Bus companies in Ontario

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Bus companies in Ontario range in scale from small family run businesses to subsidiaries of large international transportation groups. Many operate yellow school buses for student transportation on behalf of local school boards, while others concentrate on luxury coach charters and tours. Some municipalities use these private companies to run their public transit systems.


417 Bus Line[edit]

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417 Bus Line is a coach and school bus operator in Casselman, a small village on Ontario Provincial Highway 417 between Ottawa and Montreal. The company began as Laplante Bus Line in 1958, which became Casselman Bus Line in 1965 and was incorporated in 1974 as 417 Bus Line Ltd. The founder, Jean-Paul Laplante, started with a single vehicle transporting students to the local school. Steady growth of the fleet lead to expansion with a bus route between Casselman and Ottawa. The family continues to operate the company today.

417 Bus Line Ltd. includes Lalonde Bus Line, Matte Bus Line and Larocque Bus Line as part of its operations, which have a combined fleet of over 150 units.[1]

Public transit operations[edit]

Transit Eastern Ontario operates under the authority of the North Glengarry Prescott Russell (NGPR) Transport Board
Clarence-Rockland Transpo is operated by Lalonde Bus Line


Aboutown[edit]

Aboutown Transportation is a diversified transportation company based in the city of London, serving southwestern Ontario for over 60 years.[2] Bus services that it operates include charters, intercity routes and public transit systems in Chatham-Kent and St. Thomas. During the school year it operates six transit bus routes between Kings and Brescia Colleges, and the main campus at the University of Western Ontario. Local services provided in the London area include taxis, limousines, school buses, paratransit services, minibus charters, shuttle services and airport services. It also operates Foot's Bay Marina on Lake Joseph in Muskoka, and Trillium Sport Aviation Inc., a 50 percent owned affiliate, based at London International Airport.[3]

NorthLink[edit]

This intercity bus service connects communities throughout southwestern Ontario, with no more than thirteen scheduled routes.[4]

Public transit operations[edit]

CK Transit
St. Thomas Transit


Attridge Transportation[edit]

Attridge is a Burlington based school bus company providing bus service in the Golden Horseshoe area.


AVM Max 2000[edit]

AVM Max 2000 is a Toronto based charter bus rental company providing chartered bus rental experience in Greater Toronto Area. Its fleet consists of 21 to 24 passenger mini buses, 48 to 58 passenger coaches, school buses and passenger vans.[5] It offers chartered bus rental service from Toronto to anywhere in North America.


Ayr[edit]

Ayr Coach Lines is a small family-owned business which provides charter services in the southwestern Ontario cites of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. It has a diverse fleet of motor coaches, activity coaches and mini coaches.


Badder[edit]

Badder Bus Service is a charter bus company that started in 1950 in Thamesville as a school bus company. In 1978, due to the demand for charter service, it acquired highway coaches.[6]

In 2006 the company was split, with Badder Bus Service Limited becoming a charter oriented company, with the integration of the newly acquired coach operations of 'Gino's Bus Lines of Ingersoll, and The Badder Group Incorporated being created out of their school bus operations which had expanded with the addition of Waylin Bus Lines of Aylmer in 1995 and Elgin Bus Service in 1997.[7]

Services[edit]

Badder is licensed to operate charter buses from the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York, the municipality of Chatham-Kent, the counties of Brant, Bruce, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington.[6]

The school bus division serves the Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, Lambton Kent District School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board, and Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest.[8]


Bergeron Bus Lines[edit]

Bergeron Bus Lines is a commuter and school bus operator based in Vars.

Public transit operations[edit]

Begeron operates a commuter bus service for the Township of Russell Transit Service, as part of the Rural Partners Transit Service of OC Transpo.


Can-Am Express[edit]

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Bus and coach charter company located in Toronto. Fully licensed to travel in Canada and United States. Providing shuttle, casino, shopping and tourism travel.


Can-ar[edit]

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Main article: Can-ar Coach Service

Can-ar Coach Service is a chartered coach operator based in the Greater Toronto Area that also operates two scheduled routes:

  • Toronto-Lindsay-Halliburton
  • Toronto-Kincardine-Port Elgin

It used to operate transit buses, owned by York Region Transit, under an extension of the contract under which it operate Vaughan Transit on behalf of the City of Vaughan, Ontario.


Cha-Co Trails[edit]

PMCL operated Cha-Co Trails coach in Greyhound livery

Cha-Co Trails provides charters and regional bus services throughout southwestern Ontario and to Detroit. The buses are operated by Penetang-Midland Coach Lines, Chatham Coach Lines (J. I. DeNure (Chatham) Limited) and Detroit based Chatham Coach Lines Inc., which are all subsidiaries of Greyhound Canada.

