That didn't take long. After a break of less than three weeks, passenger bus service between Drumheller and Calgary has been restored.
Alsask Bus has received approval from the province to operate a passenger bus between Calgary and the hamlet on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.
"In the morning, departure time from Alsask is 7:00 a.m. and the bus reaches Drumheller at 9:10 a.m.," reported Neerja Negi, co-owner of NN News, which serves as the local bus depot. "Departure time from Drumheller is 9:20 a.m. From Calgary it's 3:45 p.m. departure time." Buses from Calgary should arrive in the valley around 5:20 p.m. weekdays.
Service was halted on June 1 after the company that partnered with Alsask Bus on the Calgary to Saskatoon route folded, leaving many local people in the lurch.
"Seniors use the bus (because) they don't drive," noted Negi. "We have regular passengers (who) work here and have family in Calgary. They were using the bus regularely, like almost every week."
Alsask restarted the Alberta leg of the line on June 19 and Negi believes business will pick up again.
"Sometimes it's full, and sometimes there's hardly two or three passengers," she remarked. "When it's long weekend it's busy. In summer tourists also use that bus."
Passengers wanting to travel from Drumheller to Saskatoon will have to take the bus to Calgary, then transfer to a Greyhound that will take them via Edmonton.
Greyhound freight service to the valley was unaffected by the passenger cancellation.