Province seeks to fill remaining gaps left by Greyhound

Routes along Highway 1 from Revelstoke not included in government’s request for expressions of interest.

The BC Ministry of Transportation is seeking to fill gaps in public intercity ground transportation options left byGreyhound Canada's departure from Western Canada. Photo: Frank Deanrdo/Flickr

The BC government is seeking to expressions of interest to help fill gaps in intercity transportation abandoned after Greyhound Canada’s departure.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced today that it is requesting expressions of interest from parties interested in providing bus transportation along eight routes that remain unfilled since Greyhound’s Oct. 31, 2018 departure.

Routes along Highway 1 from Revelstoke towards Vancouver and from Revelstoke to the Alberta border are not included on the list of routes the ministry is currently looking to fill. Currently transportation options for Revelstoke are limited with local company Everything Revelstoke providing transportation options for those looking to get to the Kelowna Airport and new transportation company Rider Express providing transportation to either Vancouver or Calgary.

The routes that the ministry is currently seeking expressions of interest for are :

* Cache Creek to Kamloops on Highway 1

* Kamloops to Valemount on Highway 5

* Valemount to B.C.-Alberta border on highways 5 and 16

* Dawson Creek to B.C.-Alberta border on Highway 2

* Salmo to Creston on highways 3 and 6

* Cranbrook to the B.C.-Alberta border on Highway 3

* Fort Nelson to the B.C.-Yukon border on Highway 7

* Hope to Princeton on Highway 3

The Ministry of Transportation said in a statement that it has been fast-tracking applications from private companies interested in providing service on abandoned routes, resulting in 83 % coverage.

According to the statement, the ministry remains a part of continued discussions with the federal government and other provinces and territories as part of an interprovincial working group to find a long-term viable solution to ensure people in B.C. have access to safe and reliable ground transportation.