The Courtenay bus depot will no longer operate as of Oct. 31. Black Press photo

Courtenay bus depot set to close in October

Customers will have to pick up the bus curbside by the Driftwood Mall

It is an end of an era for ground transportation and freight customers in the Comox Valley, as the Courtenay bus depot is closing its doors at the end of October.

Vicki Wadsworth and her husband operate the depot at 9-2663 Kilpatrick Ave., and as of Oct. 31, bus customers will have to be picked up by the bus curbside, by the Driftwood Mall.

She said some of the challenges for customers once the depot closes is bad weather as they will primarily be outdoors waiting for the bus and that tickets will have to be purchased online.

Wadsworth noted once Greyhound stopped operating in Canada last October “it really died off and that’s when things went downhill.”

RELATED: Greyhound to end bus service in B.C., Alberta

The bus depot has been a staple within the Comox Valley community, and Wadsworth explained she recalled her relative running the location on 8th Street.

“People have told me prior to that, there was a bus depot on 5th Street. People still ride the bus, but the numbers have been going down every day. They want to streamline the costs, and we’re one of the victims.”

The depot’s ground package services – which was operated by Box by Bus, a division of the Tofino Bus – will stop its operation from the depot at the end of October as well.

Box by Bus filled the shipping gap last year for communities that were previously served by Greyhound Package Express.

Currently, the Vancouver Island Connector/Tofino Bus bus operates out of the depot. The IslandLink Bus operates from various pickup locations in the Valley.

As for the couple, Wadsworth said she and her husband are both looking at different careers once the depot closes. She added years of making connections with customers is helping her to explore different options in the Valley.



erin.haluschak@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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