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83 per cent of the province to be covered by bus service by year’s end

It seems there’s a real hodge podge of bus companies stepping up to offer service in our province once Greyhound pulls out Wednesday.

Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, says when Greyhound ends its bus service, 83 per cent of its routes will be covered by other private operators by year’s end.

As for the price to travel by bus in B.C., Trevena cites what happened on Vancouver Island when Greyhound pulled out.

“I look at what’s happened on the Island when Tofino Bus took over from Greyhound a number of years ago and their prices, I think, are somewhat cheaper than they were for Greyhound. This is something that isn’t regulated by the Transportation Safety Board, it will be left up to the individual operators.”

When Greyhound pulled completely out of Vancouver Island in April of 2018 Tofino Bus added numerous towns between Victoria and Nanaimo to its schedule, and are now servicing destinations like Mill Bay, Cowichan, Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and the Nanaimo Airport at Cassidy.

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Trevena says the province and the Passenger Transportation Board will continue to look for ways to fill the gaps left by Greyhound.

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