When the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation shuts down at the end of May, rural residents are concerned bus routes they depend on will disappear for good.
Many use the bus service to reach critical health appointments in cities like Regina and Saskatoon.
However the province is confident those routes will be picked up by private companies.
Joe Hargrave Minister Responsible said they have already seen some interest.
“There was a company that phoned our office asking what the procedure would be, (to take over a route) and we referred them to the Highway Traffic Board,” Hargrave told reporters on Thursday.
Hargrave added that Saskatchewan is the only province currently operating a province wide bus service like STC.
“We’re optimistic there will be other services provided by private entrepreneurs or a non-profit organization, right now we have numerous private contractors in the north that service through La Loche, from La Ronge, and down to Shellbrook, Prince Albert, and to Saskatoon, so I’m thinking a lot of those entrepreneurs will continue that,” Hargrave said.
When STC shuts down at the end of May 234 employees will be laid off.
The provincial NDP said the decision to end STC is a disappointing one.
Interim NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon said STC has been a life line for many.