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Apparently this company is planning to branch out in Alberta. Seems they are mainly, as appropriately named, in the maritimes right now.

http://www.maritimebus.com/en/alberta.asp

http://www.maritimebus.com/en/service-announcements.asp

Found this bus in Edmonton today, which got me looking into the company. Looks like they are starting with an Edmonton / Fort McMurray run.

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Post partially censored as per a recent discussion. That coach is likely from the TNG fleet, which is owned by MB's parent company. I'd heard the guy trying to start the new Ft. Mac - Edm service a few months ago was looking at leasing the TNG units from Maritime Bus. Guess Mike Cassidy & co. somehow got it for themselves now.

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A lot of their services offered outside the Maritimes are inter-lines with other carriers, mainly Greyhound and Orleans Express. They don't have a service facility outside of NS, NB, PEI or NL. Maritime Bus/Coach Atlantic expands their range by buying out desperate carriers at rock bottom prices.

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I wonder if this has anything to do at all with the Oil Sands Express, which was supposed to launch at the beginning of this month but I have heard nothing. The website also does not work.

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I'm willing to bet MB jumped on the idea after the Oilsands Express idea didn't get off the ground as planned. He was in contact with the operators of Transport Nouvelle Generation who built/operate those coaches, it was mentioned in a media article.

I don't think that vehicle style will work on that route. Just look at Red Arrow passengers on the same route, some are sleeping, some are socializing but on the TNG coaches you lose seats when someone wants to use a bunk. That bus is made for team travel when everyone parties at the same time then sleeps at the same time.

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Their sure is the demand for a Different type of service to Fort McMurray...however Not that Type.. A Red Arrow type just with a few more amenities and a Calgary-Red Deer-Edmonton-Fort McMurray routing...!! A coach with Wifi,leather seats,plug ins, a little bigger snack bar selection, free newspapers, fold down trays,window shades,on board entertainment system wih tv monitors at each seat..Checked Luggage! Kinda like a Airplane

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Their sure is the demand for a Different type of service to Fort McMurray...however Not that Type.. A Red Arrow type just with a few more amenities and a Calgary-Red Deer-Edmonton-Fort McMurray routing...!! A coach with Wifi,leather seats,plug ins, a little bigger snack bar selection, free newspapers, fold down trays,window shades,on board entertainment system wih tv monitors at each seat..Checked Luggage! Kinda like a Airplane

Yes most people that want this kind of service would end up on a airplane and just fly Air Canada or West Jet to Fort McMurray!

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Yes most people that want this kind of service would end up on a airplane and just fly Air Canada or West Jet to Fort McMurray!

Have u tried to fly to Fort McMurray lately...its almost impossible and when u can the prices are not as cheap as bus!

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I would much rather ride on a Prevost than that TNG truck.

Agreed!

But I kind of like the idea of a separate cab for the driver.....especially in light of that notorious incident with that knife wielding psycho, a few years ago.... ;)

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Found another TNG bus in Edmonton today, still Quebec plated. I wonder if Maritime Bus will be expanding elsewhere! Found it interesting that the text is in English on one side and French on the other.

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And here's the existing bus:
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