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With all the service cuts and other operators/states/provinces trying to make a go of bus service when Greyhound makes its decisions to exit I think this deserves its own thread.

 

A couple that just came up today:

Bustang (State of Colorado) is launching its service to Grand Junction, extending service that originally went from Denver to Glenwood Springs. In the coming weeks they will extend it again, this time to Durango. A route from Gunnison to Denver is also in the works and plans call for it to be extended to Montrose eventually. Next year the state wants to add Steamboat Springs and Craig to the  service. Their other routes include Lamar to Colorado Springs and also Lamar-Pueblo-Alamosa. About 15,000 riders a year are expected over the extended Grand Junction-Denver route. 

https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/bustang-service-to-grand-junction-begins-today/article_6224fb80-7b5b-11e8-a081-10604b9f7e7c.html

Meanwhile in Alberta, the County of Grande Prairie has been given a $640,000 grant by the province for a bus service to connect Sexsmith, Clairmont, Wembley, Beaverlodge and Hythe with the City of Grande Prairie Transit System. By the sounds of it they’ll be buying 1 bus for the service. The Municipal District of Spirit River also got $200,000 from the same fund to increase its Family and Community Support Service van frequency from once a month to three times a week between Spirit River, Rycroft and Grande Prairie.

https://www.mygrandeprairienow.com/41031/regional-bus-service-gets-provincial-funding/

Additionally $450,000 was allocated by Alberta for a once daily round trip service from Camrose to Edmonton.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/province-funds-free-shuttle-bus-to-camrose-other-rural-transport-services

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This has been going on in the States ever since deregulation, years ago.   There are taxpayer supported county rural bus and van services all over, trying to fill the vacuum created when the major bus lines abandoned their branch lines and local routes.   During the regulated era, mainline carrier's were protected from competition on many routes, and were expected to cross-subsidize their own money-losing local routes from their profits on the lucrative ones.    

 

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Cold Shot a company based in Edmonton that does a lot of work for Greyhound is expected to announce soon that it will be Starting several passenger routes out of Edmonton as well as a fairly extensive Express network throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan and possibly some into BC. Confirmed is Grande Prairie Lv around 8 am to Edmonton and return to Grande Prairie around 1-2 pm.

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Silver City Stage Lines has applied to BC passenger Transportation board to operate a new route from Nelson to Kelowna via Castlegar and Trail with 3 round trips per week. Not a surprise but I would not of thought they would of been 1st to apply for life after Greyhound, But Im sure we'll c more!!   Wilson's also applied for Engaged carrier authorization...!!

On ‎6‎/‎30‎/‎2018 at 12:27 AM, ns8401 said:

 

With all the service cuts and other operators/states/provinces trying to make a go of bus service when Greyhound makes its decisions to exit I think this deserves its own thread.

 

A couple that just came up today:

Bustang (State of Colorado) is launching its service to Grand Junction, extending service that originally went from Denver to Glenwood Springs. In the coming weeks they will extend it again, this time to Durango. A route from Gunnison to Denver is also in the works and plans call for it to be extended to Montrose eventually. Next year the state wants to add Steamboat Springs and Craig to the  service. Their other routes include Lamar to Colorado Springs and also Lamar-Pueblo-Alamosa. About 15,000 riders a year are expected over the extended Grand Junction-Denver route. 

https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/bustang-service-to-grand-junction-begins-today/article_6224fb80-7b5b-11e8-a081-10604b9f7e7c.html

Meanwhile in Alberta, the County of Grande Prairie has been given a $640,000 grant by the province for a bus service to connect Sexsmith, Clairmont, Wembley, Beaverlodge and Hythe with the City of Grande Prairie Transit System. By the sounds of it they’ll be buying 1 bus for the service. The Municipal District of Spirit River also got $200,000 from the same fund to increase its Family and Community Support Service van frequency from once a month to three times a week between Spirit River, Rycroft and Grande Prairie.

https://www.mygrandeprairienow.com/41031/regional-bus-service-gets-provincial-funding/

Additionally $450,000 was allocated by Alberta for a once daily round trip service from Camrose to Edmonton.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/province-funds-free-shuttle-bus-to-camrose-other-rural-transport-services

Since Cold Shot Bus and Courier already does service between Edmonton and Camrose for passengers and freight Im not sure why the province would fund a service that is already being provided once a day/ 5 days a week.

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7 hours ago, roeco said:

Silver City Stage Lines has applied to BC passenger Transportation board to operate a new route from Nelson to Kelowna via Castlegar and Trail with 3 round trips per week. Not a surprise but I would not of thought they would of been 1st to apply for life after Greyhound, But Im sure we'll c more!!   Wilson's also applied for Engaged carrier authorization...!!

Silver City Stage Lines makes a lot of sense. They already run the connecting service between Castlegar and Trail (albeit with a Sprinter), so makes sense that they would be in a position to take over service along the larger line.

