As one company prepares to ride off into the distance, another prepares to fill it’s spot.
Greyhound Canada announced recently plans to terminate service along all of their Western Canada routes, save for one in British Columbia.
CEO of Kasper Transportation, Kasper Wabinski, wasn’t surprised by the announcement.
“We didn’t really want to compete with Greyhound on routes that they were already servicing,” he said. “But when the time came that they wanted to get out, it was the perfect time for us to get in.”
By October 31st, Kasper Transportation is planning to connect their home base of Thunder Bay with Winnipeg. From the Manitoba capital, there’ll be connections to Regina and Prince Albert. Wabinski also said he hopes to have routes established through Brandon, Thompson as well.
For Wabinski, not only is this an opportunity to grow his business and break into a new market, it’s a chance for to re-invent the bus industry.
“I think Greyhound has been such a powerhouse for so long that whenever you think bus, you think Greyhound,” he said. “But that’s not necessarily the case. When you go to Europe, there’s many different successful bus companies operating.