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  • 10:16 on May 4, 2018 Permalink  

    Recent pondering have taken me across the Atlantic as I wondered what you could see as a visitor to the U.S.A. without having recourse to a car. So far, the following has come to my notice and more may arise yet. Many are bus companies and there are one or two train companies too. Maybe compiling this list will help some to realise that there is more to bus and train services in the U.S. than they may have realised.

    American Intercity Bus Riders Association

    Holidays by Rail

    Amtrak

    Alaska Railroad

    Arizona Shuttle

    BoltBus

    C&J

    Capital District Transportation Authority

    Central Oregon Breeze

    Coach USA

    Concord Coach Lines

    Current Transportation Solutions

    Dartmouth Coach

    Eagle Transit

    Estes Park Shuttle

    GO Transit

    Grand Canyon Railway

    Greyhound

    Hawaiian Airlines

    Helping Hands Express

    Jefferson Lines

    Las Vegas Monorail

    Massechussetts Bay Transport Authority

    Megabus

    Montana

    Montana and North Dakota Intercity Bus Status

    Mountain Line

    New Jersey Transit

    Newark Airport Express

    New York by Rail

    Oahu Transit

    On the road in America: travelling in the US without a car

    Peter Pan Bus Lines

    Plymouth & Brockton

    Quick Shuttle

    Rimrockin’ down the highway

    START Bus

    Salt Lake Express

    Toole County

    Top scenic USA train routes

    Trailways

    Trailways of New York

    Trans Canyon Shuttle

    City Sights

    YARTS

     
    • 16:07 on March 16, 2018 Permalink  

      Bittern Line

      Conwy Valley

      Penistone Line

       
      • 11:23 on January 26, 2018 Permalink  

        It is true to say that frequent train services operate between Manchester, Leeds and York and that National Express run an hourly service between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds but this not stop Transdev adding their own alternatives. After all, trains can get full and peak time travel is more expensive while National Express prefer the pre-booking model so there might be something to having another hop on service at a more reasonable price. Previously, Transdev, operated the York to Leeds route using its Coastliner operation but CITYZAP replaces that and the Leeds to Manchester route follows the M62. Low floor buses are used instead of coaches so that could an added benefit for those with mobility issues. The services run all days of the week from morning until early in the evening time so any day’s core hours see an hourly service. Outside of these, you always can make use of those aforementioned other services. It will be interesting to see how Transdev’s innovation works out but it sounds as if it could deserve success and it hopefully will see that come its way too.

         
        • 10:20 on January 18, 2018 Permalink  

          Quite a range of bus services around Merseyside will change from next Sunday and here are the details organised by route number:

          3A/3B Huyton – Halewood – John Lennon Airport

          3A and 3B journeys (apart from 0417 trip) no longer serve the Jaguar Land Rover Factory, and instead call at Speke Morrisons.

          4 Liverpool ONE – Dingle/Sefton Park circular

          Frequency has increased during peak times.

          15 Liverpool – Huyton

          Saturday daytime frequency is reduced to 12 minutes. Sunday times have changed.

          18 Liverpool – Croxteth Park circular

          Sunday times have changed.

          31 St Helens – Parr

          The times have changed.

          34/34A St Helens – Newton-le-Willows or Leigh

          Some journeys retimed.

          38/38A St Helens – Rainford circular

          Journeys are retimed.

          47 Liverpool – Crossens

          Some times have changed.

          49 Crossens – Woodvale

          Some times have changed.

          52/52A Liverpool – Netherton/Old Roan

          Monday to Saturday daytime times are changed.

          62 Allerton (Penny Lane)- Bootle, North Park

          Some times are changed as the route is still diverted via Pighue Lane and Rathbone Road due to the closure of Mill Lane/Edge Lane Junction.

          82/82C/82D Liverpool – Liverpool South Parkway or Speke

          Route revised in Liverpool city centre. Some times have changed

          89 St Helens – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

          The Monday to Friday daytime times have changed.

          139 Liverpool – Prescot

          Journeys no longer run between Prescot and St Helens (see Route 289). Times are changed.

          140 St Helens – Bold Heath or Rainhill Station

          The Monday to Saturday daytime timetable now has 2 journeys that are extended to start/finish at Bold Heath (School Lane).

          166/188 Belle Vale – Halewood or Halewood – Belle Vale or Garston circular

          HTL Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Garden Lodge Drive, Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane
          Merseytravel Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane, and Garden Lodge Drive on Saturday daytime journeys.

          224 Liscard – Weatherhead School via Poulton

          The 0751 journey has been retimed to start 8 minutes earlier

          289 St Helens – Prescot or Kirkby

          Route 289 is extended via Rainhill to St Helens to replace the withdrawn section of Route 139. Saturday Route 290 is withdrawn but replaced by Route 289 journeys running from St Helens through to Kirkby bus station. Times are changed.

          300 Liverpool – Southport or Lydiate

          Some times have changed.

          320 St Helens – Ashton-in-Makerfield or Wigan

          Some minor re-timings on Monday to Saturday journeys

          375/385 Southport – Wigan

          Revised timetable

          432/433 New Brighton – Liverpool

          Some times have changed.

          437 Liverpool – West Kirby

          Some times have changed.

          500 Liverpool – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

          Some times are changed.

          600 Garston – Archbishop Blanch School

          0755 journey departs Garston 5 minutes earlier.

          611 Dovecot – Broadgreen School

          Journey retimed 5 minutes earlier.

          630 Woodchurch High School – Moreton Cross

          Merseytravel journey withdrawn. Commercial Al’s Coaches duplicate journey remains.

          663 Thingwall – Wirral Grammar

          Times changed during journey

          745 Carmel College – Platt Bridge

          Revised running times

          781 Billinge – Rainford High School

          Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

          783 Moss Bank – Rainford High School

          Revised running times

          784 Haresfinch – Rainford High School

          Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

          786 Rainford High School – St Helens

          Revised running times

          897 Huyton Industrial Estate – Kirkby Admin

          Route change in Huyton, now serves Stretton Way, Ellis Ashton Street and Link Road on services travelling towards Kirkby Admin.

          X3 Liverpool – Kirkby/Knowsley Industrial Park

          One afternoon journey in each direction withdrawn

           
          • 18:24 on January 16, 2018 Permalink  

            Arriva’s withdrawal of Monday to Saturday Macclesfield to Wilmslow (and vice versa) journeys on service 130 near the end month has seen D & G Buses partly replace them with ones running between Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Manchester Airport. One of the things that bedevilled Arriva’s combination of different journey lengths were delays on their Manchester to Macclesfield ones. Having a different company offering the shorter journeys means that they could be more timely than the longer ones and may offer a more reliable service. Arriva still will cover more of the day though and will continue to offer a Sunday service until their contract ends as a result of council spending cuts. Still, it will be interesting to see how D & G’s offering will fare after their attempt with a Wilmslow to Handforth service on route 378 ended in failure. Some say that ticket machine problems could have contributed and I see High Peak having the same difficulties on their Macclesfield to Buxton service.

             
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