Greyhound shuts down; Cold Shot steps in to fill the void

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Greyhound Canada ceased to exist in Canada after shutting down its lines on October 31.

Cold Shot president Sunny Balwaria says they are currently clearing up their last regulatory hurdles and by mid-November Cold Shot Bus Services will have eight routes providing full passenger service to and from Northern Alberta.

Cold Shot is an Alberta owned transport company operating since 2005, with 25 direct employees, 40 drivers and 40 depot agents, all working together to serve Northern Alberta, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, says Balwaria.

“We have four existing routes and we will be combining them with four routes from Greyhound that we have already operated for them since 2015.”

Balwaria states people living in Northern Alberta will not have to worry about reduced bus services.

In fact, both passenger and freight customers will see a 15 to 20 per cent reduction in ticket and freight charges.

He adds their rate- lowering strategy includes using 20 comfort customized passenger shuttle buses, rather than expensive coaches.

“By using smaller buses we will be able to pass on our savings to our customers.”

Balwaria says Cold Shot will be offering frequent passengers a free ticket on their 6th ride. He adds Cold Shot fares will be the lowest on the market and freight rates will be if not the lowest extremely competitive.

Balwaria says they will also be providing interline services into Saskatchewan and British Columbia, leaving from Jasper and Loydminister Alta.

Cold Shot will also have a user-friendly online ticket system, making it easier for passengers to plan and purchase tickets.

Balwaria also stresses service is a key component and that Cold Shot will make sure they have real people available to provide service to customers, rather than automated interfaces.

For more information visit coldshot.ca and for freight visit coldshotca.com.

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