Greyhound moving operations to Departure Bay

NANAIMO – Greyhound bus passengers in Nanaimo will soon catch the bus near B.C. Ferries.

Greyhound bus passengers in Nanaimo will soon embark and disembark near B.C. ferries.

The coach bus operator announced that it will move from its current Terminal Avenue location behind the Howard Johnson Hotel to Departure Bay terminal.

Ryan LaFontaine, a spokesman for Greyhound Lines Inc., said the Terminal Avenue station has served Greyhound well for many years but the move to the ferry terminal will be more convenient. It will share the location with inter-line partner Tofino Bus.

“Our customers have been extremely supportive of this move, because the new location is in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, and provides an opportunity to connect Greyhound directly with the B.C. Ferries,” LaFontaine said.

With the terminal recently upgraded and designed to specifically serve travellers, the partnership with B.C. Ferries service will improve Greyhound’s Nanaimo service, LaFontaine said.

B.C. Ferries shared Greyhound’s sentiments.

“As Greyhound already services the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route, we believe this move will be very convenient for our customers waiting to take a Greyhound bus to another destination,” said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall in an e-mail.

No official opening date was provided but both Marshall and LaFontaine estimated it would likely be sometime in October.