Red Arrow is expanding its premium intercity passenger service to Ontario, between Toronto and Ottawa, with six daily trips seven days a week. The service includes stops in Scarborough and Kingston, allowing passengers a greater selection of destinations to embark and disembark.
“Motorcoach travel is critical to Canada and provides travelers a cost-efficient, safe and environmentally responsible mode of transportation,” says Vince Accardi, President of Motor Coach Canada, in a statement announcing the expansion. “Our economic recovery relies on all service providers in the transportation industry and all levels of government working together to ensure Canada is reconnected by motorcoach. The launch of Red Arrow in Ontario is yet another step forward in providing transportation options to Canadians.”
Launched in 1979, Alberta-based Red Arrow has been at the forefront of innovation in motorcoach travel. It was the first to offer seat belts, single-row privacy seating, complimentary Wi-Fi and many features we come to associate with a premium travel experience.
The company introduced the new route with a soft launch in November, followed by formally offering travel to the public on Dec. 8. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the day service began.
Attending the Toronto ceremony from Red Arrow parent Pacific Western Transportation were Tom Jezersek, President and Chief Operating Officer; Raelene Miller, Vice President of Motorcoach; and Terry Doran, Ontario Operations Manager. Miller had the honor of cutting the ribbon in front of the Red Arrow coaches at the Union Station Bus Terminal, where passengers are picked up and dropped off in Toronto.
“This expansion of Red Arrow to Ontario proves our continued commitment to the travel needs of Canadians. We invite all Ontario travelers to experience the Red Arrow difference,” Miller said.
“Each Red Arrow coach experience includes an onboard attendant hosting our customers with a selection of complimentary snacks and beverages, and sharing amenities like onboard entertainment and free Wi-Fi for those looking to stay connected. And with higher gas prices, continued hassles with flying, and limited rental car availability, we’re a stress-free, convenient and reliable alternative.”
Adult fare for travel between Ottawa and Toronto is $97.
Red Arrow is the latest passenger bus service to launch service in Ottawa following the departure of Greyhound Canada from the region. Both FlixBus and Megabus operate routes in the Canadian region.