The End Of An Era

“Greyhound Canada is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C.”
 
See Greyhound Canada to end bus service in Western provinces
I haven’t been a steady customer of Greyhound but I’ve taken dozens of trips over my lifetime. Sometimes the bus is just the best way to get there. The last trip I considered was to Vancouver to take a test-drive of my new Solo EV while waiting for delivery. The bus was going to cost more than my wife just spent on air-transportation for a weekend wedding near Toronto. Airlines and governments are always tweaking costs and technologies to optimize air-travel but buses? Nope. They can go obsolete. Meanwhile many small communities along the major highways in western Canada will lose a major carrier.

The longest bus-trip I ever took was to Yellowknife, NT, to go teach up there. It was amazing with many beautiful scenes along the way and even bison crossing the roads up there. I travelled with live turtles, discovering too late that they weren’t allowed in the luggage…

Anyway, with governments considering EVs to revolutionize transportation, someone should have given thought to keeping buses around for intercity transportation so that shorter range EVs make sense. It’s stupid to require an EV to have the same range as most infernal combustion engined vehicles so that they cost an arm and a leg for huge batteries, empty seats and larger air and rolling resistance. Buses make sense whether diesel or electric if you look at the big picture. Airplanes certainly don’t. Think of the CO2 per passenger-km, for pity’s sake. A diesel bus fully occupied uses 17 g CO2 per passenger-km. A gasoline-guzzler with only a driver takes 153… Keep the damned diesel buses!

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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