Chatham Coach Lines was started in 1948 by J.I. DeNure in Chatham, Ontario. The operating name was changed to Cha-Co-Trails in 1988, before complete control was acquired by Laidlaw in 2000 and it continues as part of Greyhound Canada's local operations.


Cherrey[edit]

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Cherrey Bus Lines is a Listowel and Stratford based operator of motorcoaches, activity buses, school buses, and passenger vans. It provides day trips, sightseeing, and tours through their Maxey Travel and Robin Hood Tours divisions.

It is licensed to provide coach services from: Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent; regions of Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York; counties of Brant, Bruce, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington.


Coach Canada[edit]

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Main article: Coach Canada

Coach Canada is an affiliate of Coach USA, and part of the North American operations of Stagecoach, the international transport group. The Canadian subsidiary is headquartered in Peterborough and operates throughout the urban areas of southern Ontario and Quebec, with intercity service extending as far as New York City.


Dallas Coach[edit]

Dallas Coach, based in Mississauga, provides bus charters, shuttle services and tours, mainly in the Greater Toronto Area.


Delaney Bus Lines[edit]

Delaney Bus Lines is a charter, tour, and school bus company headquartered in Avonmore. Founded in 1948, it provides school services for the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. It also offers several casino tour packages.

Delaney is the operator of three routes for OC Transpo's Rural Partnership Services. Route 515 connects the city of Cornwall with Ottawa and the government offices in Gatineau, Quebec; it also serves the villages of St. Andrew's West and Bonville in South Stormont, and the villages of Monkland and Moose Creek in North Stormont. Route 516 connects the North Stormont villages of Finch, Berwick, and Crysler with the nation's capital. Route 517 runs between Ottawa/Gatineau and the North Glengarry villages of Alexandria and Maxville.


First Student[edit]

Main article: First Student Canada

First Student Canada, a subsidiary of the UK company FirstGroup, is a major provider of school bus services which used to be operated as Laidlaw Transit and Cardinal.


Franklin[edit]

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Franklin Coach Lines of Belleville


Groupe Galland[edit]

Groupe Galland is a company providing school, coach, charter, commuter, and parcel services. Headquartered in Laval, Quebec, it was founded as a school bus operator in 1941. The business runs OC Transpo Rural Partnership Service Route 538. This line connected Carleton Place with Ottawa and Gatineau.


Great Canadian Coaches[edit]

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Great Canadian Coaches is a Kitchener provider of motorcoach charters and tours which began as Travel Ventures in 1984, and changed its name in 1998. Many of its fleet of over 40 Prevost, Setra and MCI coaches have unique Canadian themed paint schemes. It is a member of the Trailways Transportation System.[9]


Greyhound Canada[edit]

Main article: Greyhound Canada

Greyhound Canada, with its headquarters in Calgary, is a subsidiary of Britain's FirstGroup, linked with the Dallas-based Greyhound Lines. Greyhound has extensive intercity operations throughout Ontario and to destinations across Canada and the adjoining states of New York and Michigan.


Healey[edit]

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Healey Transportation is located in Smiths Falls, Ontario, providing coach charters and tours from the city of Ottawa, and the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville[10] and school bus services for school boards in Eastern Ontario. Healey operates five Prevost coaches and over 100 school buses, mini-buses and passenger vans.


Howard Bus Service[edit]

Howard Bus Service is a school, charter, and coach operator located in Athens. It provides transportation to the Upper Canada District School Board.[11] They also run OC Transpo's Rural Partnership Service Route 509, which connects Merrickville-Wolford with Ottawa.


Kemptville Transportation Services[edit]

Kemptville Transportation Services is a school and charter bus operator located in Kemptville, Ontario. It runs two lines for OC Transpo's Rural Partnership Service. Route 542 provides express service between Kemptville and Ottawa and Gatineau. Route 543 connects Kemptville and North Gower to Downtown Ottawa.[12]


Leduc[edit]

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Leduc Bus Lines is a family-owned business, founded in 1968, in Rockland, Ontario. It provides highway coach, minibus, transit bus and school bus service in the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario area.

It operates three routes under the Rural Partners Transit Service of OC Transpo. Route 520 is operated directly. It travels from Hawkesbury connecting through L'Orignal, Alfred, Plantagenet and Wendover to Ottawa. Leduc also provides contracted services to run the two municipally managed routes of Clarence-Rockland Transpo.[12]


McCoy[edit]

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McCoy Bus Service, Kingston


Ontario Northland[edit]

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Ontario Northland operates an intercity bus service for the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, a crown corporation of the provincial government based in North Bay and provide onward connections from Ontario Northland Railway passenger services. The area served is the eastern part of Northern Ontario with routes extending south to Toronto.