That Kelowna-Calgary via Cranbrook line is very much a local milk run line, and Greyhound only operates it once daily now anyway. So I wouldn't expect any big companies like Wilson's to be interested in taking it over. A local company based in the West Kootenays is best positioned IMO to operate such a service. And to my knowledge there aren't too many local coach companies in that area... so SCS is the best option.

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Yes and I would think Sun City would be smart to apply for a Cranbrook to Nelson service since they are related companies and to connect to each other would be pretty easy.

 

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Rider Express has announced that they will be starting service between Calgary and Winnipeg via Hwy 1 and Edmonton and Saskatoon via Hwy 16. With possible plans to expand to Vancouver. They have said they will operate 1 daily trip and on Hwy 1 Cal to Van two daily trips. They are also looking at obtaining existing Greyhound agents as much as possible.

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At least three companies are expressing interest in the Winnipeg to Thompson route... Kasper Transportation, a Thompson-based outfit called Thompson Bus Lines, and Winnipeg-based Maple Bus Lines.  So far I don't recall anyone publically expressing an interest in a Winnipeg to Flin Flon route (I suppose there is VIA's train service to The Pas).

Winnipeg to Saskatoon also appears to lack interested parties (besides VIA's "Canadian" of course).

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On ‎8‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 9:11 PM, DavidW said:

 (Read above)e companies are expressing interest in the Winnipeg to Thompson route... Kasper Transportation, a Thompson-based outfit called Thompson Bus Lines, and Winnipeg-based Maple Bus Lines.  So far I don't recall anyone publically expressing an interest in a Winnipeg to Flin Flon route (I suppose there is VIA's train service to The Pas).

Winnipeg to Saskatoon also appears to lack interested parties (besides VIA's "Canadian" of course).

Actually Rider Express is interested in Calgary-Regina-Winnipeg and Edmonton-Saskatoon-Winnipeg(Read Above) .  And Thompson Bus Lines from my reading is also looking at Thompson to Flin Flon.

 

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On ‎8‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 11:16 AM, ns8401 said:

BC Bus North is celebrating 900 trips booked since the service launched:

https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/82533/bc-bus-north-service-reaches-900-trips-booked-since-launch/

sweet

 

Cold Shot will start service soon  for  Lv Grande Prairie 7:30 AM Arr Edmonton 12:40 pm. Lv Edmonton 2:pm Arr Gp 7:10pm(Mon-Fri)

 

COLD SHOT  has Formally announced its intentions to Offer Passenger and Freight Service on the following routes; Edmonton to Grande Prairie, Calgary, Fort McMurray,Lloydminster and Jasper. Also the current routes they've operated for several years to Peace River,Cold Lake and Camrose. With freight service to several other communities in the North and throughout the rest of Alberta, plus Northern BC and more are being added all the time. All these locations plus most current Greyhound agencies(Soon to become Cold Shot agencies) in between will have service. As the network expands more locations will be added.  Maybe we'll see them work out an agreement with Rider Express to Interline passengers and Freight. All Services will be fully operational by Nov.1. 

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Rider Express Transportation of Regina has applied to BC Pasenger Transportation Board in Aug.29 bulletin to operate a Min 1 daily trip from Vancouver to Calgary via Kamloops and Salmon Arm. Their actual intentions I believe are to offer two daily trips, as well as one daily trip Calgary to Winnipeg via Regina.

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Red Arrow is starting up a couple of new things:

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Red Arrow is very excited to announce that we now have a Connector Service to the City of Camrose, AB. The Camrose Connector is a 20 seat shuttle equipped with comfortable seats, seat belts, washroom, wheelchair access*, and complimentary WiFi for your convenience.

https://redarrow.ca/camrose-connector

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Red Arrow is proud to announce that we’re expanding our network and launching a new route between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Alberta. There’s never been a more important time for increased mobility solutions within the province, and Red Arrow is committed to bridging that gap.

The service will launch on October 14, 2018 and will see the coach depart Edmonton in the morning, arriving in Grande Prairie in the afternoon and returning from Grande Prairie to Edmonton in the evening. This route will also serve the communities of Valleyview, Fox Creek, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe, and Spruce Grove.

https://info.redarrow.ca/grande-prairie-pr

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Their will be some pretty interesting competition on Edmonton to Grande Prairie,Calgary and Fort McMurray routes after Greyhound leaves.! 

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On ‎9‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 12:31 PM, A. Wong said:

Cold Shot Bus and Courier is also expanding on its experience as a major contractor in Edmonton with Greyhound to venture out on its own teaming up with many current Greyhound agents in  to continue passenger and freight services throughout Alberta using most current Greyhound agency locations along with New locations in some cities, In addition to freight only to High Level/Rainbow Lake, and Northern BC to Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Check out www.coldshot.ca for details. All Services Start November 1, Cold Shot is expected to expand its network beyond Alberta and Northern BC in the future also. A New Terminal for passengers and freight will be established in Edmonton also.

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