PM - Daily KAPSER TRANSPORTATION - www.gokasper.com Operates from Balmoral Street stop in downtown Winnipeg: Lv Selkirk @ 6:30 AM / 8:30 AM / 10:30 AM / 3:30 PM / 5:30 PM Lv. Winnipeg @ 7:30 AM / 9:30 AM / 11:30 AM / 4:30 PM / 6:30 PM - Monday to Friday Lv. Winnipeg @ 8:20 AM - Ar. Sioux Lookout @ 3:00 PM - Mondsy, Wednesday, Friday Lv. Sioux Lookout @ 3:00 PM - Ar. Thunder Bay @ 7:00 PM - Daily Lv. Thunder Bay @ 9:30 AM - Ar. Sioux Lookout @ 3:00 PM - Daily Lv. Sioux Lookout @ 3:00 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 7:05 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday The following companies have received operating authority and have announced their intentions to start service but have not yet been observed in service. KELSEY BUS LINES - www.kelseybuslines2014.com Website has schedules posted, media report indicated will start in mid-November: Lv Flin Flon @ 7:30 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 6:50 AM - Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday Lv. Winnipeg @ 8:30 PM - Ar. Flin Flon @ 8:30 AM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday Lv. Thompson @ 10:00 PM - Ar. Winnipeg @ 7:10 PM - Sunday Tuesday, Thursday Lv. Winnipeg @ 10:45 PM - Ar. Thompson @ 7:55 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday RIDER EXPRESS - www.riderexpress.ca Website indicate that Calgary-Winnipeg trips on hold, however they planning to start Edmonton-Saskatoon service on November 12th with their timetable showing a Saskatoon-Regina-Winnipeg portion: Lv. Regina @ 11:30 AM - Ar. Headingley Flying J @ 6:30 PM - Daily Lv. Headingley Flying J @ 11:30 PM - Ar. Regina @ 6:30 AM - Daily Despite some media reports raising concern, northern Manitoba appears to be very well (and perhaps over-) serviced. The key thing to watch here is if this level of service continues (based on demand) and if these companies continue to roll. Service to and from the west goes as far as Brandon, but has yet to begin beyond that. This will be interesting to watch as new companies take to the Trans-Canada route. The eastern service into Ontario has been up and running for well over a year or so, and it will likely continue. (Note that Kasper makes a connection with Ontario Northland in White River.) Staying tuned as this continues to unfold ...
  3. ShermanOaks

    Life After Greyhound

    Update on the Manitoba situation, Thompson Bus has begun operations of its overnight Thompson-Winnipeg route via highway PTH #6 using a 47-passenger late model MCI 102series (ex-Northern Bus Lines). Maple Bus Lines begins its Winnipeg-Thompson overnight run on PTH #6 on Sunday, October 21 using a 54-passenger MCI J4500 (ex-Coach Canada). As a note, Greyhound continues to operate its overnight run on Highway PTH #6 until October 30th.
  4. ShermanOaks

    Life After Greyhound

    The dust appears to be settling in Manitoba ... As noted in previous posts by others, Winnipeg-Thompson is hot commodity with three companies announcing plans to operate including Maple Bus Lines, Thompson Bus and Kasper Transportation. Maple Bus Lines will be operating two routes, one via the Interlake on Highway 6 and the other via PLAP-Dauphin-Swan River-The Pas-Snow Lake Jct-Thompson. They also have authority for Thomspon-Cross Lake. Coaches and depots are ready to go and website is up and running. Expect to see these folks ou and about very soon! Thompson Bus has been reported to be up and running between Thompson and Gillam, and is close to obtaining coaches and starting the Winnipeg journey at some point soon. Kelsey Bus Lines has also applied to operate The Pas-Winnipeg, but not much said or reported about this? Current operators that will be left after Greyhound closes up shop in the west are Dauphin-Brandon-Winnipeg Air Shuttle which operates multiple daily trips using 15-passenger vans, and Kasper Transportation operating Winnipeg-Selkirk and Winnipeg-Kenora-Sioux Lookout-Thunder Bay with 15-passenger vans. Rider Express has apparently been given authority for Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border. Media reports have them operating Winnipeg-Regina-Calgary and possibly all the way to Vancouver using motor coaches based out of a Calgary base. This is interesting stuff. Staying tuned ...
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    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines has ceased operation of its Fargo to Winnipeg run (schedules 703 & 704) effective Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
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    Kasper Mini Bus

    In a letter to it's customers and the (now defunct) Manitoba Transport Board on February 27, 2018, Kasper Transportation announced that it will cease operating the Selkirk to Winnipeg Commuter Run. Please see the Kasper website at: https://gokasper.com/2018/02/28/notice-cancellation-commuter-services-selkirk/
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Iron Range Bus Lines of Thunder Bay, Ontario MCI model G4500 on charter duty in Winnipeg today.
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Caribou Coach Transportation Company of Thunder Bay, Ontario seen in Winnipeg today.
  9. ShermanOaks

    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    It appears that GCTC added extra schedules 5613 & 5614 during the Christmas/New Years rush between Toronto and Calgary. Trips are scheduled for Saturday, January 2 & Sunday January 3 and operate express.
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    Beaver Bus Lines

    Freshly wrapped in University of Manitoba livery, Beaver Bus Lines 95 (2006 MCI model J4500) seen on charter duty today in Winnipeg.
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    6228 arriving in Brandon, Manitoba ... Thanks roeco! That's encouraging because intercity public transporation options are getting a little thin here in the 'Peg. On another note, Brandon Bus Lines has begun operating a scheduled service between Brandon & Winnipeg. The service operates Monday to Friday, with the bus leaving Brandon (Greyhound Depot) at 07:00 and arriving in Winnipeg (Greyhound Depot) at 09:45. The return trip leaves Winnipeg at 15:30 and arrives Brandon at 18:15. (Brandon Bus Lines is the contract operator of the Greyhound Depot in Brandon and is also a freight contractor for GC's GPX in western Manitoba.)
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    8881 assigned to schedule #5230, seen leaving Winnipeg at 08:45 for the last time. This schedule on Table 701 has been cancelled.
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Beaver Bus Lines 113 ...
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Winning Streak of Thunder Bay, Ontario seen today on charter duty at the Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    The large orange pumpkin spotted yeaterday at Archibald Street garage preparing for a charter trip ...
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