The announcement came just in time, as Greyhound will cease their operations in Northern BC as of June 1st, 2018.
“People in the North rely on transportation for their livelihoods, to access the health and education services they need, and to visit family and friends,” said BC Premier John Horgan. “In the face of Greyhound’s decision, our job is to make sure northern communities and the people who live there are able to stay connected through safe, reliable and affordable public transportation.”
BC Bus North’s service will include two round-trips per week, between Prince Rupert and Prince George, Prince George and Valemount, and Prince George to Dawson Creek/Fort St. John.
Additionally, BC Bus North will offer one round-trip per week from Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek/Fort St. John.
Depending on how far people are traveling, BC Bus North’s service will cost anywhere from $35-$45 per route.
“BC Bus North will help make sure that people in the North, especially those in rural and remote communities, don’t feel stranded and isolated,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Once the service is up and running, we’re going to take the next step by working with northern communities to find a long-term solution that delivers a sustainable, affordable solution for these communities.”
The Province will fund BC Bus North for 12 months. During this time, the government of BC will work with local leaders to evaluate the demand for this new service and develop a long-term transportation solution that works for people in Northern BC.
BC Bus North will begin operations on Monday, June 4th, 2018.
More on BC Bus North can be found here.