Greyhound Canada

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Greyhound Canada
Greyhound UK logo.png
Greyhound Canada bus 1284 to Vancouver.jpg
Parent FirstGroup
Founded 1929
Headquarters 1111 International Blvd,
Burlington, Ontario
Service area Canada
Service type Intercity coach service
Alliance Greyhound Lines, USA
Adirondack Trailways
Destinations 1,200+
Stations 1,100+
Fleet 480
Website www.greyhound.ca

Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC is the prominent operator of inter-city coach services in Canada. Greyhound Canada is a subsidiary of British transport company FirstGroup, linked with Dallas-based Greyhound Lines (also known as Greyhound USA).

History[edit]

Pre-2009 logo for Greyhound Canada.

In 1929, Greyhound Canada was founded as Canadian Greyhound Coaches, Limited, operating first in BC and then Alberta.[1] It merged with Greyhound USA in 1935 and split after Greyhound Canada was sold in 1987. It was not until U.S.-based Laidlaw's purchase of the Canadian operations in 1987 and U.S. operations in 1999 did the two operations link up again. Toronto area routes and some buses were acquired from Gray Coach in 1991. In 1998, Greyhound purchased Quebec-based Voyageur Colonial Bus Lines, and, shortly afterward, bought Central Ontario's Penetang-Midland Coach Lines, thus gaining a foothold in the South-Central Ontario region. In 2007 Laidlaw was purchased by FirstGroup of the U.K.

Western Canada route cancellations[edit]

In February 2018, Greyhound Canada received permission to terminate its two remaining routes on Vancouver Island running from Victoria, British Columbia to Nanaimo and Vancouver. Tofino Bus Services subsequently took over these two Greyhound routes.[2][3]

Greyhound Canada terminated service along Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia with the last run being on May 30, 2018. Greyhound said it was losing $35,000 per day on routes in Northern British Columbia and in parts of Vancouver Island, and had lost $70 million in the six years prior to 2018[4]

Greyhound Canada also terminated service from Prince George, British Columbia to Whitehorse in the Yukon with the last trip from Whitehorse occurring on May 30, 2018.[5] From 2014 to 2017, ridership along that part of the route between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson had dropped from 18,307 to 9,647 passengers.[6]

Greyhound Canada announced on July 9, 2018 that it was cancelling all services in Northern Ontario (i.e. west of Sudbury), and in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and will no longer operate in British Columbia with the exception of one route between Vancouver and Seattle operated by Greyhound USA. The cancellations were due to declining ridership, which dropped 41% nationwide since 2010 and 8% in Western Canada alone in 2017. The cancellations will take effect on October 31, 2018.[7] Greyhound said that the decline in ridership was due to increased car ownership, subsidies to competing passenger carriers, competition from low-cost airlines and regulatory restrictions.[8]

Routes[edit]

Regular service[edit]

Greyhound Canada's scheduled bus service operates in eight of Canada's provinces and territories (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon), but will cease all operations outside Ontario and Quebec in October 2018.

Connections to US destinations are available, primarily through Greyhound USA, although there is direct service to New York City, Detroit and other cities in states bordering Canada via Greyhound Canada.

For travel into areas not served by Greyhound, passengers may need to transfer onto other bus lines which have inter-line agreements with Greyhound:

QuickLink[edit]

Greyhound Canada#1257 in QuickLink branding

In Southern Ontario, Greyhound operates a commuter service known as 'QuickLink Commuter Service'.[9] A list of cities served by this service:

NeOn[edit]

Greyhound Canada#1327 marked for NeOn service in New York City.

NeOn, a discount service based on the same model used for BoltBus in the United States, and competing with Megabus, is a service operated by Greyhound Canada in cooperation with Trailways of New York and Greyhound Lines between the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan and the Toronto Coach Terminal.[10]

Stations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Greyhound operates 480 buses, but it has an extended fleet through connecting operators:

Greyhound Canada's fleet:

