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Posted 31 May 2008 - 11:20 PM

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Next week, I hope to get a pic of a NeOn bus (Greyhound/Trailways NY/Greyhound Canada service competing with Megabus).
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 11:57 PM

Great shots! How far does $1 take you, to the next stop? :)

How do you tell which company owns the bus?

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 12:13 AM

Great shots! How far does $1 take you, to the next stop? :)

How do you tell which company owns the bus?

Vamoose has some nice VanHools!

I just looked at their site... I can get a free ticket for tomorrow night from Boston-New York. Also, if you buy a ticket now for November, it's $1. The farther ahead you buy, the cheaper it is.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 12:14 AM

So how exactly is profit made?

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 01:58 AM

Did heard that there's a Megabus service available between Toronto-NYC for anyone who can't afford Dogpound.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:06 AM

Is New York getting any Van Hool double deckers?

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:52 AM

Did heard that there's a Megabus service available between Toronto-NYC for anyone who can't afford Dogpound.


There is also a competing service from Greyhound and Trailways of New York...called NeOn, operating between Royal York Hotel and the New Yorker Hotel (one block away from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden).

Also, double deckers should be in by the end of the month. As for those considering traveling to NYC for the roadeo, you also have a choice...NeOn, which probably has seats, and Megabus, which is less likely.

Great shots! How far does $1 take you, to the next stop? :)

How do you tell which company owns the bus?

Vamoose has some nice VanHools!


Coach USA owns all of the buses...the operator name is on the bottom skirt (and is also listed in the gallery for each bus). Gold Line is Martz Trailways-Gray Line DC, 76 Carriage is Philadelphia Trolley Works, DATTCO is the name of the third, and Megabus Northeast LLC is Coach USA Olympia Trails in Elizabeth, NJ.

Unlike BoltBus, there are no special uniforms for the drivers...only the uniform of the operator.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:48 AM

There is also a competing service from Greyhound and Trailways of New York...called NeOn, operating between Royal York Hotel and the New Yorker Hotel (one block away from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden).

Also, double deckers should be in by the end of the month. As for those considering traveling to NYC for the roadeo, you also have a choice...NeOn, which probably has seats, and Megabus, which is less likely.



Coach USA owns all of the buses...the operator name is on the bottom skirt (and is also listed in the gallery for each bus). Gold Line is Martz Trailways-Gray Line DC, 76 Carriage is Philadelphia Trolley Works, DATTCO is the name of the third, and Megabus Northeast LLC is Coach USA Olympia Trails in Elizabeth, NJ.

Unlike BoltBus, there are no special uniforms for the drivers...only the uniform of the operator.



Hope Megabus will use the Van Hool Double deckers on the toronto runs.


How many Van Hools did they ordered?

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:27 AM

Hope Megabus will use the Van Hool Double deckers on the toronto runs.


The additional order for the Van Hool doublers was made by Coach USA, since the megabus service is jointly operated by Coach USA and Coach Canada, the chances of seeing a Van Hool double decker in Toronto is low because Coach Canada provides the buses for the trips within Ontario. The closest place we can probably get to see these double deckers will be in Buffalo where the transfers from Coach Canada to Coach USA buses take place.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:02 AM

The additional order for the Van Hool doublers was made by Coach USA, since the megabus service is jointly operated by Coach USA and Coach Canada, the chances of seeing a Van Hool double decker in Toronto is low because Coach Canada provides the buses for the trips within Ontario. The closest place we can probably get to see these double deckers will be in Buffalo where the transfers from Coach Canada to Coach USA buses take place.

Here is a photo of one their Van Hools
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Thanks, thats very interesting, I am planning to ride Megabus from Toronton to New York, now I am understood I have to transfere to a Coach USA bus after I have cross the boarder...

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:06 AM

Thanks, thats very interesting, I am planning to ride Megabus from Toronton to New York, now I am understood I have to transfere to a Coach USA bus after I have cross the boarder...


Wait a minute---it isn't just a change of drivers in Buffalo? I ask because Greyhound Canada doesn't make you change buses on the competing NeOn service (stop in Buffalo is only for a driver change).
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 12:41 PM

Wait a minute---it isn't just a change of drivers in Buffalo? I ask because Greyhound Canada doesn't make you change buses on the competing NeOn service (stop in Buffalo is only for a driver change).


I haven't seen any Megabus up here in the morning or the evening. However I will check on this sometime later on this week, before or after work since I work downtown.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 01:21 PM

I haven't seen any Megabus up here in the morning or the evening. However I will check on this sometime later on this week, before or after work since I work downtown.


The Megabus departure is at 9 AM and 9 PM from Royal York.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 05:56 PM

The Megabus departure is at 9 AM and 9 PM from Royal York.


Well... turns out I was wrong. They use Coach USA coaches (DATTCO most likely) to operate the Megabus Service to/from Toronto. I spotted this one yesterday evening loading on York Street just outside the Royal York Hotel.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:37 PM

Actually, 58524 is marked for Megabus Northeast LLC in Elizabeth, NJ, aka Olympia Trails (where Coach USA operates other routes and transit services serving Essex and Hudson Counties in New Jersey (Also based out of the facility are Red & Tan in Hudson County, which uses mostly Stagecoach UK Bus branding (2 routes, soon to be 1), a few NJ Transit Blue-Birds, and 24 Orion 7s for Newark Airport shuttles, Olympia Trails, which has two routes (NY-Newark Airport and NY-Plainfield), and Orange Newark Elizabeth Bus, 3 routes). I would also presume that Trentway-Wagar may pull into Olympia Trails to lay over in the greater NYC area if not at Greyhound (I have shot Trentway-Wagar 83918 just north of it at Jersey Gardens.)

58525, which I have shot, has the exact same markings on it.
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 03:13 PM

I am actually going to take make that trip sometime this summer...
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 06:24 PM

I am actually going to take make that trip sometime this summer...


You might want to try NeOn as a fallback. Megabus may need to add more departures because it is selling fast.
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 08:41 PM

Hope Megabus will use the Van Hool Double deckers on the toronto runs.


How many Van Hools did they ordered?

They would probably need MTO approval to run double decker buses (I know that GO did). There are probably clearance issues on the QEW as well.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:18 PM

Just wondering is NYC getting Van Hool Double decker Coaches soon?
Gotta work out for my trip in mid September

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:39 AM

Just wondering is NYC getting Van Hool Double decker Coaches soon?
Gotta work out for my trip in mid September

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