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If the runs are sold Im sure they could be profitable if managed right. Also have convenient schedules, their are alot of ways the schedules the way they are now could be streamlined,

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If the runs are sold Im sure they could be profitable if managed right. Also have convenient schedules, their are alot of ways the schedules the way they are now could be streamlined,

If the runs are sold Im sure they could be profitable if managed right. Also have convenient schedules, their are alot of ways the schedules the way they are now could be streamlined,

True cut unprofitable runs and expand express/parcel service maybe even interline it with Greyhound's services

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They do interline with Greyhound, as well as Caribou Coach. Ontario Northland and Greyhound work together in both Sudbury and until recently North Bay as well as they interline tickets and express.

hmmm...I wonder if Greyhound would buy out the runs....At least they would get some better coaches...lol

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But if Greyhound gets full control, who keeps Greyhound from exerting a stranglehold over northern Ontario and demanding subsidies as they have in other provinces?

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But if Greyhound gets full control, who keeps Greyhound from exerting a stranglehold over northern Ontario and demanding subsidies as they have in other provinces?

Well If Ontario Northland bus division made money or has the potential then m sure they may look at it. If it didnt then I doubt they would touch any segment of it. And if it made money then they sure wouldnt need anything from anyone.

True cut unprofitable runs and expand express/parcel service maybe even interline it with Greyhound's services

Yep maybe run 5 days a week from Timmins to Hearst and two trips daily Timmins to Toronto or Sudbury.And maybe 3 a day North bay to Toronto. However not the service they have now...Maybe add North Bay to Toronto Express Trips.

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Spotted a new bus at Timmins Station Tonight. ONtario NOrthland 5014 On the back of the bus it says get on the GO!

So GO is taking over Ontario Northland's bus service after all...

I kid :P. Someone already reported an ONT ex-GO 2100 in this thread: http://www.cptdb.ca/index.php?showtopic=4235&view=findpost&p=544371

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Spotted a new bus at Timmins Station Tonight. ONtario NOrthland 5014 On the back of the bus it says get on the GO!

Something tells me they haven't either fully remove the decal or leaving the marks.

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Spotted a new bus at Timmins Station Tonight. ONtario NOrthland 5014 On the back of the bus it says get on the GO!

I was following another potential ex-GO D4500, 5013, yesterday on the Highway. Though it looks like they may have added a few extra lights on the back side.

If it is ex-GO, they've also removed the side Luminator and bike rack.

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I was following another potential ex-GO D4500, 5013, yesterday on the Highway. Though it looks like they may have added a few extra lights on the back side.

If it is ex-GO, they've also removed the side Luminator and bike rack.

Nope... the light arrangement on the back side matches a rear shot I have of 2107, which is part of the same order. Probably the main giveaway would be the large destination sign on the front, which is not a common feature on most buses.

Another note confirming they're ex-GO... the Ontario Northland numbering system indicates they're 2001 buses (second and third digits, 01, indicate year).

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Nope... the light arrangement on the back side matches a rear shot I have of 2107, which is part of the same order. Probably the main giveaway would be the large destination sign on the front, which is not a common feature on most buses.

Another note confirming they're ex-GO... the Ontario Northland numbering system indicates they're 2001 buses (second and third digits, 01, indicate year).

Thanks for confirming...it does have the large front LED sign like the GO coaches and was displaying "TORONTO" --> "HAVE A GOOD DAY" at the time I saw it.

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But they dont have washrooms, so that's a long ride from where ever to Toronto without washrooms.

Washroom was added.... If you know what you are looking for, you can tell in that picture.... care to guess?

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Spotted 5013 (ex-GO 2100) at the Toronto Coach Terminal. The driver was kind in advising that they got 5 of them and, like their other buses, are leased. A quick peak inside showed the GO interior with a nicely integrated lavatory.

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Spotted 5013 (ex-GO 2100) at the Toronto Coach Terminal. The driver was kind in advising that they got 5 of them and, like their other buses, are leased. A quick peak inside showed the GO interior with a nicely integrated lavatory.

Yeah it's possible to retrofit with a lav. The seating capacity would drop from 57 to either 55 or 54 w/o a buddy seat.

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Yeah it's possible to retrofit with a lav. The seating capacity would drop from 57 to either 55 or 54 w/o a buddy seat.

Of course it is, that's what they did. :rolleyes:

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Accessible compartment on right rear side of coach to allow access to pumpout might be an indication.

Bingo.

