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Greyhound
#1
Looks like we don't have a Greyhound thread yet, but it would be useful to talk about news like Greyhound service to Pearson or service changes. And hopefully one day the end of Greyhound's monopoly on highway service to Toronto.

I bought a return ticket to Toronto yesterday and noticed that the hidden "Service Fee" that used to get tacked on at the very end of the purchase process appears to be gone now! The Service Fee was introduced a few years ago at $5 ($2.50 each way), and rose to $7 last year. Given that the advance purchase price of a ticket to Toronto is as little as $23 (+tax) and even lower with companion fare, the service fee was a significant percent of the total ticket cost and hidden from consumers until the last second.

Maybe Greyhound is feeling the heat from other competition in the region?
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#2
Hmm.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Now Greyhound will be cancelling trips between Guelph and Kitchener, announcement tomorrow at The Delta <br> Hotel at 7 PM#badgreyhound <a href="https://t.co/AaSZo5fTv3">https://t.co/AaSZo5fTv3</a></p>&mdash; Barbara Ann Sim (@SimBarbaraa) <a href="https://twitter.com/SimBarbaraa/status/935210297681264640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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#3
I guess GRT or GO can take the route over now.

Not sure why Greyhound is allowed to object to GO and VIA operating with subsidies when they're cancelling routes left and right. Time to stop letting them hold the province ransom.
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#4
Hopefully that means better trips between Toronto and Kitchener - lately the evening busses I've been taking back from Toronto tend to go through Guelph, where they make stops at downtown and UofG. That plus the stop at the airport meant my bus home on Tuesday took over 2.5 hours in normal traffic.

I wish someone would just run a Kitchener - Toronto direct bus, even if it cost more - Greyhound runs to Toronto alway stops at SportsWorld to pick up at most a couple of passengers, delaying dozens of people who get on at Charles St. Maybe if Greyhound loses the monopoly one of the tech organizations can set up a more modern service that runs downtown-downtown.
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#5
(11-27-2017, 08:56 PM)goggolor Wrote: Maybe if Greyhound loses the monopoly one of the tech organizations can set up a more modern service that runs downtown-downtown.

Or, like, GO Transit could just offer that service.
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#6
Do we know for sure that Greyhound is announcing it will cancel all Kitchener-Guelph trips tomorrow, or is this just a rumour?
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#7
It's not ALL trips, just some.

Greyhound to cut 15 per cent of trips between Kitchener and Guelph
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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#8
(11-27-2017, 09:33 PM)mpd618 Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 08:56 PM)goggolor Wrote: Maybe if Greyhound loses the monopoly one of the tech organizations can set up a more modern service that runs downtown-downtown.

Or, like, GO Transit could just offer that service.

Why do we think it takes a "tech organization" to run bus service.

Frankly, it's something *only* the government can do.  I cannot for the life of me understand why we are so averse to proper highway side bus stop.  Winding through city streets for 5-10 minutes for every stop is ridiculous.  It adds at least 30 minutes to the KW->Square One 25 regular bus.
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#9
I think that the Guelph-Kitchener route in particular would be better operated by some combination of Grand River and Guelph Transit. It would be good to put some intermediary stops at key points along Victoria and Woodlawn. I think the number of commuters between the two cities justifies this.

It's surprising to me that this doesn't exist, really. Plenty of nearby cities as integrated as ours have services that cross municipal boundaries- the Burlington Transit 1 Plains, which allows Burlingtonians to commute by bus to downtown Hamilton (and gives Hamiltonians another option to access Go) is one example nearby.
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#10
I didn't say it would take a tech organization to run a service... but that it would be a good option in addition to the public agencies that run similar services. But as long as Greyhound holds the monopoly on transit between the two cities there are no good options at all.
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