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Old 02-04-2017, 06:08 PM
 
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12 hour layovers in the middle of... somewhere with nothing to eat but the $10 bus station hot dogs
I usually use this time to explore the "somewhere" and try to find some decent food.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I UNDERSTAND IT'S CHEAPER, but I personally wouldn't do it. A plane ride there would have been about an hour or so!
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:03 PM
 
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My friend is a Greyhound bus driver and he does it for the free Mcdonalds/Subway/etc food (freak) He loves driving long stretches of highway where he doesn't have to think. He likes being called in unexpectedly, he loves being the hero. He gets a lot of lifes purpose out of that, always bringing it up, knight in shining armor. Greyhound stops often for breaks so you can get food. You can run to the grocery store and buy something healthy. Megabus and Amtrak don't stop.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:23 PM
 
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Way back in the day when I couldn't afford to rub two dimes together I rode the Greyhound many times long distance. It was agonizing, the long layovers in the middle of the night in sketchy areas etc... Several times there were incidents that made me uncomfortable but didn't directly affect me. Short rides like 6 hours or so is not a big deal, try longer ones like two days or so and see what you think. I am lucky I don't have to ride it anymore. Didn't they say they were going to have Marshals ride the bus every so often like the air marshals do? That would be a painful job!
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Thanks for posting. Have taken Greyhound buses several times in many parts of the country, always without incident. The buses can be hit or miss on cleanliness, the clientele and stations can be a little scruffy (though nothing I can't handle), and their on-time rate is usually good compared to Amtrak. The price is usually as cheap as you can get for long distance travel. Not ideal perhaps, but it'll do well enough.
AmTrak seems to be quite improved regarding their schedules in recent years. I live within sight and sound of the tracks and note at what time they pass. I recall putting up a video of a train ten years ago, where I added a comment that "AmTrak is early today, only two hours behind schedule". That doesn't seem to be the case any longer.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:30 AM
 
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Greyhound is pretty decent.
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:36 AM
 
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I usually use this time to explore the "somewhere" and try to find some decent food.
Easier said than done when the "somewhere" is in the middle of Utah with nothing around but a bus station. Or when you arrive at the "somewhere" at 9:30pm..

Like I said, "efficient" it was not.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:42 AM
 
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AmTrak seems to be quite improved regarding their schedules in recent years. I live within sight and sound of the tracks and note at what time they pass. I recall putting up a video of a train ten years ago, where I added a comment that "AmTrak is early today, only two hours behind schedule". That doesn't seem to be the case any longer.
That unfortunately hasn't been my experience, and I've ridden the train as recently as last year. The problem in my experience seems especially bad on trains running East-West in general and those that run for long distances in particular. Usually, the problem is interference from freight trains that share the tracks in many cases.

Much as I like the train (and yes, I do still use it sometimes), it just hasn't been very reliable in my experience over the years.
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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My friend is a Greyhound bus driver and he does it for the free Mcdonalds/Subway/etc food (freak) He loves driving long stretches of highway where he doesn't have to think. He likes being called in unexpectedly, he loves being the hero. He gets a lot of lifes purpose out of that, always bringing it up, knight in shining armor. Greyhound stops often for breaks so you can get food. You can run to the grocery store and buy something healthy. Megabus and Amtrak don't stop.

Did you man convenience store? Greyhound rarely ever has a stop in a dense area where there is a grocery store or supermarket. Their stops and pickups are in outpost type of places (rural or small towns or desolate downtown areas in large towns or urban areas). The food options are fastfood, mom & pop food vendor within Greyhound station selling their own version of over-priced fastfood, or over-priced convenience stores. Healthy options are almost non-existent. Even the fruit at the convenience stores are either already showing signs of going bad or extremely small/under-developed and flavorless. Yet, the fruit is $1 a piece or close to it.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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My friend is a Greyhound bus driver and he does it for the free Mcdonalds/Subway/etc food (freak) He loves driving long stretches of highway where he doesn't have to think. He likes being called in unexpectedly, he loves being the hero. He gets a lot of lifes purpose out of that, always bringing it up, knight in shining armor. Greyhound stops often for breaks so you can get food. You can run to the grocery store and buy something healthy. Megabus and Amtrak don't stop.
Megabus does has layovers, as does Amtrak.
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