B.C. transportation authorities have approved an Edmonton shuttle company to run a commercial, inter-city bus service between Fort St. John and the Alberta border.
Cold Shot Bus Service, based in Edmonton, was approved for the route on April 3. The company has the financing, business plan, and background to operate, the board ruled.
"It would appear that Cold Shot has the experience, operational knowledge and financing in place to establish and maintain a reliable inter-city bus route in BC, as proposed," the board wrote in its decision.
The company will operate a 20-passenger shuttle bus five times a week.
The decision helps fill in the gap left by Greyhound, which ended its service in the region last spring and was replaced the provincially-operated BC Bus North program.
The company will be running its first bus on April 15.
In a news release, Cold Shot President Sunny Balwaria says the company has added a number of features to its services for riders in the Peace Country.
“We have a new cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John via Grande Prairie that will take passengers and freight to those points," Balwaria said.
“In addition, we’ve added a stop for Fort St. John passengers at Grande Prairie’s Queen Elizabeth II hospital, as well as a shuttle connection to the Edmonton International Airport that enables airline passengers from Fort St. John to go directly to that airport.”
Cold Shot has been in operation since 2006.
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