Saskatchewan company aims to fill Greyhound gap

By Charles Lefebvre
October 30, 2018 - 11:57am Updated: October 30, 2018 - 7:13pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — A Regina based transportation company is doing trial runs of an expansion aiming to fill the gap left by Greyhound.

Rider Express Transportation is currently testing routes between Winnipeg and Calgary, along with routes between Calgary and Vancouver.

According to The Canadian Press, they’re also aiming to expand the service into Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina later this week.

Greyhound is leaving Western Canada on Wednesday, citing a decline in ridership as the reason. Only one route, between Vancouver and Seattle, will remain.

Rider Express Transportation’s website lists Medicine Hat as one of the pick up stops on the route between Winnipeg and Calgary.

The route from Calgary to Medicine Hat would leave at 11:30 p.m., and arrive in Medicine Hat at 2:45 a.m., costing $75.

A stop in Medicine Hat on the route that departs from Winnipeg would cost $160. 

Pickup and drop off would take place at the Husky Station on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Firat Uray, owner of Rider Express, says people need to book ahead if they want to be picked up on the routes, and they're hoping their expansion will become a success.

"Greyhound is still up and running, that's why we don't have any bookings," he said. "We haven't done any service yet. We are hoping on November 1st to get some booking, then we can start the service."

Earlier this year, the provincial government announce a pilot project to support rural bus service between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.



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