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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia – Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX.V:BUS) (“Grande West” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the Company won a competitive public Tender Bid Contract to supply 3 - 30’ model Vicinity buses for the City of Oakville.

CEO William Trainer stated, “This is a major win for Grande West with huge potential, as the contract allows for any of the 14 members of the Metrolinx’s consortium to acquire buses under this contract. They include Oakville, City of Barrie, City of Burlington, Durham Region Transit, City of Hamilton, City of Kingston, City of London, Town of Milton, City of North Bay, City of Sarnia, City of St. Catharines, City of Welland, City of Windsor, and the York Region Transit.”

http://www.grandewest.com/release/grande-west-continues-win-tenders


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia – Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX.V: BUS) (“Grande West” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received orders from the Company’s Eastern Canadian dealer, City View Bus Sales Ltd. for eight (8) Vicinity buses.

The contract value is $2.4 million for eight Vicinity buses, not including parts and service.

http://www.grandewest.com/release/grande-west-secures-new-bus-orders

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia – Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX.V:BUS) (“Grande West” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the Company won a competitive public Tender Bid Contract to supply 3 - 30’ model Vicinity buses for the City of Oakville.

CEO William Trainer stated, “This is a major win for Grande West with huge potential, as the contract allows for any of the 14 members of the Metrolinx’s consortium to acquire buses under this contract. They include Oakville, City of Barrie, City of Burlington, Durham Region Transit, City of Hamilton, City of Kingston, City of London, Town of Milton, City of North Bay, City of Sarnia, City of St. Catharines, City of Welland, City of Windsor, and the York Region Transit.”

http://www.grandewest.com/release/grande-west-continues-win-tenders

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia – Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX.V: BUS) (“Grande West” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received orders from the Company’s Eastern Canadian dealer, City View Bus Sales Ltd. for eight (8) Vicinity buses.

The contract value is $2.4 million for eight Vicinity buses, not including parts and service.

http://www.grandewest.com/release/grande-west-secures-new-bus-orders

good news for Oakville, although i wish they would get the Midi as well, as there is none of them in southern Ontario yet.

the 2nd news for 8 Vicinity buses for City View, who is getting these 8 buses?

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Press release from Marketwire

Grande West Announces 50 Bus Order for USA

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Grande West Announces 50 Bus Order for USA 08:00 EDT Tuesday, October 27, 2015

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2015) - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Alliance Bus Group (ABG Distribution LLC) has placed orders for 50 Vicinity buses.

The order is valued at over $16 million CND with expected deliveries starting in Q2, 2016.

"We are extremely pleased with our first USA order which comes only four months after Grande West signed its agreement with ABG. Grande West is committed to a large marketing campaign with ABG to ensure the successful launch of our Vicinity buses in the USA," commented William Trainer, President and CEO of Grande West Transportation.

About ABG Distribution LLC

ABG Distribution LLC is a division of the Alliance Bus Group and is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full size highway coaches and transit buses, mid-size shuttle and transit vehicles, and custom transportation vehicles. A comprehensive after sales service network supports customers with maintenance repairs, collision services and a full supporting parts inventory. Financing and leasing options are also available through the company's financial services group.

About Grande West Transportation Group

Grande West is a Canadian bus manufacturer who designed, engineered and manufactures Vicinity buses. With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with the Vicinity bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus now in operation in many municipalities across Canada.

The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs significantly less than a regular 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel and emits less harmful emissions. It is a Smart Choice for Right Sizing your transit fleet.

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Press release from Marketwire

Grande West Announces 50 Bus Order for USA

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Grande West Announces 50 Bus Order for USA 08:00 EDT Tuesday, October 27, 2015

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2015) - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Alliance Bus Group (ABG Distribution LLC) has placed orders for 50 Vicinity buses.

The order is valued at over $16 million CND with expected deliveries starting in Q2, 2016.

"We are extremely pleased with our first USA order which comes only four months after Grande West signed its agreement with ABG. Grande West is committed to a large marketing campaign with ABG to ensure the successful launch of our Vicinity buses in the USA," commented William Trainer, President and CEO of Grande West Transportation.

About ABG Distribution LLC

ABG Distribution LLC is a division of the Alliance Bus Group and is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full size highway coaches and transit buses, mid-size shuttle and transit vehicles, and custom transportation vehicles. A comprehensive after sales service network supports customers with maintenance repairs, collision services and a full supporting parts inventory. Financing and leasing options are also available through the company's financial services group.

About Grande West Transportation Group

Grande West is a Canadian bus manufacturer who designed, engineered and manufactures Vicinity buses. With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with the Vicinity bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus now in operation in many municipalities across Canada.