Product list and details
 Make/Model   Description   Fleet size   Year acquired   Year retired   Notes 
Motor Coach Industries D4505 suburban coach 42 2006 Active Handicapped/disabled access
Motor Coach Industries G4500 suburban coach 65 2002 2014 Handicapped/disabled access
Motor Coach Industries D4500 suburban coach N/A 2001-2002 Active Handicapped/disabled access
Motor Coach Industries 102EL3 suburban coach N/A 2000 2015
Motor Coach Industries 102C3 suburban coach 76 1991 2011
Motor Coach Industries 102D3 suburban coach 20 1994-1996 2015 Handicapped/disabled access
Motor Coach Industries 102DL3 suburban coach 189 1994-2000 Active
Prevost Car H3-45 suburban coach 2 1995 N/A Most retired and sold in 2016
Prevost Car X3-45 suburban coach 17/35 2008/2014 Active Handicapped/disabled access2008 Prevost transferred from Greyhound Lines in Oct.2014. 2014 Prevost transferred from First Canada in Mar.2018.

Greyhound Canada also offers courier services via Greyhound Courier Express.

Handicapped/disabled access denotes wheelchair accessible vehicles

Historic[edit]

Most buses are registered in Alberta and bear the province's license plates. In Ontario, Voyageur buses and some Greyhound buses have Ontario plates.

Older buses sport the old colours of the American parent, but the current scheme is a white base with large greyhound image on the front and sides with a large light grey wording Greyhound on the sides (now the old scheme for the rest of the Greyhound operations).

Transmissions[edit]

From the 1985 model year 96A3 to the 1995 model year D4000 and D4500 (102D(L)3), as well as the first Prevost H3-45 coaches, Greyhound Canada specified manual transmissions in all their intercity coaches. At first, five speed Eaton Fuller transmissions were equipped in all 96A3 and 102A3 coaches. Beginning with the 1989 model year 102C3SS coaches, Greyhound Canada specified seven speed manual transmissions.

Allison B500 and B500Rs have been used on coaches equipped with Automatic transmissions until the D4505s which use the ZF-AStronic (automatic standard) transmission.

Unions[edit]

Notable incidents and accidents[edit]

  • December 23, 2000: An attempted hijacking of a Greyhound Canada bus near Thunder Bay, Ontario left one woman dead and 31 others injured.[11]
  • July 30, 2008: Tim McLean, a passenger on an Edmonton to Winnipeg schedule, was beheaded by another passenger near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The attacker was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder, but later found to be not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Greyhound Canada withdrew ads with the slogan There's a reason you've never heard of "bus rage" following the event, citing that the campaign was "no longer appropriate".[17]
  • September 21, 2008: A young man was attacked by another passenger on a Greyhound Canada schedule in northwestern Ontario. Police arrested a 28-year-old man near the town of White River, about 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of Sault Ste. Marie, shortly after the bus driver let him get off at the side of the highway.[18]
  • December 16, 2010: A Toronto Transit Commission 505 Dundas streetcar was heading eastbound at River Street when it crashed into a Greyhound Canada bus after running a red traffic signal. 17 passengers, including 4 schoolchildren, received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foran, Max (1982). Calgary, Canada's frontier metropolis : an illustrated history. Windsor Publications. p. 322. ISBN 0-89781-055-4. 
  2. ^ "Tofino Bus Services to take over Greyhound routes on Vancouver Island". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. February 25, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  3. ^ CBC News (February 25, 2018). "Tofino Bus Services to take over Greyhound routes on Vancouver Island". CHEK News. Retrieved July 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Greyhound makes final passenger trip on B.C.'s Highway of Tears". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 23, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  5. ^ Dougherty, Michael (July 11, 2018). "Without the Greyhound bus, it'll be much more difficult to discover Canada". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Transportation board approves Greyhound route cuts in Northeast B.C." Alaska Highway News. February 21, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Greyhound cancels most of its routes in Western Canada". Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Greyhound Canada to end service in Prairies, B.C., eliminating 415 jobs — and leaving small towns in the lurch". Financial Post. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Greyhound.ca -". Greyhound.ca. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "NeOn Bus website". Neonbus.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b [1] Archived December 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ [2] Archived August 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Beheading suspect in court - CTV News". CTVNews. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  14. ^ [3][dead link]
  15. ^ [4][dead link]
  16. ^ [5] Archived August 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Bus suspect utters death wish - CTV News". CTVNews. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  18. ^ [6] Archived September 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Doucette, Chris (17 December 2010). "Bus driver charged in crash with streetcar". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

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