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Lists of Things Tolerated and Not Tolerated by Greyhound and Major Bus Lines

Updated on February 18, 2015
A familiar sight-- Greyhound bus
A familiar sight-- Greyhound bus

Greyhound Lines
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  • Greyhound Lines, Inc., usually shortened to Greyhound, is an intercity bus common carrier serving over 3,800 destinations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Founded in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1914, and taking the name The Greyhound Corporation in 1929, the company has been based in Dallas, Texas since 1987. Currently, British transportation company FirstGroup owns and operates Greyhound as a division of FirstGroup America.[4]
  • Along with its flagship Greyhound brand, the company also jointly operates BoltBus, YO! Bus, and the NeOn bus service with other carriers.

Remember bus lines?

Are one of the privileged and blessed who rode a Greyhound or Trailways bus to your chosen location? I do admire you. I haven't had that adventure and I am now 61. I have lived a sheltered life.

When the Greyhound Bus Lines opened for business, as I've been told the story handed down from three generations it was like a ray of sunshine from Heaven to signify that good times were just around the corner. That meant money was to be made, jobs would be plentiful and life, as the Americans (back then) would return to the prosperous sense of normalcy as they once knew.

Here we go . . .

1976 Trailways coach
1976 Trailways coach

Talk about a successful venture

Let me simplify. If you had the money and right cut of clothes and the correct demeanor, you could ride with class on the Greyhound bus and any other bus companies such as Continental Trailways that would l open later to compete with Greyhound. Riding the bus was fun and economical if the family wanted to rest while going to their vacation destination. It was neat, clean, and orderly, the bus as a means of transportation. Greyhound was so successful the company had a very successful ad campaign that said, "Go Greyhound, and leave the driving to us." Not as much boast as it was fact.

This Greyhound driver loves his job
This Greyhound driver loves his job
Familiar sight
Familiar sight
1920's bus makes quite a scene
1920's bus makes quite a scene

Troublemakers and rebellious youth start trouble

But as life itself changes, so did the riders on Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines. Nothing changed that much about the bus companies, but the riders themselves. I suppose it was boredom or time on their hands, but the mostly-younger riders were rebellious and found that being on a bus was the perfect venue for them to "show the man," who was boss. Thus, stricter regulations for bus riders. Who could blame the drivers who had to endure these troublemakers? The poor driver had to drive the bus to make his living.

Just so you cannot say that no one warned you if you are contemplating taking a ride on the bus, there are these rules that you must adhere to if you do not want to be thrown-off the bus.

Here are

City bus
City bus
Crossley Eagle
Crossley Eagle
Greyhound driver
Greyhound driver
Another happy Greyhound driver
Another happy Greyhound driver
Greyhound bus ready for riders
Greyhound bus ready for riders
Double-decker buses are seen in London on a daily basis
Double-decker buses are seen in London on a daily basis
City bus fleet ready for action
City bus fleet ready for action
"Trains" as they called them in England
"Trains" as they called them in England
A happy Trailways driver
A happy Trailways driver
Newly-designed Greyhound bus
Newly-designed Greyhound bus
Vintage Trailways bus
Vintage Trailways bus

Lists of Things Tolerated and Not Tolerated by Greyhound and Major Bus Lines

(Things that the bus lines will tolerate):

  • Quietness among bus customers -- no quarreling, yakking too loud, or yellng at other customers and the bus driver. Note: if you do something to endanger the well-being of the bus driver, you will be put off of the bus.
  • Mild and respectful behavior -- is urged among bus customers. Everyone loves a quiet ride.
  • No loud music from radios or other sound advices -- that will distract the driver and disturb other customers.
  • Reading quietely -- is a perfect way to enjoy your bus ride.
  • Taking a good nap -- is also a perfect outlet to enjoy your ride if) it is a long journey.
  • Being respectful -- to the bus driver and other customers is a great way to show other customers that you are by no means, a troublemaker.

(Things that the bus lines will NOT tolerate):

  • Throwing objects, baseballs, shoes, pencils, rocks in your pockets, are against the rules for bus lines.
  • Loud, vulgar talk or arguing is highly-discouraged for such verbal noise disturbs both the driver and other customers who are enjoying their excursions.
  • Suggestive clothing worn by women will not be tolerated for it disrespects the other customers and could cause a fracas among customers.
  • Bringing untrained animals such as biting dogs will keep you from riding the bus.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol before boarding the bus is a definite way to not get a ride on the bus. No one wants to deal with a perso who is passed-out in the aisle of the bus.
  • Firearms of any type will not be condoned. Did you really think you could bring your Colt .45 onto the bus hidden underneath your coat and shoot at birds from your window?

(Easy ways for you to help make your journey more pleasant):

  • If you have a snack food, why not share with other customers, even the bus driver? The driver might love a taste of your "Aunt Betty's" German fruitcake.
  • Smiling and gently showing everyone a humble greeting helps to give the bus a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Extending elderly people and pregnant women courtesies will make you feel good and you will be helping someone else in the process.
  • If a quarrel starts between other riders, stay clear of it. A quarrel is like a small grass fire with gasoline thrown on it, but if left alone it will burn itself out.
  • If an elderly person or pregnant woman wants to get off at their stop, offer your help to them to get out of their seat or other courtesies. Sure this looks silly in 2015, but it will be appreciated.
  • If a customer wants to talk, let them talk. Remember that the best part of a conversation is not talking, but listening.

Have safe journey and I would like some of your "Aunt Betty's" German fruitcake when you depart from the bus.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I would hope that no one do these ignorant things on a bus, plane or taxicab. I think we are a civilized society.

      Have a peaceful night.

    • vkwok profile image

      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      As a bus rider, this hub could come in handy.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, favored,

      And I thank you also for taking time to read and comment on this "vintage" topic.

      I wish you a warm and safe night. Come back anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear carrie Lee Night,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment.

      You are so right. Mind one's own biznezz and we will be okay.

      Stay warm and have a good night.

      Come back anytime.

    • carrie Lee Night profile image

      Carrie Lee Night 

      3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great tips :) Just be a good human being and you'll be fine. Useful hub :)

    • favored profile image

      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      Good things to remember and avoid. Haven't ridden on a bus like this since I was a teenager. Things haven't changed, right? LOL


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