A new business is hoping to fill some of the gaps left behind when STC closed.
KCTI started this week, operating a passenger, courier and charter service between Prince Albert and La Ronge. The new company has plans to expand too, hoping to eventually travel between Saskatoon and P.A.
“We’ve been working on it for a few months after STC folded,” said company owner Harkanwal Chahal.
“We thought about the place and the area we would serve. Saskatoon, La Ronge and Prince Albert were a few we were thinking about.”
While the opening was somewhat delayed, KCTI started making trips Monday. While business started out slow, more people are using the service as word begins to spread.
“We are going to La Ronge daily,” Chahal said. “People are hearing about us. We are getting some courier orders as well.”
The passenger van leaves La Ronge at 8:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, and arrives in Prince Albert before noon. It returns from P.A. to La Ronge at 5 p.m. daily. The company’s website also lists a 10 p.m. trip from the Nipawin Dairy Queen to Prince Albert.
The La Ronge stop is at the Kikinahk Friendship Centre, while the service stops in Prince Albert at the downtown transit station.
“In La Ronge, they have a room there for our couriers,” Chahal explained.
While it’s early for KCTI, Chahal believes he will succeed where STC failed.
“If we look at the figures from STC, it was a mixup of passengers and courier,” he said.
“If we deal with freight and passengers, it will be a good business.”
For more information, visit www.kcti.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-420-5284.