While a transportation solution is still being established to compensate for Greyhound’s withdrawal from the province, a provisional service that was scheduled to end this month has been approved to carry on.
The B.C. government announced today (April 24) that provincial and federal transportation ministers have made a joint commitment to continue B.C. Bus North, an interim bus service created due to Greyhound eliminating northern bus routes in the province.
The interim service, operated by B.C. transit through service operator Pacific Western Transportation, was launched in June 2018 and was set to expire on May 30.
However, the service has been extended to continue on until September.
The service consists of four 44-seat highway coaches on four routes between Prince George, Prince Rupert, Valemount, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, and Dawson Creek.
Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said that they are continuing to search for solutions and further details about transit service in these regions are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
Greyhound had announced in September 2017 that it was discontinuing service on six routes in northern B.C., two routes on Vancouver Island, and one route in the Lower Mainland. After the elimination of the routes became effective on May 31, 2018, the B.C. government launched B.C. Bus North in June 2018.
Greyhound withdrew all bus service from Western Canada, including 10 remaining routes in B.C., by October 31, 2018.