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Ontario Northland makes inroads into the northwest

Crown transportation agency to launch motor coach service to Thunder Bay
Bus at Lakehead

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) is extending bus service to Thunder Bay, starting in April.

The North Bay-headquartered Crown transportation agency made a joint announcement with Energy, Northern Development and Mines Minister Greg Rickford in Thunder Bay, Feb.12.

An ONTC news release said the route will provide “seamless connections” between the northeast and northwest with stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay, and connections to Toronto and Ottawa.

The six-day-a-week service will include stops at Lakehead University and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences.

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“Our team is excited to provide scheduled bus service to Thunder Bay,” said Tracy MacPhee, Ontario Northland’s director of passenger operations, in a statement.

“We look forward to introducing Ontario Northland’s reliable and friendly service to northwestern Ontario and connecting more passengers to hospitals and educational institutions as well as Toronto and Ottawa.”

Two years ago, the regional motor coach carrier widened service to Espanola, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa and White River under a directive of the previous Wynne government to provide intercommunity connections to unserviced areas in the northeast.