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Brandon Bus Lines could add to service after Greyhound announcement

11.07.2018 13:12
By: Matthew Higgs

Greyhound Canada ending service in Manitoba on October 31


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - A local bus line is doing a little bit of homework before deciding to add more runs, just days after Greyhound Canada announced they would essentially be shutting down service in Western Canada.

The Greyhound company will only have one run in Western Canada after October 31, saying the main reason was a drop in ridership numbers since 2010.

A number of bus lines across the Western part of the country have announced plans to step up and fill the void that will be left by Greyhound at the end of October.

But Brandon Bus Lines General Manager Gordon Hrechka says he hopes those companies will be doing their homework before they fully commit.

"There are a lot of extra costs that you need to consider before you start a new run," said Hrechka. "You got to rent buildings for depots and that adds to the expenses."

Brandon Bus Lines in the past has offered a Brandon to Winnipeg run, but Hrechka said that didn't make any money.

"We added it after Greyhound shut down that run," said Hrechka. "But I almost lost my shirt with that one after thirty days."

Hrechka says they will look into the pros and cons of adding the same run again, maybe even stopping at Carberry and Portage la Prairie along the way.

"There are a lot of costs that go with it though, so it will be something to think about." said Hrechka.

Another problem that the Bus Lines could run into is the recent announcement that the provincial government would not be subsidizing any companies hoping to fill the void.

"If Greyhound isn't making any money, then it will be hard for other bus lines to do the same." said Hrechka.