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Actually a hitch is pretty easy to remove.. Usually the bolts are siezed in and the nuts come off pretty easy with a 1/2" impact. It's when the bolts spin that it can be time consuming as we'd have to drop the bumper and such. But overall it's not too bad of a job.

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So far I have seen 1122, 1125, and 1131 in Alberta after being rebuilt. All three had trailer hitches and plumbing when I first saw them. However 1122 has since had her hitch removed. That was the one of the three I got to drive on Sunday. What a B-E-A-UTIFUL ride.

Spotted and photographed 1125 today, Hitch still installed on this unit.

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Yeah I know that, but why would they even bother to take them off..?

You can't put a trailer on a coach without a hitch, no matter what a dispatcher or yard hostler wants to try to do!

If the refurbished are for a "First Class" Service (WiFi, Express speed etc), then why would it pull "Second Class" freight? "Sorry Dispatcher, you can't steal 1122 for a trailer-freight local run, it hasn't a hitch!"

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http://www.cbc.ca/m/rich/news/story/2012/03/08/bc-kamloops-greyhound-death.html

Man found dead on Greyhound bus in Kamloops, B.C.

Posted: Mar 8, 2012 10:45 AM ET

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2012 4:09 PM ET

A man was found dead on a Greyhound bus shortly after it arrived at the depot in Kamloops, B.C., from Calgary on Wednesday afternoon.

Cleaning staff made the grisly discovery around 4:30 p.m. PT, said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Bob Jones.

"The bus company cleaning personnel arrived and they noticed that the male passenger sitting in the back of the bus hadn't disembarked, " said Jones.

"When they tried to arouse him, they found that he wasn't conscious and called police as well as [emergency health services]."

Police say the man, who was in his early 30s, was carrying a variety of prescription medicines and had told some of the other 25 travellers that he was not feeling well when the bus left Calgary.

Police are treating the case as a suspicious death, until autopsy results are received, but say there weren't any obvious signs of foul play.

The man's name has not yet been released, but police say he is not from Kamloops.

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April 18, 2012

Industry News

Greyhound orders 60 Prevost XE-45s

M-Greyhound-X3-45-city.jpgGreyhound ordered 60 new X3-45 motorcoaches from Prevost, extending a partnershipthat has been in place since 2007.

The coaches have been designed to meet the demanding needs of Greyhound and their customers, according to Prevost.

“Greyhound and Prevost share a commitment to providing safe, efficient transportation to passengers across North America. The combined efforts of these two industry leading organizations will be a significant benefit to the transportation industry for the foreseeable future,” said Gaetan Bolduc, Prevost’s CEO.

The 60 X3-45 coaches are equipped with features that advance Prevost’s commitment to safety, including Prevost AWARE, which includes adaptive cruise braking, following distance alerts and stationary object alerts, providing timely information to the driver and encouraging good driving habits.

Other Prevost safety features include the Prevost Electronic Stability Program, the Beru tire pressure monitoring system and the Automatic Fire Suppression System. The coaches also boast dual 1800 watt inverters, powering 110-volt outlets and Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the coach cabin for each passenger.

Additional highlights include an Aesys electronic destination sign and Prevost’s exclusive Swap & Plug wheelchair lift, as well as Volvo D13 EPA 2010 engines.

Delivery of the X3-45 coaches is scheduled to begin in June 2012 and be completed in October 2012.

Copyright © 2012 Metro Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

Source: http://www.metro-mag...ium=Enewsletter

Would be nice if those are for Canada!!

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Source: http://www.metro-mag...ium=Enewsletter

Would be nice if those are for Canada!!

And for California!, those Contracted Crucero Van Hools need to go :angry:

Chances are they are for California and Texas as a new Express service is due to start in May

From Greyhounds Facebook Page

Hello, California and Texas! We’re happy to announce that we’ll be expanding our Express service to the following cities starting May 2 - :

• Los Angeles

• Oakland

• San Francisco

• San Jose

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Why don't we have this from Greyhound here?

Yes I know Coach Canada offers $1 tickets between Montreal & Toronto.

How about Greyhound offering $1 fairs between Ottawa & Toronto with these type of coacvhjes and private weaiting areas? But you'll never se that here.

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Chances are they are for California and Texas as a new Express service is due to start in May

From Greyhounds Facebook Page

Then I guess Megabus won't be far behind in re-entering the south-western part of the US.

Why don't we have this from Greyhound here?

Yes I know Coach Canada offers $1 tickets between Montreal & Toronto.

How about Greyhound offering $1 fairs between Ottawa & Toronto with these type of coacvhjes and private weaiting areas? But you'll never se that here.

You may want to start pressuring Megabus to start adding Ottawa as a destination. Although if I can remember, Coach Canada was hiring drivers and cleaning personnel in Ottawa couple of months ago. Perhaps they want to expand Megabus into Ottawa...

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Why don't we have this from Greyhound here?

Yes I know Coach Canada offers $1 tickets between Montreal & Toronto.

How about Greyhound offering $1 fairs between Ottawa & Toronto with these type of coacvhjes and private weaiting areas? But you'll never se that here.

You may want to start pressuring Megabus to start adding Ottawa as a destination. Although if I can remember, Coach Canada was hiring drivers and cleaning personnel in Ottawa couple of months ago. Perhaps they want to expand Megabus into Ottawa...

Greyhound offers the same sort of discounts in Alberta... this is because of competition along the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, where Red Arrow offers those fares. Greyhound has no competition in the Toronto-Ottawa and Ottawa-Montreal corridors, so they have no incentive to provide discounts since they have a monopoly on the corridor.

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Why don't we have this from Greyhound here?

Yes I know Coach Canada offers $1 tickets between Montreal & Toronto.

