NCN Thompson Bus began running shuttles for passengers and freight two times a week between Thompson and Lynn Lake in late September.
The bus leaves the Thompson depot at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday and the return leg from Lynn Lake is scheduled so that passengers travelling south from Lynn Lake, Black Sturgeon Falls, Leaf Rapids and Nelson House can arrive in time to catch the night bus from Thompson to Winnipeg.
NCN Thompson Bus says it accepts travel and medical warrant from residents of the communities the new route serves and that tickets can be booked via its website at www.thompsonbus.com or by calling the bus depot.
“Since the inception of our company we have been getting a lot of queries for passenger runs between Thompson, Nelson House, Leaf Rapids and Lynn Lake,” said NCN Thompson Bus chief operating officer Sid Varma. “The run has been planned in a way by which passengers can make trips all the way to Winnipeg and back.”
Lynn Lake hasn’t had regularly scheduled bus service to and from Thompson since Greyhound axed that route in 2012.
Lynn Lake Mayor Jim Shortt said the restoration of bus service was good news for the northwestern Manitoba community in a Facebook post.
“Let’s show our support and get our services to 7 days a week,” he wrote. “For now 2 days a week is a start.”
The new route adds to NCN Thompson Bus’s current services, which include buses every night between Thompson and Winnipeg and two buses per day during the week servicing Split Lake to Thompson. The company also hopes to soon revive its Thompson to Cross Lake route, which was shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCN Thompson Bus says it has made more than 3,400 trips and hosted over 78,000 passengers since it began operations in September 2018, following Greyhound Canada’s decision to shut down most of its routes in the country.
“NCN Thompson Bus and team would like to thank its clients, vendors and various charter groups for all the trust and support so far,” said Varma. “NCN Thompson Bus will keep on working to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective intercity highway transportation.”