Another bus service is looking to fill the void.
Canadas largest privately-owned transportation company, the Pacific Western Transportation Group, wants to offer service from Kamloops once Greyhound ceases western operations on Oct 31st.
Director of Business Development John Stepovy says an application has been made to the BC government.
The regional service would offer three routes, Kamloops to Vancouver, Kamloops to Kelowna and Kelowna to Vancouver, running twice a day.
All the routes would include stops in Merritt.
"We've always been people focused. We don't do freight, we focus on the public. We take into account when people like to travel, and we don’t have overnight trips. We do our best to travel during regular daylight hours."
The new service is called Ebus, which is currently operating out of Alberta.
Another bus service, Merritt Bus Services Ltd, has also applied to operate in the region.
Merritt RCMP officers to start conducting foot patrols downtown.
On the request of the City of Merritt Police Committee, Sgt Norm Fleming confirms officers, when able, will now be getting out of their vehicles and conducting foot patrols in the downtown core.
Ideally it will happen daily.
"It will of course be dependent on what we are tasked to do at the time. But, I think for any sort of foot patrol to do what you want it to-do, it's better they are random anyways. I think it will have a far greater impact."
Fleming believes having a greater presence downtown is an old-fashioned idea, but effective.
The Community Policing Office is already conducting foot patrols of the downtown core, but purely on an observational basis.