The Departure Bay ferry terminal is now the main point of contact for Greyhound travellers in Nanaimo.
Greyhound moved its passenger pickup-dropoff point to the B.C. Ferries terminal from the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel on Wednesday.
The company says the move better serves travellers.
Travelers can now buy their tickets from a Greyhound service desk in the arrivals-departures area. Passengers load and unload buses outside.
The move follows service reductions by Greyhound across B.C., including Vancouver Island.
The change means no more need to take a shuttle between the ferry terminal and the old bus depot, on Comox Road.
"It helps speed up transfer times," said Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandra Pedrini by phone, from Dallas, Tex."It just tightens up the schedule."
The new location operates the same as before, seven days a week, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., with 10 daily schedules to Victoria, Campbell River and points between.
"The only things that have changed are the times," Pedrini said. "Because of the tightening up of scheduling, it's much easier for passengers."
For now, Greyhound Package Express remains at the old location at the Howard Johnson Harbourside hotel. It will be moved in future, though no date has been set for the change.
Last October, an application was filed to reduce Greyhound service on Vancouver Island.
In January the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board approved Greyhound's application to reduce service on three Island runs as part of province-wide cost-saving reductions, after losing $14.1 million in B.C in fiscal 2011-12 alone.
Nanaimo-Victoria service dropped to three a day (two express buses), from four, while service to Campbell River was cut to one bus each way daily.
A new carrier now serves Mount Washington.
Schedule information is available at greyhound.ca.
Ticket information can be obtained by calling 1-800-661-8747.
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