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Greyhound
#11
It's a bit of a tradeoff. Greyhound probably has schedules that don't appeal to the ideal of either KW-Guelph or KW-Toronto users. But if you opened it for anyone to do, you'd probably find that while the most popular routes would get good service, less popular routes would see reduced/eliminated service. I really don't think that Greyhound chooses its schedules just to try to rile people up; if there's money to be made, they'll find the buses to make it. If there's not money to be made on a route, they'll stick to whatever the government forces them to. We've already seen tech buses, every single day to Google in fact. And they indeed only serve Googlers and only on their schedule. Great for those employees, worthless for 99%+ of us.
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#12
Time for Superlinx? :-)
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#13
Maybe tomorrow's release of 2016 census on journey to work and mobility will shed some light on the situation.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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#14
It looks like Greyhound has cut service from Kitchener - Toronto recently - the 10:30 AM bus which I've been taking for day trips every few months for almost 20 years (and which was usually full) is no longer on the schedule. The 9:30 buses for some days next week are already sold out, and many of the other trips are 2h40 as they do the milk run through Guelph. May be time for me to switch over to the GO bus, or just stop going to Toronto until we get the 2-way all-day train service (any year now, right?)
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#15
(04-22-2018, 09:23 AM)goggolor Wrote: It looks like Greyhound has cut service from Kitchener - Toronto recently - the 10:30 AM bus which I've been taking for day trips every few months for almost 20 years (and which was usually full) is no longer on the schedule. The 9:30 buses for some days next week are already sold out, and many of the other trips are 2h40 as they do the milk run through Guelph. May be time for me to switch over to the GO bus, or just stop going to Toronto until we get the 2-way all-day train service (any year now, right?)

Weekdays the 30 bus is a pretty good option, connecting isn't bad.

I'm so disappointed in all these cuts from greyhound, it's like they have no idea how to run a company.
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#16
Word coming in that Greyhound will be completely pulling out of western Canada (everywhere west of Ontario). The Vancouver-Seattle run will remain but run by the US division.
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#17
(07-09-2018, 02:55 PM)KevinL Wrote: Word coming in that Greyhound will be completely pulling out of western Canada (everywhere west of Ontario). The Vancouver-Seattle run will remain but run by the US division.

That is disappointing.

Will there be no transportation options to cities as big as Calgary then?

I had a conversation with a co-worker today, and I really have to ask what Greyhound's future intentions even are.  We're seeing a growth in transit usage, but Greyhound seems steadfastly opposed to capitalizing on it.  I have only ever seen them reduce service.  And they won't even make small, free, changes that would improve their service, like allowing their route data to appear on Google Maps, or accepting digital tickets.

Those two problems alone are probably the primary reason I don't make much use of greyhound, despite it really being the best option for many trips that I take.

So that's why I ask, what is their business management team even thinking?
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#18
I wonder if there would be a case to start some sort of subsidized service to replace this? Greyhound was probably the only non-driving choice in a lot of places... when I took a bus from Calgary to Lethbridge last year I took a Red Arrow bus but it seemed almost like a luxury bus option, there was self-serve coffee/pop and on-board wifi. I think it was over 50$ for a 2.5 hour trip so it wasn't cheap.
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#19
I had the same thought. VIAbus?
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#20
(07-09-2018, 03:01 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(07-09-2018, 02:55 PM)KevinL Wrote: Word coming in that Greyhound will be completely pulling out of western Canada (everywhere west of Ontario). The Vancouver-Seattle run will remain but run by the US division.

That is disappointing.

Will there be no transportation options to cities as big as Calgary then?

I had a conversation with a co-worker today, and I really have to ask what Greyhound's future intentions even are.  We're seeing a growth in transit usage, but Greyhound seems steadfastly opposed to capitalizing on it.  I have only ever seen them reduce service.  And they won't even make small, free, changes that would improve their service, like allowing their route data to appear on Google Maps, or accepting digital tickets.

Those two problems alone are probably the primary reason I don't make much use of greyhound, despite it really being the best option for many trips that I take.

So that's why I ask, what is their business management team even thinking?

Don't know, but my understanding is that ridership is down, not up, expenses are up, and apparently, they were losing money servicing these areas.

Not sure how accurate all of that is, but it does not make sense to pull out of a market if you're earning money. Could be a ploy for funding from the Feds, but this Liberal government won't give two hoots, let along money, to fix the issue.
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