B.C. rural bus service extended as feds commit to funding

The province is extending its BC Bus North service until the end of September as it hammers out a funding deal with the federal government.

The service was supposed to end in May as an interim replacement for Greyhound, which ended its operations in Western Canada last summer.

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Ottawa said this week it will pay half the cost for BC Bus North, which the province began last year at an expense of $2 million to offer connections between Prince Rupert, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Valemount.

"Intercity bus services are important for the people of British Columbia and for Canadians across the country, particularly for those in Indigenous, rural and remote communities where other transportation options do not exist," federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.

"We are working to find solutions and are encouraged by B.C.'s interest to collaborate on this issue."

The province is currently evaluating expressions of interest from several companies bidding on servicing routes, according to provincial Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.

Earlier this month, Edmonton-based shuttle company Cold Shot Bus Service expanded to run an inter-city bus service between Fort St. John and Grande Prairie after being approved by the transporation board.

— with files from Canadian Press

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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