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Greyhound changing locations in Sault Ste. Marie

Monday, October 08, 2012   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE 

GREYHOUND CANADA

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Greyhound agency to relocate in Sault Ste. Marie, ON

BURLINGTON, ON - Greyhound Canada is pleased to announce that on Monday, October 15, it will begin operating from its new agency location at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 503 Trunk Road.

From this new location, Greyhound will continue to provide four daily schedules, connecting passengers to some of the areas most popular travel destinations, including Sudbury, Toronto, Thunder Bay, and all other destinations within its North American network. In addition to passenger services, Greyhound Canada will also continue to provide Greyhound Courier Express (GCX) from this new location. GCX is Greyhound Canada’s package shipping service, which provides customers affordable prices and flexible shipping times throughout the year.

“We are pleased to begin operating from our new location and continuing to provide customers with easy travel connectivity in and out of the city,” said Peter Hamel, Regional Manager, Greyhound Canada. “We look forward to a great start at this location and continuing to be the city’s choice for safe, reliable and affordable travel service.”

The agency is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. For Greyhound ticket information in Sault Ste. Marie, call 705-541-9305 or visit us online at www.greyhound.ca.

About Greyhound

Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound Courier Express (GCX) and charter services.

For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-661- TRIPS (8747) or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com.

Follow Greyhound on Twitter for the latest news and travel deals, http://twitter.com/GreyhoundBus

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Just Curious 10/8/2012 5:28:09 PM Report

Well,if nothing else it will make more business for the cab companies..What will passengers do without their Timmies??
drm 10/8/2012 6:31:13 PM Report

lol i was just thinking the same thing
GrammaDingbat54 10/8/2012 6:45:46 PM Report

Good to know we don't have to go all the way downtown, spend $11. on cab fare from Lake St. Now we can just walk up the street!! Cool.
ShawnM 10/8/2012 7:19:46 PM Report

This is bad news, especially for businesses that ship through them. Now they will have to drive further or ship less with them. I usually would ship things that need to go quick but who knows, maybe I will think twice now.
geterdun 10/8/2012 7:22:45 PM Report

It wont matter .....Dalton and the liberals are going to cancel the greyhound buses going North they wont be going past Sudbury as they put it there is nothing worth seeing beyond that.......to bad so sad hitch hike.....
ShawnM 10/8/2012 7:47:20 PM Report

Ah no... greyhound is not owned by the Ontario government, they don't really have any say other than licensing. If the greyhound does not come here anymore that's greyhounds choice. The Ontario government currently has Ontario Northland and that does not come here anyway.
chronisch 10/8/2012 8:45:09 PM Report

This hurts businesses in our downtown core! This is something to be looked at. We have a few ma & pa cafe's along queen that get filled with hungry greyhound passengers... What if it's your family this is effecting? I happen to live in the area and noticed that a few places recently hired more people just because of "The Greyhound Rush" .... Does this mean job loss?
Stugatzu 10/8/2012 8:46:35 PM Report

Its a smart move, as far as location is concerned. Anyone who's ever been to the Greyhound terminal downtown can attest to that. Having to share that building with Checker Taxi, and competing with traffic in order to get to the highway for their routes. A location on Trunk Road is smart -- its almost on top of 17E and is only two minutes away from 17N. The only perk to being downtown was that the passengers had easy access to Tim Hortons and its 24/7 location. That has always been for the passengers and had nothing to do with the benefit of business. Those that say "if it moves, I'll think twice about using them to ship stuff".. are all full of hot air and manure; they probably never used Greyhound for shipping or transit with any type of regularity to begin with.

Good move on Greyhound's part to move to a more accessible location in/out of town. It never made any sense to be downtown.

Those of us that know how business works see this as a very wise move. And for all you coffee drinkers, and fast food consumers -- there's a slew of these places all along Trunk Rd. If you're taking a bus, you have a lot of spare time while you wait. Feel free to walk to one of these locations.
quickcarl 10/8/2012 9:22:12 PM Report

I don't have to use the Greyhound too much anymore, but I'm so glad they switched locations anyways.
I know there's a very convenient Tim Hortons coffee shop right by the Brock St location, but the parking and congestion was getting pretty hairy sometimes.
I'm sure the bus drivers will find the new location also a bit easier to get in and out of.
Good move guys!!
JustMe1234567 10/9/2012 12:02:20 AM Report

Good idea in my opinion.

Remember the days when you pulled into the ADANAC? At least there was a place to sit and eat and....drink lol.

I think maybe there is a restaurant in that Howard Johnson's, so that would be perfect for travellers!

