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OT: The News Thread

manny

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If the pandemic ever ends, someone else will buy greyhound's buses out of receivership or whatever and provide long-distance services. As long as there is some demand.
 

Bleedsblue&white

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If the pandemic ever ends, someone else will buy greyhound's buses out of receivership or whatever and provide long-distance services. As long as there is some demand.

This is one of the truly awful things about this situation...so many people losing businesses they fought to establish, and now someone else can come in, buy their setup, and start again.

I wish there had been some way to protect everybody, it a cruel thing to know that someone can swoop in, buy the restaurant you worked for years to grow, and hey! pandemic's over, money's flowing, ain't it great!
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
Not discussed is that a massive reason that greyhound failed in canada is that they offered no frills service at the same price or higher than regional competitors. Alberta has a bus line called red arrow that is cleaner, more comfortable, with much better service/experience.

To this day my most miserable experiences on a bus were on a greyhound and I've been on numerous regional bus carriers in Mexico ffs.
 

manny

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Megabus is taking over intercity transit in Ottawa. Will be cheaper, better located and likely at least as good.

BBW is right though that a lot of small businesses will be bought at a discount and then bounce back in the next year.
 

LeafGm

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Not discussed is that a massive reason that greyhound failed in canada is that they offered no frills service at the same price or higher than regional competitors. Alberta has a bus line called red arrow that is cleaner, more comfortable, with much better service/experience.

To this day my most miserable experiences on a bus were on a greyhound and I've been on numerous regional bus carriers in Mexico ffs.


Can second this.

I've only ridden Greyhound once in my life, and it was by far the most miserable experience of my life on a bus.

As far as the impact on communities go, since they already pulled out of Western Canada years ago and they haven't been operating at all in Canada since the pandemic started, the fact that they're shutting down won't represent a sudden change for those communities.
 

Bleedsblue&white

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To further my Greyhound story.

It was an emergency trip, we had planned a ride out to Tampa and my motorcycle gave up the ghost weeks before the trip, so I said everybody go I'll meet you there.
Buying the ticket, no problem. What they neglected to tell me is that, while the Canadian side was fine, in the States there was some job action going on, so driving through pickets and scab drivers who didn't know their way around was how my trip went.

I remember a stop in Kentucky, I'm starving, hit a diner, order up, go to pay and they look at my Canadian money like I'm an alien.
I was so used to Buffalo and such that I forgot that far south we aren't really neighbours lol.


I had to get it exchanged, fuckers wouldn't bend.
 
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