President and CEO Abu Ramil, says Snow Travels will focus on safety, luxury and affordability. (Photo contributed)

New bus service to stop in Gasoline Alley

Snow Travels Inc. buses to launch July 23

A new bus service will soon connect Red Deer-area travellers to Edmonton and Calgary.

Snow Travels Inc., based in Calgary, will be hitting Alberta highways starting July 23.

Inaugural routes will include runs between Calgary and Edmonton, with a stop at 7-Eleven in Gasoline Alley, located at 45 Gasoline Alley E.

“We are covering extensively the route between Calgary and Edmonton and we believe Red Deer is one of the important cities to cover, where we can provide affordable bus service,” said Abu Ramil, Snow Travels president and CEO.

Passengers will be able to access the washroom at the 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store, and they can wait for their bus inside the business.

“As we grow, we also may include an extra stop in Red Deer to make sure we cover the whole city and people can get on our bus in the most convenient manner.”

Other routes will run between Calgary and Lethbridge, with stops in Okotoks, High River and Nanton; between Calgary and Drumheller; and between Calgary and Canmore, with a stop in Cochrane.

Snow Travels will start with three new buses, with a maximum seating capacity of 24 people each. Due to COVID-19, buses will run at 50 per cent capacity and seating will only be allowed in window and aisle seats to ensure social distancing.

Only those from the same household may sit together.

Ramil said pre-booking seats, at no cost, will also eliminate lineups and reduce contact.

“We are following all the medical best practices.”

Related:

‘Sanitized’ transit buses will continue to run, despite Red Deer’s state of emergency, say city officials

Many Red Deer-area businesses will miss Greyhound courier service

He said Snow Travels will provide another option for people looking to travel around Alberta.

“Alberta has endured some turbulent economic times as of late, and we felt that a bus passenger service that was both budget friendly and comfortable was missing from the market.”

Every trip will feature amenities such as WiFi, bottled water, recliner seats, reading lights and overhead storage.

He said as proud Albertans for the past decade, he and his cousin, Vebhav Datt Sanjiv Coomar, who is director of operations, started Snow Travels to reflect Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

The company plans to expand throughout the province, and then into Manitoba and British Columbia by 2022.

“Once we get momentum, and have the market share that we’re expecting, we are planning to have bigger buses some time next year,” Ramil said.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BusinessGreyhound

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

College expects lower enrolment but president remains optimistic

International travel restrictions will have big impact on foreign students

Alberta’s active COVID-19 cases continue to trend downwards

85 new cases Tuesday, active cases sit at 1,004

Overwhelming majority of Red Deer students could be back in classrooms this fall

Preliminary survey results show 94 per cent parental support

Some Red Deer County residents oppose a gravel pit proposed for a flood-prone area

Howell’s Excavation co-owner says the proposal meets or exceeds standards

Workers at Regina linen company contract COVID-19 but facility safe: officials

REGINA — Health officials say 18 employees at a linen facility in… Continue reading

Alberta reports 257 new cases of COVID-19

The Alberta government reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest… Continue reading

Cast your votes for Best of Red Deer

The Advocate’s Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are back. Community… Continue reading

Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez notches upset in first round of Top Seed Open

Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez notches upset in first round of Top Seed Open

Healthy ace Scherzer pitches Nats past Mets 2-1 for 1st win

Healthy ace Scherzer pitches Nats past Mets 2-1 for 1st win

Portland beats Orlando 2-1 to claim MLS is Back championship

Portland beats Orlando 2-1 to claim MLS is Back championship

First-round back-to-backs favour NHL teams with 2 top goalies

First-round back-to-backs favour NHL teams with 2 top goalies

NHL pushes game back a day after 4 overtimes in playoff opener

NHL pushes game back a day after 4 overtimes in playoff opener

Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Shaw, Blue Jays beat Marlins 5-4 in MLB’s return to Buffalo

Shaw, Blue Jays beat Marlins 5-4 in MLB’s return to Buffalo

Most Read