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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Service and regularity build bus reputation By JOE WILL CALGARY With sncnv everywhere and Christmas travellers clogging Ihc schedules are uncertain. My vile worries that the 2 p.m. bus out of Calgary fail to make the p.m. connection in Edmonton for places north. At the they say the second unit will wait. will there be any can't telephone but I'm sure there'll be some- is the reply. we less than 10 minutes behind the p.m. bus has its en- gine idling and two choice seats right behind the driver are vacant. We should not have both- ered to worry. F. L. sales and traf- fic vice president of Grey- hound Lines of Canada says the company's policy is to provide or sec- ond when even a couple of passengers are left nvithout a seat. That policy grows out of the philosophy of providing serv- ice and that philosophy is it- self the product of necessity. Builds volume Good particularly on the rural and feeder is needed to maintain confidence and keep up the volume of passengers and ex- if the volume so does the profit. Greyhound of Canada has grown through acquisitions and expansion from a sma'l operation to a leading carrier. The firm began in 1929 and changed little during the de- pression and early years of the Second World War. In it was purchased by Greyhound whose offices now are in Ariz. In 40 per cent of the stock was released for trading on the Toronto Stock allowing Cana- dians to participate in the growth of the company. In the a series of amalgamations with other re- gional carriers built a com- pany that was with the construction of the Trans-Can- ada Highway in to offer service on an all-Canadian route from mid-country to the West Coast. Routes expand Its latest acquisition was in 1970 when the Ooachways Sys- tem was purchased for mil- lion and Greyhound got 75 other assets and route miles which was equivalent to one-third of Greyhound's miles. Greyhound runs major-city service from Vancouver to Toronto in co-operation with Gray Coach Lines and oper- ates lines to the Northwest the Yukon and be- to Alaska. It has re- gional routes in Sas- Ontario arid British Columbia. That p.m. bus out of Ec.nionton is typical of the ru- ral routes. The bus churns through the muddy street of a small vil- discharges a couple of a few express packages and z bundle of newspapers. It then slips down a winding gravelled road where trees reach out to form a canopy and rabbits' eyes sparkle in the head- heading to the town vdiere the driver sleeps the night. Many of these routes border on the Mr. Mo- gen and it is the private automobile which provides most of the competition. Where Greyhound Goes Greyhound lines el Canada Ltd and line Inc '-Connecting Even though the bus is the only public transportation to more than 100 towns and vil-. lages in the company does not get government as- sistance to operate uneco- nomic as the railways do. said Mr. Grey- hound tries to keep them on a reasonable footing. Only so many passengers are available in the lightly populated farming commu- nities .and Greyhound has been pushing its package ex- press service. The bus is a handy means of getting a farm machinery part or a shipment of cut flowers to an out-of-the-way place. is one of the fast- est-growing segments of our business the fact we are regular makes our service at- tractive. Shippers know they can pretty well depend on the next bus Last year. Greyhound in- creased its gioss express rev- enue 18.3 pt-r cent from W'f levels to million. Earnings grow Charter and passenger gross revenue was up 7.65 per cent to million and inter- city bus miles increased 3.35 per cent to 36.25 million. Con- solidated earnings reached or a share compared with 11.32 a share in 1971. These figures include sub- sidiary companies such M Motor Coach Industries Ltd. of Winnipeg. Motor Coach builds tht body of the bus and assem- bles other parts such aa tht power train which has been purchased from other manu- facturers. Motor Coach made its first sales last year outside the Mexico regular market _ 10 buses to Aus- tralia. Greyhound operates about 285 buses and employs around 550 men to drive de- pending on seasonal fluctua- tions. It replaces approximately 10 per cent of its fleet each year at a cost of about 000 a bus and the used ones are sold to smaller lines or independent carriers. Although Greyhound is by all measurements not everything works out right. The prime example is its VIP with hostesses as on airplanes and space for businessmen to that was introduced between Cal- gary and EtVnonton. It even though a sec- ond daily trip was scheduled to provide more convenient times on the three-hour route. The company plans to try it again. 1513 3rd Avenue South Across from McGavin's Bakery --El These Prices Effective Aug 18th iy SJ -j' it- ALL MEAT GOVERNMENT INSPECTED rmrl FRIDAY SPECIALS vM 9 1 CHECK FRIDAY'S HERALD FOR SATURDAY SPECIALS T-BONE or PORTERHOUSE WE ARE Ib. CLUB STEAKS .69 Ib. Sirloin Steak Ib. HINDS or BEEF CUT and WRAPPED Ib. 1 UNTIL 9P.M SIDES BEEF CUT and WRAPPED 1 .05 FRONTS BEEF CUT and WRAPPED 90 WHILE QUANTITIES LAST ENTER YOUR NAME FOR FREE DRAW ON PICNIC HAMS DRAWS TO BE MADE SATURDAY C. WESSELMAN MIXED GLADIOLAS SPECIAL SAT. ONLY ON DOZEN LOCAL Corn On The Cob NEW CANADA NO. 1 Potatoes Pickling Dills lb Bananas 8 1i00 Grapes 4 BX. I-49 LOCAL Cabbage N.W Creen lb. LOCAL Cauliflower Watermelon Beans ENTER YOUR NAME FOR FREE DRAW ON GROCERY HAMPERS ;