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Intercity Bus Cuts Due to Pandemic

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Willbridge

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The biggest problem intercity buses have is public perception, for better or for worse.
In the minds of many, still to this day, the bus is the lowest transport mode in the hierarchy of options - the option of last resort.
The "carrier of last resort" image is enhanced -- if that's the right word -- by people who use GL in emergencies during peak travel times and without any advance planning. And then they have a poor or bad experience.

Like Amtrak, GL has tried to eliminate middle-management jobs and those were the people who would straighten things out when needed. It's hard to imagine now, but when we did that 1975 Oregon study we were dealing with GL's regional manager in Portland (I think he had Oregon, Washington and Idaho). Today were we to do that study the regional manager would be in Denver. When I last worked on relations with them in Denver (for RTD) their very good regional manager was engaged in setting up BOLT, so everything took longer while we were doing the Denver Union Station project -- he was up in the Pacific Northwest.

BTW, after retiring from GL, he was hired by CDOT to continue development of the state's Bustang system. Oregon, of course, set up a statewide network after the collapse of the Trailways system, but it doesn't have a statewide image. As Canadians recently have demonstrated, the negative bus image is the perfect excuse for doing nothing -- until a crisis level is reached.
 

railiner

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As Canadians recently have demonstrated, the negative bus image is the perfect excuse for doing nothing -- until a crisis level is reached.
From what I have read on another forum, they're still doing basically nothing in Canada...just a few operator's trying to cherry-pick would-be lucrative routes here and there, and nothing like the national network that Canada once enjoyed....
 

jiml

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From what I have read on another forum, they're still doing basically nothing in Canada...just a few operator's trying to cherry-pick would-be lucrative routes here and there, and nothing like the national network that Canada once enjoyed....
I don't follow bus services too closely, but certainly aware of frequent news stories regarding reductions and discontinuations that started long before the pandemic. I believe cutbacks have been most severe in Western Canada - especially in smaller communities where bus was the only option. Here in Ontario, the previous government slashed the northern trains in favor of bus services, but then those networks were in turn substantially reduced. The current government promised to look at the situation, along came Covid19 and there's certainly been no progress. Down east things might be a bit better - when in Halifax at the end of last year, the combination train and bus station seemed to be well-served by the latter, although ironically many of those buses run in place of long-gone trains.
 
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