A new bus company trying to fill the void left by Greyhound’s departure last year from Western Canada is comparing itself to “a low-cost airline” in hopes of finding business in small Interior communities.
Adventure Charters expects to begin operations in the first week of May after being granted its licence from B.C.’s Transportation Safety Board.
Company operations manager Randy Gertzen said the service will run routes from Kamloops to Williams Lake and from Prince George to Surrey.
“Basically, it will be the same as Greyhound,” he told KTW, noting small stops served by the longtime carrier will be served by Adventure Charters.
“We’ll stop in all the usual places — Clinton, Boston Bar, — but if a person buys a ticket in 70 Mile or Hickson, we’ll stop there as well.”
Gertzen said he thinks Adventure Charters can thrive where Greyhound could not.
“We’re like a low-cost airline,” he said. “We don’t have the big depots, we don’t have the big staff, we don’t have the big buses. Our overhead is a lot less than what Greyhound was. We’re hoping we can do it. We’re hoping we can make it work.”
Gertzen said rates and schedules are being finalized.
• Meanwhile, another bus company with daily routes through Kamloops on the way to Vancouver, wants to expand by adding daily round-trip service between Kamloops and Kelowna and between Merritt and Kelowna.
But it also wants to cut down on the number of trips between the B.C./Alberta border and Vancouver.
Rider Express has applied to to the Passenger Transportation Board to add those routes, while also asking for permission to reduce its service from the B.C./Alberta border to Vancouver to once per week from the current daily run that stops in Kamloops.