Changes coming to bus service

In about a month from now, bus riders from Salmon Arm will no longer be taking a 7:30 a.m. bus to Vancouver.

In about a month from now, bus riders from Salmon Arm will no longer be taking a 7:30 a.m. bus to Vancouver.

Last week, the Passenger Transportation Board approved Greyhound’s proposal to reduce its scheduled routes.

Salmon Arm will be losing two scheduled routes, explains Grant Osden, regional manager of passenger services for B.C.

What’s being removed, he says, is the evening arrival from Kelowna that gets in at 9:05 p.m. The other one being dropped is the 7:30 a.m. bus that heads west via Kamloops to Vancouver.

“Two schedules – one westbound to Vancouver, one eastbound into Salmon Arm.”

Osden said the reduction will leave five daily schedules that end up in Vancouver and go through either Kelowna or Kamloops.

“It will be the same number coming back, as the schedule has to be even,” he added.

The reductions will mean no change to service in Sicamous, he said, while communities west of Salmon Arm such as Chase and Sorrento will see one reduction – the loss of the 7:30 a.m. bus from Salmon Arm that heads to Vancouver.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District wrote a letter opposing reductions when they were proposed.

Implementation of the change will take place about a month from now, Osden explained, noting that Greyhound must go through a notification period for passengers.