Coach USA is training staff to run the routes. They take over Saturday.
The huge charter bus is a little overkill, though. However, with many companies running super-duty due to the strike, they go with what they have. I believe we are to recieve the busses that usually run on the Gray Line (the decorated ones, if you know what I'm talking about)
i dont think Coach USA is taking over. If you ask the Bus Driver, they said that the company taking over would be "Empire Enterprise"
I was shocked to see the Coach USA bus there.
OCTA has nothing to do with these privately owned companies.
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Empire is the company running the show now. Some, if not all, of the old busses will be around for a while. According to one of the drivers, who also works full-time at Disneyland, Empire wanted to come in with diesel busses but Disney wants CNG busses. Until Empire is able to provide the CNG busses we will see a mix. I've been on the Empire busses twice now and,although they are not brand new, they are in better shape than the old ones. At least the air-conditioning was working on both. This morning the driver was one of the Super Shuttle drivers...he now works for Empire (several of the old drivers will stay on with the new company). He had what appeared to be a manager from Empire riding along and he was giving the manager a run down of how things are done. Hopefully the transition won't be too painful and we'll eventually get some new busses. For the time being, they seem to be trying their best.
My cm friend told me today that acc to one of the "old" drivers, the new company wanted to give them a pay decrease and only 3 vacation days a yr. If this is true, that is rediculous! My friend does not know if it is fact or not. Does anyone know?
I talked to one of the old drivers last night, he works at Disneyland full time. He chose not to apply to the new company but he said he thought they payed a little bit more. In any case it was a choice for the drivers. They could apply, or not....it wasn't a matter of taking a pay cut. They could also have stayed at Super Shuttle and taken another assignment. In any case, I've seen at least four of the old drivers driving for the new company. According to one of them, they have been hired for 90 days at which time it will be decided if they will be kept on but that just sounds like a typical probationary period.
Haha, I'll miss some of the old faces, as scary as they may have been when it came to actually driving a bus.
According to Julie, she almost had to get a lawyer because she got hired to stay on, but they told her she was going to make $1 less than the men, purely because she was a woman. Sounds like were in for some fun with the new company!
"Remember 'Old Yeller'? We shot the dog." - Roy E. Disney
How many remember the beginning days of the shuttle- sometimes they were using a large coach busses. I remember a driver who had some sort of obsession with the movie Hannibal and would recite lines from the movie during the drive back to K-Lot. Shortly after Super Shuttle got their new vehicles (the one's used to this day). This was between 1998-1999 until the entire fleet was converted over.