Meridian Transportation Resources (MTR Western)

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MTR Western

MTR Western is based in Seattle, Washington, and offers charter, contract, and tour services in the western U.S and Canada. The motorcoach fleet is composed of late model Prevost H3-45 and X3-45 coaches, Setra S417 models and most recently, Van Hool TD925 (double decker) and T2145 models. Western Canadian operations are based out of Vancouver, BC, and Calgary, Alberta.

After financial troubles hit MTR Western's head Frederick Darren Berg's Meridian Group, there were concerns over the bus company's assets. Berg would be later accused of fraud and it would be decided that the the bus company would benefit if it were sold. A bankruptcy auction for MTR Western took place on January 12 2010 and it was sold to Seattle-based GTO LLC for $5 million.

On January 14, 2011, MTR Western issued a press release announcing the transfer of MTR and OC&W Coachways to GTO LLC. [1]

On December 17th, 2014, MTR ceased all operations in Vancouver B.C. and all fleet was moved to Seattle and employees layed off.

Facilities

BC Garage/Office

  • Address: 7984 Webster Rd., Delta, BC V4G 1G6
  • Email: nickj@mtrwestern.ca
  • Phone: 604-940-6004

Calgary Garage/Office

  • Address: 4415 61st Ave. SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1Z6
  • Email: nickj@mtrwestern.ca
  • Phone: 403-279-1865

Portland Office

  • Address: 1521 N. Jantzen Ave., Portland, OR 97217
  • Email: brad@mtrwestern.com
  • Phone: 206-838-7131

San Francisco Garage/Office

  • Address: 923 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107-1006
  • Email: chrism@mtrwestern.com
  • Phone: 1-800-975-0464

Seattle Office

  • Address: 16 W. Harrison St., Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98119
  • Email: brad@mtrwestern.com
  • Phone: 206-838-7131

Fleet roster

Roster is incomplete.

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
4251 2005 Prevost H3-45
4812 1999 Prevost H3-41
4814 2001 Prevost H3-41
4869,4872 2006 Prevost H3-41
5015 1998 Prevost H3-41
5016 Prevost H3-41
5017 2005 Prevost H3-41
5091 (1st) 1996 Prevost H3-45
5254-5262 100px 2005 Prevost H3-45
4892, 5282-5293 MTR Western 5293.jpg 2007 Prevost H3-45
  • 4892 wrapped for Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Team
  • 5286 wrapped for APTouring
  • 5293 wrapped for Jet Set Sports for Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
5418-5419 2000 Prevost H3-45 nee Perimeter Transportation 750-751
5520 2002 Prevost XL-II
5536-5537 2002 Prevost XL-II Ex-?
5538-5539 2002 Prevost XL-II Ex-Peoples Choice Transportation
5552-5553 2004, 2005 Prevost XL-II
5580-5581 2007 Prevost X3-45
5601-5611 2003-2006 Setra S417 Tower Tours of San Francisco
5613 2003 Setra S417
5621 2000 Prevost H3-45
5622 2001 Prevost H3-45 "Mount Bolton Brown"
5623 2000 Prevost H3-45
5624 (1st) 1997 Prevost H3-45
5624 (2nd) 1999 Prevost H3-45
5625 2003 Setra S417 nee Arrow Stage Lines
5626-5628 1997 Prevost H3-45
5627-5628 (2nd) 2004 Setra S417
5631-5632 100px 1998 Prevost H3-45
5633 (1st) 1997 Prevost H3-45
5633 (2nd) 2003 Setra S417
5234, 5635 1999 Prevost H3-45
  • Ex-?
5640-5641 2003 Prevost H3-45
  • 5640 - "Mount Redoubt"
  • 5641 - "Mount Edith Cavell"
5642 1999 Prevost H3-45
5643-5650 MTR Western 5645.jpg 2005 Prevost H3-45
  • 5643 - "Mount Baker"
  • 5644 - "Mount Olympus"
  • 5645 - "Mount Shuksan"
  • 5648 - Seattle Seahawks team bus
  • 5649 - "Mount Assiniboine"
  • 5650 - "Mount Robson"
5663-5664 1999, 2000 Prevost H3-45 nee Your Way Coachlines 887, 882
5665-5668 MTR Western 5667.jpg 2006 Prevost H3-45
5670-5671 2006 Prevost H3-45
5673-5674 MTR Western 5673.jpg 2006 Prevost H3-45
5694-5699 MTR Western 5696-a.jpg 2008 Prevost H3-45
5777-5779 2007 Prevost X3-45
5825 1998 Prevost H3-45 to OC&W Coachways 508
5829-5830 1999 Prevost H3-45
  • Ex-?
22132 2006 Prevost H3-45 VIP
52100-52101 MTR Western 52101.jpg 2008 Prevost H3-45 Wrapped for APTouring
56112-56113 2008 Setra S417
56135 Prevost H3-45 Tauck Tours wrap
57102-57105, 57107 2008 Van Hool T2145
  • 57102 - "Spirit of Napa Valley"
  • 57103 - "Spirit of San Diego"
  • 57104 - "Spirit of Moab"
  • 57105 - "Spirit of Havasupai"
  • 57107 - "Spirit of San Francisco"
  • All ex - Sightline Tours
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57114-57116 MTR Western 57115.jpg 2009 Van Hool T2145E
  • 57114 - "Spirit of Grand Canyon"
  • 57115 - "Spirit of Yellowstone"
57117 MTR Western 57117.jpg 2010 Van Hool T2145E "Spirit of the Grand Tetons"
57120 2010 Van Hool T2145E

