Yesterday the U of W announced it's plans for the bus depot and today the Free Press has a story about the new bus depot opening on Saturday near the airport.
Ahhh... bus memories. Mine go back to late 80's, dating a girl who was attending the U of S. My trusty, but gonad-less, '67 Ford Falcon could barely make it up the hill at Minnedosa on a dry summer day with a 140km/h lead in. I feared having to abandon it in the valley until spring if I tried that journey in the winter.
It was Mr. Hound that took me 'Running Back to Saskatoon' a dozen or so times. In a strange way I liked the bus. Pack a bag with any books or work that I had to do and I KNEW I was going to get to it along the way. The television was the prairie flashing by. Being a night owl I didn't mind taking the late buses so overcrowding wasn't a huge issue, nonetheless, I honed a slight twitch avec mumbling routine that kept most people from taking the seat next to me.
Another nice fact about the bus was that you went from downtown to downtown. No expensive cab-fares, you were minutes from every transit line in the city, it was easy to find a greasy spoon to grab a cheap meal. That, of course, won't be the case for Winnipeg anymore.
Now, I look at those new-fangled Greyhounds with their air conditioning, televisions, luxury seating and think: me, my camera, my twitch, a knapsack loaded with that "to read" pile that's done nothing but grow for the past year....maybe.
Tomorrow I will take a look back at the old bus depot. if you like Manitoba inter-city buses there's a great history page covering the 20's to the 00's check out Regiec and Cavanagh's A History of Inter-City Buses - Manitoba, (it's also the source of the new bus photo above).