STC buses are no longer rolling along Saskatchewan highways and depots were empty for the first time in years this last weekend.
Last Wednesday, STC came to the end of the road after 71 years on provincial highways.
By the end of March, 2018 STC is expected to be completely dissolved.
But Candace Caswell, the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Communications with STC says there are still some loose ends as to how the entire provincial bus service will be wound down.
“We’ll be working on it over the next couple of months,” said Caswell. “We don’t have a set end-date. The plans are still being developed right now. There will be a number of people that will be on for a while yet.”
Caswell says the assets owned by STC is now in the hands of an auditor.
“The liquidation of the assets is being overseen by KPMG,” said Caswell. “They have the project to manage the process. They are making determinations as the assets are no longer needed. They will be looking at the steps for selling each piece.”
She says bus depots in centres like Saskatoon and Regina will remain open for the time-being.
“Right now, we are finishing up our contract with Greyhound Canada,” said Caswell. “We are a Greyhound Canada agency. Our contracts with Greyhound will be done at the end of September. So at that point, they are operating as Greyhound terminals. After that, they will be put up for sale.”
A spokesperson with Greyhound in Texas says Greyhound Canada will continue to operate along the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highways within Saskatchewan.
“We are currently evaluating, not only our operations, but the 174 communities that STC served,” said Lanesha Gipson, Senior Communications Specialist with Greyhound Lines, Inc.
“However, at this time we have no immediate plans to pick up any additional routes.”
In the meantime, companies wanting to step in where the Saskatchewan Transportation Company left off are finding out how tiring and unfriendly the process has become.
At least 11 groups have applied to take over STC’s previous routes, but there are too many roadblocks say the owners.
One service, Carpe Diem of Regina, simply gave up last week.
Members of the group Save Our STC and lawyers for the Amalgamated Transit Union are listed as opponents to applications already made by private companies.
Carpe Diem and several other companies received letters from lawyers stating opposition to their applications.
The company’s hearing was originally set for Monday with the Highway Traffic Board now has been postponed – indefinitely.
Other hearings are expected to begin in court Tuesday, June 6th.