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Accessible compartment on right rear side of coach to allow access to pumpout might be an indication.

Bingo.

alo, the first indicator to me, was the last window has been modified to put in the "stink vent" ^_^

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Ontario Northland got themselves a great deal and with the cost installing the lavatory isn't as much. I don't know if ONT did rebuild their own buses, if not then it might have been Eastway did theirs, both are not too far apart between the cities.

The road continues for the formers.

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This is very good for Passengers along the Hwy 11 corridor. And looks like Caribou wants to assure passengers no matter what happens with Ontario Northland they will be their! Caribou is a very successfull company,taking former runs operated by Greyhound and making them profitable when Greyhound said they were not!

MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 9, 2012

CARIBOU TRACKING EASTWARD

Thunder Bay, ON - Residents of communities in Northern Ontario have been very outspoken in recent days at the joint decision by the Ontario Government and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission to dissolve the services of the financially strapped carrier, and what this will mean for the communities who have relied on its services for nearly a century.

"The potential loss of a service such as this has far reaching implications for the communities in Ontario’s North," commented Sandy Smith, President & General Manager of Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc.

"The residents of the communities serviced by Ontario Northland are well within their right to be upset at this decision", continued Smith. "Any disruption in service will have rippling effects for bus patrons across the province…from the travelling public, to those who depend on the reliability of freight services."

Caribou Coach, currently offers scheduled bus services in Northwestern Ontario, (including through to Hearst, Ontario where it currently meets Ontario Northland) has a proven record of offering safe and reliable services, that when coupled with existing infrastructure can mean a smooth and seamless extension of services for the North along Highway 11.

"Regionally based carriers have the best understanding of the geography and demographic of the areas that we are dealing with here...unlike the big Toronto based carriers who promise great things, but in the end are simply looking for a quick buck rather than a sound solution," added Smith. "If the government continues to turn its back on the outcry of the people in these communities, then we want to be able to step up and offer the best regional solution we can in order to keep the wheels turning, the public moving, and employment in the North by local northern companies."

Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc. has set up an online petition page in an effort to show that there is public support in Northern Ontario and throughout the province for maintaining services to the communities who need it the most. The petition can be found by visiting the company's website at: www.cariboucoach.ca.

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For more information, contact

Sandy Smith, General Manager

Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc.

Tel: (807) 285-3456

Email: cariboucoach@shaw.ca

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This is very good for Passengers along the Hwy 11 corridor. And looks like Caribou wants to assure passengers no matter what happens with Ontario Northland they will be their! Caribou is a very successfull company,taking former runs operated by Greyhound and making them profitable when Greyhound said they were not!

MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 9, 2012

CARIBOU TRACKING EASTWARD

Thunder Bay, ON - Residents of communities in Northern Ontario have been very outspoken in recent days at the joint decision by the Ontario Government and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission to dissolve the services of the financially strapped carrier, and what this will mean for the communities who have relied on its services for nearly a century.

"The potential loss of a service such as this has far reaching implications for the communities in Ontario’s North," commented Sandy Smith, President & General Manager of Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc.

"The residents of the communities serviced by Ontario Northland are well within their right to be upset at this decision", continued Smith. "Any disruption in service will have rippling effects for bus patrons across the province…from the travelling public, to those who depend on the reliability of freight services."

Caribou Coach, currently offers scheduled bus services in Northwestern Ontario, (including through to Hearst, Ontario where it currently meets Ontario Northland) has a proven record of offering safe and reliable services, that when coupled with existing infrastructure can mean a smooth and seamless extension of services for the North along Highway 11.

"Regionally based carriers have the best understanding of the geography and demographic of the areas that we are dealing with here...unlike the big Toronto based carriers who promise great things, but in the end are simply looking for a quick buck rather than a sound solution," added Smith. "If the government continues to turn its back on the outcry of the people in these communities, then we want to be able to step up and offer the best regional solution we can in order to keep the wheels turning, the public moving, and employment in the North by local northern companies."

Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc. has set up an online petition page in an effort to show that there is public support in Northern Ontario and throughout the province for maintaining services to the communities who need it the most. The petition can be found by visiting the company's website at: www.cariboucoach.ca.

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For more information, contact

Sandy Smith, General Manager

Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc.

Tel: (807) 285-3456

Email: cariboucoach@shaw.ca

If I were the CEO/President of Caribou Coach, I would just march into Queens Park and say "hey, I'll take those Ontario Northland Routes from you!" and there everyone is happy!

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