Good ridership numbers for BC Bus North service

The new BC Bus North service is showing positive ridership response, according to the government, with approximately 900 trips booked since its launch.

The long-haul bus service began on June 4, in response to Greyhound’s decision to eliminate service on routes in northern B.C.

In its first month of service, BC Bus North had close to 300 trips booked, increasing to approximately 450 in July. As of early August, the upward ridership trend continued, for a total number of 900 trips booked in just a little over two months.

BC Bus North ensures people in the North have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation. This is an interim service as the province works to find a long-term solution for the North, and, following Greyhound’s decision to end service in all of western Canada, the entire province.

Northern B.C. has unique transportation challenges due to its remote geography and vast distances between communities. BC Bus North offers twice-per-week service between Prince Rupert and Prince George, Prince George and Valemount, and Prince George and Dawson Creek/Fort St. John. Additionally, BC Bus North provides one round-trip per week from Dawson Creek/Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.

The service was designed with affordability in mind, with one-way fares being either $35 or $45 per route, depending on how far people are travelling.

BC Transit and its contracted operator, Pacific Western Transportation, are delivering the service that operates using four highway coaches equipped with comfortable seating suitable for long-distance travel, luggage and washroom facilities.

Customers can purchase tickets using credit card or debit by calling 1 844 564-7494 daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by visiting: www.BCBus.ca (http://www.bcbus.ca/)