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  1. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    I would certainly hope that the drivers aren't being scheduled for an out-and-back trip as part of one duty day. The Kelowna bus leaves Vancouver at 10:30am and doesn't get back until over 12 hours later. Consider time to pick up/drop off the bus from the depot & load passengers and that's an almost a 13-14 hour day!!! Now add in some time for snow storms, traffic, etc. I wouldn't want to be on that bus on the return leg, the driver would be beyond fatigued. Never mind if they had already done the same thing the day before. I doubt a driver base would be required in Kelowna, but certainly switching with another driver in order to have a rest period before returning is hopefully already part of their plan. Now, instead of that driver being there a full 24 hours, why not have them rest and then come back with the bus the next morning? The scheduling can certainly be tweaked in order to provide for connections. Same thing with Whistler - currently you can travel from Whistler to Kamloops but not Whistler to Kelowna. And forget about Kamloops or Kelowna to Whistler. What's the point of building up a full network like that if the connectivity isn't there? If you have both Vancouver - Kelowna/Kamloops leaving at 12:30pm or later then you have full network connectivity. A possible departure time could be 2pm, as this provides a 20 minute connection from Victoria & a 2 hour connection from Whistler. Looks like the Whistler timing could possibly tweaked for a later departure/arrival without impacting the next run in order to make a better connection. And then schedule the returns the next day arriving back in Vancouver by 1pm. This provides a reasonable connection to Whistler (1 hour) and Victoria (30 minutes), and the same bus could turn around and head back to the interior. Same number of busses, well-rested drivers, network connectivity. That's how it should be done.
  2. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    Wilson's "The BC Connector" began their service to Kamloops, Kelowna & Whistler today. 1 x Daily to Kamloops & Kelowna 3x Daily to Whistler, with extra departure on Friday https://bcconnector.ca/schedules/ For some reason the Kamloops & Kelowna services have not been timed for connections with their Victoria service, as they arrive back to Vancouver late in the evening. Prices are a few dollars less than EBus.
  3. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    Yes, the BC PTB put a simplified/expedited process in place in wake of Greyhound's announcement: http://www.ptboard.bc.ca/documents/qa-simplified-icb-applications.pdf
  4. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    Why do you say that? The application from Diversified came in a few weeks after Rider's. PTB appears to conduct their reviews based on application date.
  5. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    They seem to be quite disorganized. I mean - they are expecting to start the route in 10 days, but haven't posted a schedule, stop locations, never mind begun taking reservations, etc. They should take the time to do it right instead of half-ass it.
  6. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    No, they do not have approval. Not sure this is the best way to go about it, either.
  7. vortoozo

    Life After Greyhound

    They have applied - but that doesn't mean they've been approved. Wilson's also applied for these routes, as well as Rider's application to the AB border which would also serve Kamloops-Vancouver. A Merritt company also wants to offer Merritt to Kamloops/Kelowna/Prince George, among other, which will also duplicate some of the above applicants. Lots for the PTB to consider. Separately, Snowbus has also applied for year round service covering Richmond & Burnaby to Whistler. http://www.ptboard.bc.ca/bus.htm for all the current proposals.
  8. vortoozo

    VIA Rail Canada

    They did! Last time I took the Canadian, it was a 3 night schedule. It was extended about 10 years ago but that resulted in CN just delaying the train further.
  9. vortoozo

    Greyhound in the news

    In BC, Wilson's is looking at some of the major routes: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/wilson-s-looks-at-taking-over-some-greyhound-bus-routes-1.23363924 Wilson's took over Vancouver - Victoria service from Pacific Coach a year or two ago. They also applied for Victoria - Nanaimo service when Greyhound announced they were discontinuing it, but were denied by the PTB since two other operators already service the route (and beyond).
  10. vortoozo

    Greyhound in the news

    Some provinces regulate bus routes. Take the BC market. If someone bought Greyhound, that would come with all current route authorities and commitments. The ones that make money, and the ones that don't. Instead, that company can now apply to service the routes that they see a business case on. Eg Vancouver - Kelowna etc.
  11. vortoozo

    Greyhound in the news

    Why would someone want to buy Greyhound, and all of it's baggage, when they can just cherry pick routes of interest?
  12. vortoozo

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    No doubt that Wilson's and others will be looking at Vancouver to Kelowna and other profitable routes.
  13. vortoozo

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    Most will probably offer better service than Greyhound.
  14. vortoozo

    Miscellaneous Greyhound discussion

    Ominous indeed. Greyhound Canada to end service in Prairies, B.C., eliminating 415 jobs — and leaving small towns in the lurch All service west of Ontario to be eliminated October 31st. Official press release
  15. You lose flexibility when you create a subfleet of busses. The racks would take up space on other routes that isn't necessary, so it wouldn't make sense to add them fleet-wide. But separating the DD fleet into "70" and "other" means that interlining runs with other routes can't occur and busses can't cycle through maintenance, etc. easily.
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