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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE LETHBRIDW HERALD Thursdoy, Juna U, 1973 Sometimes bus is the only way to go BISMARCK, ND Bad weather has grounded all planes west Amtrak isn't due for another two days. Auto rental prices all but prohibit that consideration. What's a traveler to do' What a majority of them have been doing in America for de- cades take a bus Four hundred million peo- ple can't be wrong That s how many are expected to buy intercity bus tickets this year in the United States. While popular national con- cern will no doubt wrestle with such transportation pio- blems as railroad deficits and the morality of airline host- esses, buses will roll merri- ly, anonymously, regularly, wholesomely and even profit- ably along over 25 billion passenger miles. Only the automobile will carry more people to more places Doubtless, some of the bus riders will take coaches out of necessity They sim- ply have no other way to go. The National Association of Motor Bus Owners reports the country's 23.000 intercity buses routinely stop at 13 500 communities which have no other form of mass Thus if a citizen must get from Washburn D to Coal Harbor in the same state, he must cwn a car, have strong legs, hitchhike go by hot air balloon or taxe a bus Industry officials like to be- lieve the majority of bus pas- sengers uould go by coach even with viable alternatives. They say air travel is hectic and railioadi absurd. And many passengers agiee Said one lady recently on the westbound Super Scenic Cruibcr "I'm 63 vears old and I've never been further off the ground than the attic of my home. You couldn't get me in a plane to meet Kirk Douglas Lost charm Even auto transportation. bus advocates, has lost its charm. "Fifty thousand people are killed in them every sighs one Grey- hound executive. As of now, more than 90 per cent of all travel in the nation is still by private car, but busers hope that time and circumstances will reduce the figure Besides highway dangers, there is now the pollution en- sis who drive a lot deserve a kick in the gas" grump environmental i s t s the threat of fuel shortages and bumper-to-bumper traf- fic Says Greyhound- "All of this is convincing more and more people to simply leave the driving to us." Indeed, there is much to be said for doing just that. In recent years mptor cosch travel has improved admir- ably. No reservations are nec- essary bring out an- other bus for overflow pas- says a Greyhound No security checks never worry about hi- says one driver here, "where could I take them Moreover, today's modern buses have done away with much of the discomforts of yore. Sixteen wheels cushion the ride On board lavatories have solved the "bouncing bladder blues." Some of the newest buses by Greyhound have host- By TOM TIEDE Newspaper Enterprise Association esses, earphones for radio listening and snack bars says a wag, but dancing bears But the best thing about bus travel, say the advo- cates. the cost. According to a 1972 study by the De- partment of Transportation, intercity bus fares were 3.81 cents a mile, compared with 4 cents for trains, 6 cents for planes and a whopping 13.55 cents for automobiles. A Washington to New York bus trip, thus, cost (in 1972) while the top by train can be up to (de- pending on the trip by air is and the trip by auto is S30 at least, "provid- ing" says a smiling bus dri- ver, "you don't get a flat, have the radiator boil over, or lose an axle Yet if the bus business chortles at the drawbacks of other forms of mass locomo- tion, it does not chortle loud- ly Motor coach travel has its picblems too Intercity lines are down 150 (to a current total of about 1.000) in the last decade. Op- erating expenses have risen from S4SW million in 1961 to S852 million in 1971. Last year, according to Charles Webb, HEAVY TANDEM TRUCKS Suitable To Carry Log Load- ers, Cranes, eK. 10.00x20 10 TON CRANE- DRAGLINE On tracks, this could be mounted on a truck. 4950-" 08 CAT With angledorer 4750 ,00 Can trade in K TON TRUCKS TRAVEL TRAILERS, BOATS, etc. A. G. Bayes Ltd Box 430, or 426-4772 Cranbrook, B.C. There are more exciting !ngs, Quiet place in world than bos depots. This one in Bill- Thc Uthhridqc Hera'd think YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 A.. MpeiMnic airliner exploded in sir gt the moat Ptrle aviation show. 9 What Had of fish ie ai the center of a dispute between Britain and Iceland? to (CHOOSE ONE; partially ban, reinstate) the death penalty, External Attain Minister Mitchell Sharp an- nounced Canada will quit the commission by July 31. However, he left open the slim possibility that Canada might return to the 1CCS to 5 Premier George Papadopoilos, headofflieGreefe military government, abolished ikemonarchyand proclaimed Greece a presidential republic. Did he promise national elections? PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess to Lieutenant Mark Phillips, a PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that yon match with ite correct meaning. 