Sightline Tours

Sightline Tours, who claim to be Vancouver's Premier Sightseeing Company, provides tours of Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler, BC. They use buses and drivers supplied by MTR Western. Characterized by vibrant colors, the coaches are given names, such as "Spirit of Vancouver", in addition to running clean burning engines.

Roster is incomplete.

Fleet roster

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
57102-57107 Sightline 57103.jpg 2008 Van Hool T2145 Cummins ISM
  • 57102 - "Spirit of Capilano"
  • 57103 - "Spirit of Grouse Mountain"
  • 57104 - "Spirit of Georgia Strait"
  • 57105 - "Spirit of Vancouver"
  • 57106 - "Spirit of Rocky Mountaineer"
  • 57107 - "Spirit of Whistler Mountain"
79108 2008 Van Hool TD925
  • Dark Blue
  • "Spirit of BC Ferries"
79109 Sightline 79109.jpg 2008 Van Hool TD925 demoing for ABC Companies, wrapped, was on display at APTA Trans-Expo 2008
81130 2009 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM Allison B500R
  • Green
81131 Van Hool TD925 Cummins ISM Allison B500R
  • Orange
  • "Spirit of Georgia Strait"

OC&W Coachways

In 2006 MTR acquired Oregon Coachways. The company was renamed OC&W Coachways and offers economical charter service in Oregon, California and Washington.

In November 2010 OC&W Coachways entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [2]

Roster is incomplete.

Fleet roster

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
224 1989 Prevost LeMirage XL Ex-?
226 1993 Prevost LeMirage XL Ex-?
296 1994 MCI 102-D3 Ex-?
312 OC&W Coachways 312.jpg Prevost LeMirage XL-45
408 Prevost X3-45
410 OC&W Coachways 410.jpg 2008-09? Prevost X3-45
412 OC&W Coachways 412.jpg 2008-09? Prevost X3-45 Currently has Trafalgar Tours livery
414 2002 Prevost LeMirage XL-45 Sold to Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia 1009
514 OC&W Coachways 514.jpg Prevost H3-45
516 1997 Prevost H3-45
  • Ex-MTR Western 5633.
518 Prevost H3-45 Wheelchair lift equipped

References

  1. MTR Western & OC&W Coachways Acquired mtrwestern.com, retreived on 2011-05-01
  2. Oregon Coachways goes into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, mailtribune.com, retrieved 2011-04-17

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