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Long-haul bus service one step closer to making stops in Sicamous

Regional district throws support behind request, discusses additional Shuswap stops
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Sicamous is asking for a bus service to make stops in Sicamous years after Greyhound discontinued service in B.C. in 2018. (Rick Koch photo)

A letter supporting a bus service from Sicamous to surrounding cities has made another stop in the journey towards approval.

In early August, the district sent a letter to Pacific Western Transportation, asking for a scheduled stop along the Trans-Canada Highway for its residents to utilize.

Mayor and council cited concerns about the disconnect senior citizens can experience when trying to access health care without reliable transportation and requiring long trips to bring seasonal employees to Sicamous’ tourism-based economy.

Read more: Bus service could make stops in Sicamous, replacing Greyhound routes

The message has now been taken up by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board of directors. At the board’s Sept. 14 meeting, directors voiced unanimous support and directed staff to send an additional signed letter asking for the bus service from Pacific Western.

“A reliable transportation system will reduce carbon emissions, help alleviate congestion, increase fuel efficiency and further promote environmental sustainability in B.C.,” reads the CSRD’s letter.

“Residents of Sicamous and visitors exploring the Shuswap region will benefit from a dependable, affordable and safe method of travelling, while reducing emissions and minimizing their environmental footprint.”

Sicamous Mayor Colleen Anderson echoed the statement, adding a replacement hasn’t been in place since Greyhound departed in 2018.

Area C director Marty Gibbons said his constituents are also interested in a scheduled bus stop service in his region.

Board chair Kevin Flynn noted Salmon Arm has to go through BC Transit to get any route changes approved on bussing in the city but wasn’t sure of the protocol for long-haul buses. Gibbons stressed the letter was a good starting point.

“Thank you for the support,” said Anderson. “I think connectivity is really important.”

Read more: Shuswap shocked by Greyhound decision

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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