Speaking of what things use to be...The Caswell anyone? ha.
Sault_ont 10/9/2012 1:16:59 AM Report

Other place Like Winnipeg their greyhound bus station is out at the airport at onetime it used to be in the Downtown part of Winnipeg.
Kadance 10/9/2012 1:34:50 AM Report

Stugatzu;
Just curious...what is the difference between Greyhound sharing a building with Checker Cab or sharing a building with the Howard Johnson? Don't get me wrong; the move is great. Just not following your rationale about sharing a building space.
cashcab 10/9/2012 7:52:52 AM Report

Maybe the Country style on trunk road will now go back to a full 24 hour operation instead of just the drive through being open at night. This may open up a few jobs. You know people will be walking through the drive through, if they don't. lol.
Justin Tetreault 10/9/2012 9:30:18 AM Report

"Just curious...what is the difference between Greyhound sharing a building with Checker Cab or sharing a building with the Howard Johnson? Don't get me wrong; the move is great. Just not following your rationale about sharing a building space."

The Checker space was small with no parking for family to wait and the building itself was pretty cramped. The Howard Johnson space is much larger.
Bad Dawg 10/9/2012 9:52:25 AM Report

I think it is a good place for the buses..... because you can't get your timmies in The Soo you won't take the bus(your a dumbass then)....They will just run faster and I am sure the bus will leave some and thats good for the HJ. sure there are better places like by the water tower close to timmies and walmart.... but thats our smart city planners that dont have a damn clue of what people want

GrammaDingbat54 10/9/2012 10:01:44 AM Report

For anyone needing to get to the new location, there's a bus stop right out front...just take the McNabb bus.
learningaswego 10/9/2012 10:55:50 AM Report

Seems to be a very suitable location for this business, especially with access to the highways north and east.
Sounds like a great idea.
Stugatzu 10/9/2012 11:06:00 AM Report

Kadance: The location on Brock St. where it is now is extremely small. The location creates traffic congestion downtown as buses attempt to enter/exit the depot, while contending with vehicles coming from all directions trying to get into the Tim Horton's drive-thru. Moving to the HoJo that has a much larger property allows the traffic to flow easier in each direction. Trunk Rd consists of 4 lanes: two lanes travelling in each direction, while Brock St. has two lanes with one travelling each way.

I'm not picking on Checker Cab, I'm just pointing out that the current/old location serves better as a cab stand than it does a bus depot.
Dead End Kid 10/9/2012 12:51:47 PM Report

I really don't see this issue as having to be debated. I mean, who really cares where they move. I don't think I'll ever use this service as the bus trips are long and tedious and the rates are quite high as well as the the "rif raft" you may encounter along the way. It's better to spend the extra hundred bucks and fly Porter knowing you'll arrive at your destination in a fraction of the time.
welshlady 10/9/2012 3:54:45 PM Report

It seems that everyone is in favour of the Greyhound Bus Service moving to Trunk Road, but I for one, am somewhat disappointed with this decision. I travel by Greyhound quite often to visit my grandchildren and I live downtown and do not drive. Sure, I can ask someone to take me there or hire a cab but it sure was convenient to just walk down the road and hop on the bus. As for the buses causing congestion on Brock, au contraire, the congestion is caused not by the buses but by the hoards of people driving through Timmies at all hours of the day. The buses only stop there a couple of times a day. In closing, I was surprised when I read this as the Greyhound personnel did not mention anything when I purchased my most recent out of town ticket last week.
econolady 10/12/2012 5:12:04 PM Report

I have been and will continue to be a Greyhound user...minimum a couple of times a month from Sudbury to the Sault on a return trip. Over the past few years service has been reduced and It is not easy to arrange a weekend trip without leaving in the evening to go and return the same way if you want to maximize the time you spend with family while on a weekend visit. In the last two or 3 years travel has been delayed by 2 to 3 hours more frequently than I would care to recount...often bringing me home in the middle of the night when I have no choice but to cab it. So this move is not about whether I get a decent cup of coffee before I go but more about will there be some place for us to be when we wait for 3 or 4 hours for a driver or because a bus is tied up in bad traffic in the wintry months. The space previously occupied was absolutely substandard but what is being offered in the new location. For those interested, the Greyhound website is not providing any info about the new site, the downtown location had nothing posted by way of suggesting a move nor was it offering any information to its travellers. I fear that travel will become much costlier for me--no y city bussing in the middle of the night or with luggage in the late evening either. Sudbury now has 2 locations for depots one for Greyhound, one for Northland and apparently we have been advised that this could change at any time also. Porter is not a viable alternative for those of us who must spend close to $40 to get to and from the airport. In fact to travel from Sudbury to the Sault, I must first make a nice detout to Toronto so really, my options seem limited. I will adapt but it is no thanks to the wondrous communication skills of the Greyhound people...thanks for keeping the customer feeling as informed as always!
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