How about Greyhound offering $1 fairs between Ottawa & Toronto with these type of coacvhjes and private weaiting areas? But you'll never se that here.

It is expected that these sorts of discounts will start to show up on the Vancouver-Whistler corridor by October of this year.

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On occasion a bit of competition can be a good thing. On the other hand, competition on a route where one carrier has a large monopoly and the resources to do not so good things by really low balling on a large basis can put other carriers out of the market or even out of business if the dominant carrier can keep it up steadily enough for a long enough period of time. The the discounts disappear and the prices go right back to where they were or higher. This has proven to be the case in the airline business far too many times. Max Ward ran a great airline but was not given the rights he needed to have a competitive airline. Sometimes regulation is good. Sometimes it is not. I know a bus company whose owner says their fares will always be a bit cheaper just to keep the competition honest, but the larger, longer serving carrier has more passengers likely just because those in the area think of the larger, longer serving carrier first when they go to book their trips.Regardless, regulation or not, a carrier must be profitable; hence why many routes are or have been let go recently.

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It is expected that these sorts of discounts will start to show up on the Vancouver-Whistler corridor by October of this year.

I'm sure they will when Greyhound's Blue buses show up at the same time to compete against PCL. However Pacific Coach has a very strong advantage over Greyhound!! Their schedules are way more convenient...and they are a Local company that thinks outside the box..They have alot of loyal customers who have been with them since their inception, and plus PCL also does pickups at downtown Hotels and the Airport...Convenience alot of people love. And they have offered way better buses than Greyhound could ever offer for years.

Greyhound offers the same sort of discounts in Alberta... this is because of competition along the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, where Red Arrow offers those fares. Greyhound has no competition in the Toronto-Ottawa and Ottawa-Montreal corridors, so they have no incentive to provide discounts since they have a monopoly on the corridor.

Greyhound has to offer these fares...Red Arrow does Big Business between Fort McMurray and Calagary...their buses are Always full and sometimes running 2-3 buses per trip on some schedules.

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Dave Mabell

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

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Greyhound is abandoning most communities in southern Alberta.

As of Oct. 1, the foreign-owned bus line will cut service along the Crowsnest Highway as well as Highway 2 north to Calgary.

That will leave residents of Coaldale, Taber and points east with no passenger service. People in Granum, Claresholm, Nanton and High River will also be abandoned, according to a release from Greyhound Canada's operations centre in Calgary.

Daytime services northbound from Lethbridge will also be reduced, with daily departures set for 8:30 a.m. (stopping in Vulcan) and 5 p.m. (non-stop.) A 3:15 p.m. trip will also run Thursday to Saturday.

An overnight bus from Vancouver, meanwhile, will arrive here at 4:15 a.m. and leave for Calgary 15 minutes later.

Return trips from Calgary will leave at 1, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Morning service, leaving there at 8 a.m., will be restricted to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The only scheduled service to Fort Macleod and points west, meanwhile, will leave Lethbridge at 1 a.m. daily and 10:45 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The service reductions are the latest in a series of cuts announced by Greyhound since the provincial government deregulated the highway passenger industry last year. No public hearings are provided.

This is the Schedule that runs Calgary-Lethbridge-Medicine Hat that they are elimintating. I'm not sure why they had the schedule doing that route anyways...It would have made more sense to have one of the East buses from Regina route via Medicine Hat-Lethbridge-Okotoks-Calgary. And why run into Vulcan and eliminate High River,Nanton,Claresholm?? Very weird. If they would have done that, keeping that Medicine Hat local would have made sense, just with different timing.

But Yes guaranteed Red Arrow is bound to get more business because of these reductions, as they already stop and pick up in all these places Greyhound is cutting service to north of Lethrbidge.

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One person died in a head-on collision with a Greyhound Bus outside of Ottawa today. Bus # 86120 was involved. More details here.

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I wonder if the bus will be fixed up considering it's almost brand new.

I've seen worse then that, the insurance company can just tow it to Eastway and have it fixed in about 2-3 weeks...

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I've seen worse then that, the insurance company can just tow it to Eastway and have it fixed in about 2-3 weeks...

Knowing Greyhound and the Insurance company, it will be fixed but not in 2-3 weeks!

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Knowing Greyhound and the Insurance company, it will be fixed but not in 2-3 weeks!

It appears that the Prevost X3-45 held up quite well considering the impact it endured... But yes, I do agree that it will be quite some time before this coach will return to the highways. Insurance does take quite a while after an incident like this.

But it does seem like the Greyhound operator did an excellent job of keeping that bus in control after the impact...

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I just said 2-3 weeks because of assessment, ordering parts and possible body repair depending on how damaged. It also depends on Autobody shop's schedule such other vehicles needing repair and etc. AZ Bus would have an accident vehicle repaired within a week but two the most because of it being done in-house.

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I figured this would be a good place for this

Found on Greyhound.ca

BC COMMUTER TRAVEL BLACKOUTS

Please be advised that beginning December 1, 2012 thru January 8, 2013 the British Columbia commuter multi-rides will be blacked out for travel with

the exception of Whistler – Pemberton corridor. The multi-rides

include travel involving monthly passes, 10-rides and 20-rides.

Customers may still purchase multi-rides during this period, but will

not be allowed to use the multi-rides until January 9, 2013.

Anyone know the reasoning behind this ?

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I figured this would be a good place for this

Found on Greyhound.ca

Anyone know the reasoning behind this ?

These muti ride passes don't show up in the computer system when trying to get an idea of how many will be riding that trip. My guess is that they want to manage the passenger numbersxso they can better manage the use of equipment during the Christmas rush.

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I think I've seen other scheduling and fare blackouts with the hound. It's very common in travel and transportation field to have fare black outs during peak travel periods. Why discount fares when you know there will be lots of people travelling anyway, it maximises revenue & profit.

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