29 Facts About Greyhound Lines


Greyhound Lines, Inc operates the largest intercity bus service in North America.

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Greyhound Lines operates 1, 700 coach buses produced mainly by Motor Coach Industries and Prevost serving 230 stations and 1, 600 destinations.

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Greyhound Lines is owned by Flix North America, Inc, an affiliate of Flixbus, and is based in Downtown Dallas.

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Between 1937 and 1945, Greyhound Lines built many new stations and acquired new buses in the period in the late Art Deco style known as Streamline Moderne.

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For terminals, Greyhound retained architects including William Strudwick Arrasmith and George D Brown.

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Greyhound Lines worked with the Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company for its streamlined Series 700 buses, first for Series 719 prototypes in 1934, and from 1937 as the exclusive customer for Yellow's Series 743 bus.

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Greyhound Lines bought a total of 1, 256 buses between 1937 and 1939.

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Greyhound Lines commissioned industrial designer Raymond Loewy and General Motors to design several distinctive buses from the 1930s through the 1950s.

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In October 1953, Greyhound acquired the Tennessee Coach Company's entire operation, and the negotiations for the Blue Ridge Lines, and its affiliate White Star Lines, that operated between Cleveland and the Mid Atlantic Seaboard.

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Civil Rights Act of 1964's Title II and Title III broadened protections beyond federally regulated carriers such as Greyhound Lines, to include non-discrimination in hotels, restaurants, and other public accommodations, as well as state and local government buildings.

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Greyhound Lines began to hire African American and female drivers in the late 1970s.

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Over time, Greyhound Lines raised the price of the pass, shortened its validity period and rebranded it as the Discovery Pass, before discontinuing it in 2012.

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In June 1987, Greyhound Lines acquired Trailways, Inc, the largest member of the rival Trailways Transportation System, effectively consolidating into a national bus service.

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The Greyhound Corporation retained Premier Cruise Lines and ten non-bus subsidiaries using the Greyhound name, such as Greyhound Leisure Services, Inc, and Greyhound Exhibits.

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One striker in California was killed by a Greyhound Lines bus driven by a strikebreaker, and a shot was fired at a Greyhound Lines bus.

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Greyhound Lines agreed to pay $22 million in back wages to union drivers, recall 550 of the remaining strikers, reinstate most of the 200 strikers who were fired for alleged misconduct, and increase hourly pay for drivers to $16.

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In February 1996, the DOJ won its case, and Greyhound Lines agreed to permit its tenants to sell tickets nearby and permit its tenants to honor interline tickets with competitors.

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In September 1998, Greyhound Lines promised to make accommodations for disabled passengers, including equipping most buses with wheelchair lifts.

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Greyhound Lines purchased Carolina Trailways in 1997, followed by the intercity operations of Southeastern Trailways in 1998.

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In October 1998, Laidlaw announced it would acquire the U S operations of Greyhound Lines, Inc, including Carolina Trailways and other Greyhound affiliates, for about $470 million.

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In 2003, Greyhound Lines expanded its QuickLink service, Greyhound Lines's brand of commuter bus service that runs frequently during the peak weekday commuting hours.

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In 2004, Greyhound Lines dropped low-demand rural stops and started concentrating on dense, inter-metropolitan routes.

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In February 2013, in partnership with DriveCam, Greyhound Lines deployed video cameras across its entire fleet to increase safety and driver compliance by combining data and video analytics with real-time driver feedback and coaching.

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Shortly after the sale to FirstGroup closed, Greyhound Lines began a program in select markets, where riders could reserve a seat for an additional $5.

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In 2014, Greyhound Lines rolled out a new yield management computer system, enabling the company to more closely manage the number of tickets sold for each departure and dynamically adjust pricing based on sales.

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In 2014, Greyhound Lines reported a profit of $73 million on revenues of $990.

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In September 2015, Greyhound Lines announced expanded service in Missouri and Kansas shortly after Megabus announced that it would be ending service to several cities and college campuses.

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Greyhound Lines continues to operate four cross-border routes that either start or finish in the U S from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver: The company placed 38 buses used by its Canada division up for auction.

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Greyhound Lines had been criticized for allowing government officials to arrest its customers who were illegally in the country.

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