A Saskatchewan company is looking to fill the gaps Greyhound will soon be leaving behind.
Rider Express has filed an application about a month ago to take over bus routes in Western Canada.
The owner of the company, Firat Uray, said they believe this service can be highly beneficial for many.
“There’s an opportunity that we can have success in Western Canada,” he noted. “And second thing, we’d like to give the people another option.”
Options are going to be something people out west are going to be thin on, after Greyhound announced in July they’re discontinuing service in the region. Only one route was spared, the company’s route between transferring between the metropolitan port cities of Vancouver and Seattle.
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Uray said Rider Express has already got an idea of routes they plan to run service on.
“Our first step will be Vancouver to Calgary, Calgary to Winnipeg,” he said. “If everything goes well, we’ll add Edmonton to Winnipeg.”
As it regards to their status of their application, Uray noted he expects to hear back on it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, one thing he does note is there’s been talks with another transportation service.
“We had discussions with one company in eastern Canada that we may be connecting with each other, a Maritime bus.”
Rider Express isn’t the first company to go public with their intentions to fill the service gaps. Shortly after the Greyhound announcement, an Ontario bus company stated their interest in filling the routes.