The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs significantly less than a regular 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel and emits less harmful emissions. It is a Smart Choice for Right Sizing your transit fleet.

which transit systems will they be serving?

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which transit systems will they be serving?

My guess is they still have to find buyers for them, but I don't know. Alliance Bus Group looks like a middle man. Thats why it refers to a marketing campaign to come. I'm guessing very small TAs and/or Universities.

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Can't post the link as I am on my phone but Calgary transit has placed an order for 10 vicinity buses. Thr release on their website does not specify the length.

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My guess is they still have to find buyers for them, but I don't know. Alliance Bus Group looks like a middle man. Thats why it refers to a marketing campaign to come. I'm guessing very small TAs and/or Universities.

if they are just dealers they won't just buy the bus first and try to resell them.................doesn't make sense

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if they are just dealers they won't just buy the bus first and try to resell them.................doesn't make sense

If they placed an order of that size they would have at least half sold if not all of them.

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Interesting, there's a press release on their website from October 22nd stating that they're now testing their 30ft model at Altoona, Pa. and that the CEO and President William Trainer saying that they hope to start bidding their bus models in the USA starting in 2016.

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35 minutes ago, TheAverageJoe said:

Comes down to lower price since they are assembled in China

Exactly! I just listened to New Flyer CEO talking about this on their quarterly conference call Q and A. He said they let the Vicinity win that award rather than compete on price since the price was not acceptable for Flyer to make money. He also said that NFI is finding that the market for a medium duty bus is smaller than they thought--only 400 to 500 buses per year.

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Some more recent Vicinity orders from Orangeville, Ontario and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Vicinity continues to win over the Midi in most cases, being $13,000 lower in the Orangeville bid. The Orangeville report stated that the Vicinity had a declared Canadian content of 21% while the Midi only had 8%. The Prince Albert order will be 35' buses and have stainless steel frames. It was also noted in the report Grande West hopes to have a CNG version available by the end of 2017.

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Grande West Awarded City of Edmonton Long Term Contract

VANCOUVER, Sept. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSXV: BUS; OTC PINK: GWTNF) – ("Grande West" or the "Company"), a manufacturer of heavy-duty mid-sized transit buses for sale in Canada and the United-States, is pleased to announce that the City of Edmonton has awarded Grande West a long term supply contract for mid-size 30 foot Vicinity® buses.

The contract has forecasted quantities (firm and options) for up to forty-five (45) buses, allows the City to increase the number of buses as required and extend the contract for up to 5 years. The initial 2017 delivery order is for six (6) Vicinity buses valued at approximately $2.33 million CAD. The 5 year contract value, if fully exercised, is estimated at approximately $18 million CAD.

"We are extremely proud of this important award from the City of Edmonton," said Jean-Marc Landry, Grande West's Vice President, Business Development, "This order reinforces Grande West's strong momentum and growing market share in Canada."

About Grande West Transportation Group

Grande West Transportation Group is a Canadian bus manufacturer which designs, engineers and manufactures mid-size buses for transit authorities and commercial enterprises. Grande West's Vicinity bus is available in 30 and 35 foot models designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs significantly less than a regular 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel and emits less harmful emissions.

The Company has been successful in supplying Canadian municipal transportation agencies and private operators with new buses and is receiving follow-on orders in most Provinces across the country. Grande West is also receiving orders in the much larger US market from private operators, while working towards a 'Buy America' certification in order to sell to federal and state transit authorities. 

 

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/grande-west-awarded-city-of-edmonton-long-term-contract-592718371.html

Moose Jaw also has 1 Vicinity bus now.

 

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1 hour ago, TTC 9701 said:

I honestly cannot see the MiDi being on the market for much longer.

Do you mean just in Canada? Seems like NFI will try harder to compete in the US, given the lack of Canadian content.

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5 hours ago, MAX BRT said:

Do you mean just in Canada? Seems like NFI will try harder to compete in the US, given the lack of Canadian content.

I did notice that it is geared to the U.S with only a few systems in Canada operating them. But with the now known flaw in the Vicinity with towing issues, I do wonder if that will be fixed

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It seems like Grande West is poised to take away a lot of El Dorado National US customers once they receive US certification...they've already done a good job of taking away a lot of their Canadian business.

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On 9/15/2016 at 7:44 PM, Mr. Transit said:

It seems like Grande West is poised to take away a lot of El Dorado National US customers once they receive US certification...they've already done a good job of taking away a lot of their Canadian business.

El Dorado was doomed in Canada before that with low Canadian content.

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