Canada’s oldest bus line is closing in Manitoba

Adonis and all 123 other Fleet of Greyhound buses are now for sale in the Manitoba-Ontario border region.

The Eastern regional headquarters and office from Winnipeg lost its funding on November 1, having operated for the past 50 years.

“We’re trying to figure out what we can do,” Charles Moskaluk with Fleet of Greyhound said.

“We don’t have a lot of money, but we have very experienced people and I’m hoping that we can pick up some fares and get some businesses from this.”

Fleet of Greyhound also provides a nightly supper bus that runs from Winnipeg to Ottawa. Mr. Moskaluk said there is talk about taking the supper bus and running it in wintertime to take the place of the Greyhound service.

“We could try it on that, or we could do maybe a radio deal with Hamilton for the Greyhound licence in wintertime,” Mr. Moskaluk said.

“But the service is just not there any more.”

Fleet of Greyhound was founded in 1952 by four Winnipeg businessmen who formed a partnership to launch the Greyhound bus line in Winnipeg. The name was eventually changed to the modern-day Fleet of Greyhound on 15 January 1968.

Fleet of Greyhound buses served all of British Columbia until the Canadian National Railways Rail Company acquired the operation in April 1970. Fleet of Greyhound buses then operated in Alberta and British Columbia.

Mr. Moskaluk said the operational funds that Fleet of Greyhound had been receiving for years were going to the Canadian National Railways Railroad Company, which is moving to a private operator.

The board of directors of the Canadian Greyhound Bus Company voted on 6 December 1990 to withdraw all Fleet of Greyhound buses from inter-provincial service following the failure of discussions with the Canadian National Railway Company to enter into a commercial contract.

The regional office and local buses made a stop at Lake Street in Tewksbury, NL, at the age of 91, Monday and will be moved to Victoria as soon as possible.

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