KCTI Travels says they’re filling a space that Greyhound left behind but won’t make the same business choices. The company which normally handles freight also accepts passengers in a 15 seat van from Saskatoon to Edmonton.
Company director Charanjit Kular says they’re getting a very good response from the areas they’re currently covering. He says after studying the market that KCTI Travels will cover the area more responsibly.
“Greyhound used to have a bus, but from Saskatoon there was hardly ten or twelve passengers that boarded the bus,” says Kular. “Sometimes eight, sometimes seven or four.”
Kular adds that those passenger numbers accumulated from the bus lines coming from Manitoba and Ontario. He says the reason Greyhound shut down operations was due to high costs and low passenger volumes.
“We could have bought a bigger coach as well, but we didn’t do that, or else we’d make the same mistake,” says Kular.
KCTI Travels moved into passenger transportation on November 19. They’re hoping to be a sustainable passenger option for travellers in Saskatchewan, with the possibility of expanding their routes.
“We’d like to win the client’s confidence first, and then after that, we’ll expand from Saskatoon to Regina,” says Kular. “Then we can run from Regina to Alberta.”
Currently, the company has stops in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Vermilion, Vegreville, Sherwood Park and Edmonton. Their stop in Lloydminster is at the Shell Gas Bar on 44 street and 43 avenue, and they run every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays.