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BC Bus North sees upward climb in ridership

The new BC Bus North service is attracting riders, according to the provincial government. In its first month of service, BC Bus North had close to 300 trips booked, increasing to about 450 in July.
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A worker applies a decal to a BC Bus North coach. The service is seeing an uptick in use since it began in June.

The new BC Bus North service is attracting riders, according to the provincial government.

In its first month of service, BC Bus North had close to 300 trips booked, increasing to about 450 in July. As of early August, the upward trend continued, for a total of 900 trips booked in just a little over two months.

The service, which provides coach-style transportation along highways 16 and 97 north, began June 4 just as Greyhound ceased passenger service in northern B.C. The provincial government has put $2 million towards the service which is to operate for the year while a more permanent solution is found.

It offers twice-per-week service between Prince Rupert and Prince George, Prince George and Valemount, and Prince George and Dawson Creek/Fort St. John. Additionally, BC Bus North provides one round-trip per week from Dawson Creek/Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.

One-way fares are either $35 or $45 per route, depending on how far people are travelling.

BC Transit and its contracted operator, Pacific Western Transportation, are delivering the service that operates using four highway coaches equipped with seating suitable for long-distance travel, luggage and washroom facilities.

Customers can purchase tickets using credit card or debit by calling 1 844 564-7494 daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by visiting: www.BCBus.ca (http://www.bcbus.ca/)