Greyhound bus service returns to Bancroft 0
Transportation in and out of Bancroft has just become a lot easier. Greyhound Canada is providing service to the town for people who are wishing to use the bus to access a number of places between Pembroke to Toronto. The service started on July 30.
Terry Dillon of the Internet Café in Bancroft has been working for four years to bring the bus service back to the town. At one time, Greyhound did pick-ups from areas like Paudash and Rose's Place in Bancroft, then service halted due to the lack of money that was coming into that service says Dillon.
"Greyhound told me they cancelled the service originally because it was not popular in the area," says Dillon. "But, it became really evident that the town was suffering without it."
Dillon had a lot of people who would enter his shop and ask about where the service was being provided and became tired of giving them a negative answer. That is when he decided to take matters into his own hands.
He began contacting Greyhound and began negotiations with the company to bring the bus service back to Bancroft and offered his storefront as the central location for the bus. Dillon said that the more he dove into the negotiations, the more necessary the service became for the area.
"People found out I was doing this and were very supportive of my actions," says Dillon.
It was his persistence that convinced Greyhound that the service needed to come back to Bancroft, and once the Town of Bancroft approved the space for the bus on the streets; it was ready to come back to the area. Greyhound will not only be providing transit service throughout parts of central Ontario, but also brings a new courier system.
"It is very efficient and the cost of the service is affordable," says Dillon.
One word describes the feelings that Dillon holds about the service finally coming to Bancroft once again, exhausting.
"There has been a lot of work done to bring this back to the area and things have come together well," says Dillon.
Despite the energy drained as a result of the hard work put into the system by Dillon, he knows that the benefits will be astronomical.
"By having an increased access to the area for many people, I think there will be a boom in the region," he says.
The Pembroke-Peterborough-Toronto service and the Toronto-Peterborough-Pembroke stop in Bancroft on Mon. Wed. Sun. and holidays. For ticket information phone 1-800-661-TRIP or visit www.greyhound.ca.