Pacific Western[edit]

Ontario operations of Pacific Western are concentrated in the Toronto area, with a large fleet of charter coaches. The now defunct Toronto Airport Express service between the downtown core and Pearson Airport operated from 1993 until 2014.


Parkinson[edit]

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Main article: Parkinson Coach Lines

Parkinson Coach Lines is a family business founded in 1946 in Snelgrove, Ontario by Harold Parkinson. The company was acquired by the Murrays in 1953, another family with generations in the bus and coach business back to 1922. The company hasn't strayed far from their roots in Brampton, Ontario and started running the predecessor to Brampton Transit in the 1960s. It further expanded into school buses in the 1960s and coach tours in the 1970s. Today, it has a fleet of 15 exclusively MCI coaches, about 85 school buses and various mini-coaches.[13]


South Mountain[edit]

South Mountain Stagecoach Transit is a tour, charter, and commuter line operator based in South Mountain, Ontario. It runs Route 565 of OC Transpo's Rural Partnership Service. This route connects Ottawa with the North Dundas villages of Inkerman, South Mountain, and Hallville.[14]


Shuttle Kingston[edit]

Shuttle Kingston was reported in 2013 to connect Kingston to Watertown, New York and Syracuse, New York.[15][16]


Switzer Carty[edit]


Transport Thom[edit]

Transport Thom is a charter, tour, and commuter bus operator headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec.[17] It operates three lines as part of OC Transpo's Rural Partner Services. Route 500 connects Arnpoir with Central Ottawa and the government offices in Gatineau. Route 502 connects the villages of Pakenham and Almote in Mississippi Mills, Ontario, and the town of Carleton Place with Ottawa and Gatineau. Route 503 also terminates in the two city centres, after originating in Perth; the line also serves Innisville in Drummond/North Elmsley and Carleton Place.[18]


Transtario[edit]

Main article: Transtario

Transtario is a charter, tour, and school bus operator based in Bradford.


Transtur[edit]

Transtur Coach Lines, based in Niagara Falls Ontario, operates luxury coaches and conducts charters from Toronto to Montreal and to the USA.



Trott Transit[edit]

Trott Transit is a Canadian owned and operated, full service bus company with its headquarters in Mississauga, Canada. Founded in 1976, it is a contractor of regular school bus services, private parent-funded bussing, and public charters. Operations are confined to the province of Ontario, providing regular bussing service to the Peel Region and charter services throughout Ontario including main centres such as Toronto, Kingston, Niagara Falls and London.

Trott Transit is a medium-sized school bus operator operating mainly in the Peel Region. Trott Transit moves approximately 8,000 students per day in its school board bussing programme and 1,200 additional students per day in its parent-funded and private school programme.

Trott Transit provides charter services throughout Ontario, providing over 5,000 charters per year in the Peel Region.

It has been purchased by Switzer-Carty Transportation in 2013.

Voyageur[edit]

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Voyageur Colonial, now branded as just Voyageur, formerly owned by Canada Steamship Lines, is a subsidiary of Greyhound Canada. They provide intercity coach services between Ottawa and Montreal.


Wubs Transit[edit]

Wubs Transit is a commuter and school bus charter operator based in Winchester. It provides transportation services to the Townships of North Dundas and South Dundas in Eastern Ontario.

Wubs Transit operates a commuter bus service as part of the Rural Partners Service of OC Transpo

Route 541 Chesterville - Ottawa,[19] serving Chesterville, Winchester, Vernon, Metcalfe and Greely.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". 417 Bus Line Ltd. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  2. ^ The London Free Press, November 22, 2007: Aboutown Transportation Limited is celebrating its 60th anniversary[dead link]
  3. ^ The London Free Press, November 22, 2007: Special Section - Aboutown ...is transportation[dead link]
  4. ^ "About Us". AVM Max 2000 Charter Services Inc. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Badder Group History". Badder Bus. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Service History". Badder Bus. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Contact Information". Badder Bus. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  8. ^ "About Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches". Great Canadian Holidays Inc. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  9. ^ The Ontario Gazette: Saturday, 18 May 2002[dead link]
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ a b "Rural Partner Routes". OC Transpo. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  12. ^ FYI from MCI: Parkinson Coach Lines 2000 goes the distance[dead link]
  13. ^ [2][dead link]
  14. ^ syracuse.com: "New Kingston to Syracuse shuttle targets shoppers, air travelers" 10 Apr 2013
  15. ^ thewhig.com: "Shuttling off to Syracuse" 3 Apr 2013
  16. ^ "Transport Thom". Access to Travel. Government of Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  17. ^ [3][dead link]
  18. ^ "Route 541: Chesterville - Ottawa" (PDF). OC Transpo. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 

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