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  1. Reviving an old thread but I just got a good look at bus # 1901 today. Oddly it has a rear destination sign (which was not in use).
  2. Michel

    Cornwall Transit

    Some ex-Cornwall Eldorado buses are for sale on Facebook Marketplace.
  3. Spotted former Greater Sudbury Transit buses 761, 762, and 763 on flatbed trucks heading eastbound on Highway 17 at Deep River. There's a few scrapyards closer to town so I'm thinking these are going to have a second life or be used for parts.
  4. Sorry I don't agree. It's checking ID and that's it. "Oh it's SUCH a hastle to take the train because I have to take 5 seconds out of my time to show my ID...." If you want to think of something shameful then you should worry about them not putting everyone's bags through a metal detector. You also can't compare verifying identification with wanting to improve service in an area. If VIA restores or improves service to areas that previously had cutbacks, then people will take it regardless of whether they have to show ID or not.
  5. Saw an advertisement on my Facebook feed stating Rider Express operations to Ottawa and Toronto starts June 28th and to go to their website for more info. But I am unable to find more info on their website or book a trip to those destinations.
  6. A variety of carriers will fill the void, some of who have already started in the West. For Ontario and Quebec we'll find out starting July 1st. I doubt one company will ever provide coast to coast service like Greyhound did.
  7. While we're all sure this has/will happen, it would be nice to see a source.
  8. A city of Ottawa perspective on deregulation as well as the names of four companies that are looking into a coalition that will run coast to coast: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/egan-ottawas-future-inter-city-bus-service-more-players-in-deregulated-world
  9. Exploring options for Greyhound service in Ottawa: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/egan-bus-station-gone-greyhound-eyes-link-with-lrt-transitway
  10. Just to clarify, you're speaking of what's left of the Canadian operations only right?
  11. That’s the beauty of deregulation - let the customers decide who they prefer more and may the best company win. I doubt we will see Greyhound ever run out of Ontario again. In fact their service reductions and eventual suspension was the main reasons Ontario Northland expanded their offerings. They are providing essential service to many small communities. I can actually see them reducing that service once other carriers startup and continue focus on those small communities and feed into the bigger cities where Rider Express and Coach Canada would be running.
  12. Target Date for planned expansion into Quebec is now April 2021: https://riderexpress.ca/2021/01/rider-express-expanding-to-the-east/
  13. Tisdale Bus Lines 315 (MCI J4500) spotted tonight at Hunt Club and Riverside in Ottawa.
  14. Wheelchair lifts are still considered an option on the MCI J4500 feature list . Now whether the coaches are new or used (TBD), if they are fully decaled at this point then I doubt there will be any retrofit.
  15. This is very surprising (and curious) to hear.
  16. I understand that the pandemic has changed everything and it will be interesting to see how the industry moves forward. When Greyhound went through that massive bus refurbishment program, while it modernized the coaches, I just thought that was a wrong move.
  17. I'm not sure I 100% agree with this. If I speak specifically about Greyhound, many routes were subsidized by the Government. I think they just failed to evolve - or at the very least show the Government that they deserved continued support. And when other transportation methods became available or more attractive that's when they began to decline. For only a few dollars more I could get direct service with ride sharing (even with an illegal shuttle service), Via Rail's high frequency corridor, or a quick hop on a airplane. Just a few idea off the top of my head I think that they maybe could have done. Lease coaches instead of buying (at least some). That way they always have the latest and most comfortable coaches, technology, and better on time service for your most profitable routes. Talk to your customers - Advertise, use social media, etc... find out when THEY want to leave and when THEY want to arrive. Don't just schedule departure/arrival times simply for the sake of connections. Add additional service for when your customers want to go. I have always questioned the bizarre departure/arrival times on some Greyhound routes. Ticket purchasing. Make it easier for people to buy. How long have smartphones been around? They've had a US app for a few years but not a Canada App. I never found their website to be attractive to customers either. They could then stop relying on "bus stations" and agents for ticket sales. There's so many other ideas. Loyalty points, modernization of existing bus stations, building up parcel delivery (which I am sure was a cash cow!), etc... Bottom line is they just did it to themselves. The "politicians" are chipping in now at least in Ontario. You're seeing it now with the provincial government boosting Ontario Northland service to many of the areas no longer service by Greyhound.
  18. Michel


    That's exactly what I thought! The last 767 left Calgary 3 months ago and some (if not all) are already in the process of being converted to freighters.
  19. This article confirms the sale of 3 garages including the one in Ottawa - https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-scotland-scotland-business-55497587
  20. Michel

    Oakville Transit

    The seller is not the Town of Oakville. Chances are the bus was already purchased direct and is being resold.
  21. Rider Express has officially applied to run in Ontario and Quebec: https://regina.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=2068031
  22. Couple of new photos posted yesterday. 6058 is one of them.
  23. Ottawa Metro Towing & Recovery has posted a couple of photos on their Facebook Page of some 102 DL3 buses being towed to the scrapyard.
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