1.....splice a-to give approval b-a plant of the gourd family tall grows tor fodder, syrup, etc. d-to unite bylappiagtwo ends together e-a fraud Tf It Tl PART HI NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 jnints for names feat yen can correctly natch wfth the dues. Macdocald of fedeitil food prices review board HOW DO YOU RATE? _ M to 80 to 100 pototi TOP SCOW! n to 70 polnti Mr. 81 to 90 petals (MtUtnl CO or _ PAMlLY blSCUSSldlS 60ESTION Overall, what do you think of the federal govern- ment's energy policies? Vickerft ter Irish Bepoblto tf-PreftfOent, e-NHL rookie of year STUDENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for 811-73 ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAOE president of NAMBO, profit for the nation's intercity lines million) was 10 per cent less than the million earned the year before. Competition Webb and others blame much of the revenue decline on "unfair competition." Am- trak, for example, has lured thousands of bus passengers to the tracks with drastic re- ductions in fares which have been underwritten by million in federal subsidies. Aside from competition, however, the bus industry has internal deficits which may be chasing some custom- ers away Terminals, such as the Greyhound station in Bis- marck, are old and uninvit- ing. Some agents, again like the Greyhound's man in Bis- marck, can be cranky and unhelpful. When asked if a passenger would be sure to get a ticket for Butte. Bismark Glen William snapped: "How do I know, I can't guarantee This despite the highly promoted "no reserva- guarantee. Aisles thin And the buses themselves, despite improvements, are far from being first class. Seats are thin, aisles are even thinner, lavatories can get fairly grungy. The 48th passenger west the other evening was told the bus had only 47 seats and he would have to sit in the aisle for 100 miles "What can I the driver asked. "Let's go, take it or leave it.'' The 48th passenger took it. And so it is Despite draw- backs, hundreds of millions. do the same Bus travel may be slow as hours from Bis- marck to Butte vs. 3 hours by it may also be a bit dingy. But it is one of the (0.05 deaths per mil- lion passenger miles vs 2 10 for the cheapest and the handiest "I met my wife on a said one passenger disem- barking here, stretching his back and waiting for h i s bags, "otherwise, I think the damn things are fine.'' Jim Drury king of the road? Bus driver image is rather hum-drum Bald eagle hatched KEY BISCAYNE. Fla. CAP) The first bald eagle hatched in captivity in 57 years has been given a unisex name be- cause zoo keepers can't deter- mine whether it is a boy or a girl. The eagle, born at Crandon i Park Zoo near Miami on Valen- tine's Day, has been christened Zoar, after a popular flying eagle toy. FARGO. ND There is nothing romantic about dri- ving a bus. Unlike the air- line pilot, with his steward- esses, or the truck driver, hero of endless, country-west- ern ballads, the bus driver's image is rather hum-drum. He is a faceless fellow in wrinkled trousers, sitting up m front, behind sunglasses, turning on the windshield wipers or otherwise escaping from the monotony of watch- ing poles pass by Says the sign' "do not talk to the bus driver Gads. then, hes not eien fnendlj. Yet for all the lack of ap- peal, there is no shortage of personnel in the first seats, left, of America's 23.300 in- tercut} motor coaches The Greyhound Corpora- tion repoivs they can take only one in 20 applicants Traihvays. too. has a surplus of hopefuls Response One intercity company on the east coast put out a call recently for 10 men and re- ceived 200 responses "I don't know what the draw says an industry official, "maybe they just want to get away from home If that's the case, the wan- derers are eyeing the right profession. Though many bus jobs are numbly routine one school bus driver recent- ly said he had accumulated miles in 20 years, "all within 10 miles of my front porch" intercity driving is broadening indeed. And in all that mileage despite the image, there has to be some titillation Like the driver in Ohio last year who, along with his passeng- gers. was hijacked briefly and robbed. Like the driver a couple of years back in the Mid- west who helped deliver a baby Or like the driver out of Chicago on a Florida chart- er who recalls "I didn'l do anything to encourage her. Honest. Hell, the company would have my job if I But we were gone more than a week and every night she came round to my motel door What could I do? Huh''' Amorous Jim Drury. more s the pity, has never had an amorous passenger knock at his door even if he had. he'd likely not admit it Tn 22 years with Greyound. he knows the bus industry does not like controversy The qualifications for his job call for ''mature judgment and good character" Playbovs and hot rodders need nol apply Drury's neither. At 48 he't a company darling. World War II infantryman (Okin- awa. married, father of two daughters, he just about fits what Grey- hound calls "our average dri- ver A bit substantial in the mid- dle, conservative in thought and talk, a record clean at preventable accidents, Jim Drury has driven a million safe miles in his life and somehow looks it. There have been some few unraveled moments in his career. Snowstorms which have stalled his bus and passengers overnight Drunks who have had to be removed from the coach. Kids smoking something in the back of the coach that just didn't smell like Pall Mails INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE RCSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower F'aor 517 4lh Avt. Phone Before you go, see us. I2POIOT There's one sure way to stop car troubles from ruining a vacation them behind. One stop with us before you go will do the trick. It's quick. It's simple and the peace of mind you get will last through your entire trip. Plan to make us your first holiday stop. 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