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On 2015-04-11 at 10:31 PM, TheAverageJoe said:

Greyhound you can also do a transfer in Binghamton NY to Philly from Toronto but that run is once once a day.

Megabus could only do a Toronto Detroit route if they did it via Sarnia and they would have to apply to get that right. You can still get to Cleveland via Megabus but you have to plan it well with two trips booked (Toronto to Buffalo and Buffalo to Cleveland). If Megabus was to do a Boston route it would be from either Buffalo or Montreal but that would be basically same routing as Greyhound. Guess they would have to play around with the stops, Harrisburg was drop as that was the old Philly to Toronto route that went the long way to Philly. When the Philly and DC routes were merged Harrisburg was dropped. But from Philly any ways you have better connections to Harrisburg on Megabus if you plan it right. I know Megabus wanted a NYC to Montreal route but Quebec would not let that happen. Way around that I can see is run NYC to Kingston Ontario via Albany and Syracuse from NYC but this would only work with timed connections in Kingston with the Toronto and Montreal buses and same ticket sales would have to be done to make it work.

I gotta ask everyone once advice here, I am looking into options here in Alberta on trying to draw investors into helping me start up a 4th express service run between Calgary and Edmonton to compete with Red Arrow, Ebus and Greyhound. I am reading this feed and if I am interrupting all thats being said is that the routes operated by mega bus are only great as express runs. However, outside of that they cram you into small pinch seating, connecting to other destination routes are awkward at best and are more expensive, is this correct? And what is the costumer service like from the sales team to the drivers to their management team? Also, I have never ridden in any of the Van Hool double decker busses and while I am personally a Prevost fan, I am trying to determine if in my efforts of creating another budget service for travellers, that the double decker units are worth the money pre seat that mega bus charges?

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I don't mean to be negative but the market between Calgary and Edmonton is saturated and it would be difficult to compete. Red Arrow is the premium service, and Greyhound/Ebus are the lower cost options. They already have express service so a new service won't be able to get between the cities much faster, and if the draw is Megabus style fares, it may not be profitable while competing with these established names.

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13 Injured in Crash Involving 2 Buses, Semitrailer

More than a dozen people were injured in a crash near Hillsboro involving two buses and an 18-wheeler Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said the three-vehicle crash happened on northbound Interstate 35E three miles south of Millford at about 10:30 p.m. Traffic was slowed for construction and a Megabus struck a semitrailer, which then struck an Americanos bus.The Megabus had 37 people on board, nine of whom were transported to hospitals with minor injuries. Of the 48 people on the Americanos bus, two passengers and the driver were transported to hospitals with minor injuries.The semitrailer driver was transported with minor injuries to an area hospital.The remaining passengers from the buses were taken to a travel center in Carl’s Corner aboard a Hillsboro Independent School District bus."Safety is our top priority and Megabus.com is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident," Megabus Director of Corporate Affairs Sean Hughes said.Both buses were traveling to the Dallas area.I-35E was shut down until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/13-Injured-in-Crash-Involving-2-Buses-Semitrailer-407724195.html

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On 10/9/2016 at 5:55 PM, Brian Jensen said:

I gotta ask everyone once advice here, I am looking into options here in Alberta on trying to draw investors into helping me start up a 4th express service run between Calgary and Edmonton to compete with Red Arrow, Ebus and Greyhound. I am reading this feed and if I am interrupting all thats being said is that the routes operated by mega bus are only great as express runs. However, outside of that they cram you into small pinch seating, connecting to other destination routes are awkward at best and are more expensive, is this correct? And what is the costumer service like from the sales team to the drivers to their management team? Also, I have never ridden in any of the Van Hool double decker busses and while I am personally a Prevost fan, I am trying to determine if in my efforts of creating another budget service for travellers, that the double decker units are worth the money pre seat that mega bus charges?

Brian, it's nice that you want to start you own Line Run service whether in Alberta, Ontario or anywhere else. Just like A. Wong stated, I don't want to be negative and kill your dreams. Starting up a Line Run run service is not as easy as pie or cake. First of all you have to obtain a Public Vehicles License with the intent of operating a Line Run service which is not easy to obtain. The Government wants to see demand as in you need to be petitioned by the public. You have keep in mind that other major Carriers such as Greyhound, PW, Coach Canada and etc will oppose you and they will tell the Government that you will put them out of business and the market has no room for you. Not to mention you're a start up. There goes your time, money and effort into starting up your Line Run service. Also I should add, you will NOT find any investors who will put their money into that kind of a business. It also seems to me (correct me if I am wrong) you do not have any experience as a Motor Coach Operator or employed by a Operator who engages in Line Run Service. I personally have been employed by a few and worked in different aspects of the industry to understand that you do not just start up on your own in Line Runs. You may have success as a Charter Operator or operating Sightseeing Tours and Runs to Casinos but Line Runs, stay out of it until you have gotten some experience. Not only knowledge will get you through the industry. With Megabus, they have a very strong financial backing with Coach Canada, Coach USA and their parent company Stagecoach in Europe. These companies started small, Line Runs is a huge business and you need to have strong financial backing. Megabus did not just choose to go with Van Hool's DDs just to stand out, Stagecoach has shares in Van Hool and therefore that's why they buy Van Hool products and now Stagecoach is pressuring Coach USA and Coach Canada to at least buy the SD Coaches. Coach USA already has lot in service and Coach Canada is looking into demo options to try it out in Ontario, Great Canadian Coaches in Kitchener, ON  already has 2 T2145s in service. You have the idea, but you need to be mentored and postured before you walk out your idea. Cheers!

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