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Greyhound/Trailways

Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:25 am

I remember as a kid we used to ride both Greyhound and Trailways out of New Orleans to Biloxi. In fact, I remember clearly taking the dog to Biloxi, and riding Trailways back. The funny thing was on the way back they had both a Greyhound and Trailways bus operating the route within minutes of each other. At a stop light on US 90, both buses were parked next to each other, and the drivers were laughing at each other and decided to do a little race and see who'd get to New Orleans first. Of course I was around 10 or so but I remember the Trailways bus I was on (one of those old Silver Eagles, I think it was) left the dog in its wake.

I realize that Greyhound purchased the Trailways Corporation in 1987, but now I see a bunch of independent Trailways operators (Adirondack, Burlington, etc.) around the country which offer through ticketing with Greyhound as well as on-line ticketing on their own websites.

Do you think one day we'll see the return of Continental Trailways (which operated coast-to-coast as one carrier) or do you think it'll just be Greyhound and the regional carriers as it is today?
 
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RE: Greyhound/Trailways

Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:11 am

I would not speculate on the answer to your question, but I do have many fond memories of taking Greyhound when I was in my 20's. Most people wouldn't have fond memories of cross-country bus trips, but for me, it was a way to relax and see the countryside-- close up-- plus it was CHEAP! And for some reason I was always able to sleep on a bus, whereas I cannot sleep on a plane.

Buses still go a lot of places that don't have commercial air service.

Would love to see some posts about memories of bus travel.
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RE: Greyhound/Trailways

Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:17 am



Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Do you think one day we'll see the return of Continental Trailways (which operated coast-to-coast as one carrier) or do you think it'll just be Greyhound and the regional carriers as it is today?

Greyhound has filled that void. Trailways used to be the poor man's Greyhound.
Megabus is growing and is the more elite bus line and Greyhound is for the derelicts.
Megabus is offering good service at a good price. The thing is that you need to have a credit card or ATM/debit card to use their service. That is a clever way to weed out the undesirables found on Greyhound.
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RE: Greyhound/Trailways

Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:35 am

Interesting points, Fly. I see that while Megabus serves some key routes in the Northeast corridor, they are limited to 13 states in the East and Midwest, plus the province of Ontario. That seems pretty limited.
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RE: Greyhound/Trailways

Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:17 am



Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 3):
That seems pretty limited.

They are newish and have a rather straight forward business model. They aren't really going for the super long distance set that Greyhound attracts, rather they seem singularly focused on the college crowd/airline short haul competition.
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RE: Greyhound/Trailways

Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:47 am



Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 3):
Interesting points, Fly. I see that while Megabus serves some key routes in the Northeast corridor, they are limited to 13 states in the East and Midwest, plus the province of Ontario. That seems pretty limited.

Sorry if my earlier points were a bit condescending to those in the rural parts of the country. Eventually, Megabus will grow and serve more areas. However, I think Amtrak will attract this crowd for long-distance trips.
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