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22 hours ago, Articulated said:

Megabus can't have their cake and eat it too. They took advantage of deregulation in Ontario to muscle into corridors they didn't bid on (Toronto-Ottawa, and now Toronto-London), so they really don't have a place or ability to call out competing carriers who are doing the same thing.

If Coach Canada really wants to prevent Rider Express from gaining a foothold, maybe they could consider increasing service and making it more attractive...

EDIT: Counting the riders could just mean that Coach Canada management is interested in the ridership potential for earlier trips, since Rider Express operates trips at different times from Megabus. The jump in your conclusion from observing a competing carrier to sending out "cease-and-desist" letters is not backed up by any evidence that I can see.

There are a large number of reasons that Rider Express could have changed their stop location that don't involve threats of legal action from a competing carrier. There could be issues with the previous stop location, such as the ability for 45 foot coaches to loop through and stop on the property, the property owner could not like the volume of service operating through, or it could be financial-related (either Rider Express was turfed for not paying, or they decided the cost to use the property was not justified by the ridership they were getting).

Probable causes that I was mentioning was purely speculative hence the phrase 'I am guessing.' What I mentioned could be right or wrong but the fact is Rider Express has moved.

Yes, I agree that 'Megabus can't have their cake and eat it too." They fully knew well about the deregulation that started on July 1 and Rider Express had made announcements to servicing Ontario.

I know there is decent ridership as Coach Canada drivers have observed quite a number of passengers using Rider Express. The only thing that no body knows is the actual riders to Ottawa from Toronto and to Toronto from Ottawa.

What I do know is Rider Express charges $40 between Toronto and Kingston and $50 between Toronto and Ottawa compared to Megabus who charges $55 between Toronto and Kingston. and $55 to $60 between Toronto and Ottawa. Assuming everyone shops on price alone, its seems Rider Express is doing good to me.

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I don't know what the passengers loads are for both Rider & Mega is but I suspect in the next few weeks it'll jump up. With Colleges  & Universities reopening in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto & London I suspect more students will be booking. I just wonder if Rider & Mega will either add more buses per booking or add more departure times?

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Rider Express finally got approval to Operate between Kelowna-Vernon-Calgary. But they have a few restrictions. From Kelowna to Salmon Arm they can only pickup passengers No drop offs. And from Salmon Arm to Kelowna they can only drop off passengers no pickups. It should be interesting to see how they work the service. 

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