Saskatchewan Transportation Company

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Saskatchewan Transportation Company
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MCI Bus Being Serviced in Saskatoon
Slogan Ride in Comfort, Ride Safely, Ride with STC.
Parent Crown Investments Corporation Of Saskatchewan
Founded 1946
Ceased operation May 31, 2017
Headquarters 1717 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, Saskatchewan
Service area Province of Saskatchewan
Service type bus service, bus charter and bus parcel express
Routes 27
Destinations Over 250
Stations Over 170
Fleet Over 40
Website www.stcbus.com

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) was a Crown Corporation of the Government of Saskatchewan, created in 1946 by an Order in Council.

It was a wholly owned subsidiary of Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan, with a mandate to provide bus services carrying people and freight between major urban centres and to as much of the rural population as possible.

The government of Saskatchewan announced on March 22, 2017 that it planned to shut down the company by May 2017. Freight services were terminated effective May 19, and passenger services were terminated effective May 31.[1]

Facilities

STC owned and operated bus depots in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert,[2] and had numerous agencies in communities throughout the province. STC also served as the agent for Greyhound at many of its locations.

Regina Terminal

Address: 1717 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina
Coordinates: 50°27′06″N 104°36′19″W / 50.45167°N 104.60528°W / 50.45167; -104.60528
Facility includes: Head office, STC bus station, STC freight terminal, Greyhound Canada service, Robin's Donuts
Opened: October 8, 2008[3]

Saskatoon Terminal

Saskatoon Depot
Address: 50 – 23rd Street East, Saskatoon
Coordinates: 52°07′52″N 106°40′02″W / 52.13111°N 106.66722°W / 52.13111; -106.66722
Facility includes: STC bus station, STC freight terminal, Greyhound Canada service, Robin's Donuts

Prince Albert Terminal

Address: 99 – 15th Street East, Prince Albert
Coordinates: 53°11′57″N 105°45′06″W / 53.19917°N 105.75167°W / 53.19917; -105.75167
Facility includes: STC bus station, STC freight terminal, Greyhound Canada service

Agencies

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company worked with over 170 private companies within the province to provide local passenger and express depots to rural communities. These locations were referred to as agencies and made up the ground work by which STC was able to provide service to the people of Saskatchewan.[4]

Services

Maintenance

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company operated Maintenance Facilities in Regina and Saskatoon, which allowed for the efficient operation of their fleet and provided an array of services to foreign fleet customers.

Saskatoon Bus Service Centre

Address: 88 King Street, Saskatoon
Coordinates: 52°08′21″N 106°39′47″W / 52.13917°N 106.66306°W / 52.13917; -106.66306

Regina Bus Maintenance Centre

Address: 9th Avenue and Wallace Street, Regina
Coordinates: 50°27′14″N 104°35′38″W / 50.45389°N 104.59389°W / 50.45389; -104.59389

Passenger

STC operated a number of routes to both urban and rural communities across Saskatchewan. Many STC passenger coaches were wheelchair accessible and all were Wi-Fi equipped.

Express

STC had a history of package delivery across Saskatchewan. Many people relied on STC to transport packages, parcels, and equipment to rural areas. While providing overnight service to many locations, STC also provided customers with door-to-door pick-up and delivery in major centres.

Charter

STC provided charter services to a number of groups and organizations every year in Saskatchewan. Many corporations, sports teams, and clubs chose STC when travelling to functions both in and out of province. Charters were available any day of the week and for various lengths of time subject to availability.[5]

Employees

STC employed over 230 people. All In Scope employees were members of the Amalgamated Transit Union.[6]

Closure and sale of assets

The provincial government shut down STC in 2017 as part of spending cutbacks. Ridership had decreased 77 percent since its peak in 1980, and only two of its 27 routes turned a profit. The opposition NDP criticized the shutdown, saying it would hurt rural residents who relied upon the service for parcel delivery and transportation for medical appointments in larger centres.[7]

The company's assets were sold for $29 million, slightly more than their appraised value of $25.7 million (CAD).[8]

References

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  1. ^ Warick, Jason (March 22, 2017). "Government shuttering STC". CBC News. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  2. ^ STC Locations: Depots
  3. ^ New Passenger and Freight Terminal Opening
  4. ^ STC Agencies
  5. ^ STC Charter Services
  6. ^ ATU Local 1374 Saskatchewan Archived 2006-05-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "STC not coming back — even as gov't repeals Bill 40, minister says". CBC News. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ Latimer, Kendall (13 December 2017). "Saskatchewan sells STC assets for $29M, slightly more than appraised value". CBC News. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

External links

  • Official website
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