Compiled from the archives of the Manitoba Transit Heritage Association.  

Start here and just scroll down through the history of Thompson's Public Transit service.

Thompson's Public Transit History


A local transit service was started by John Thiessen in 1959.


The local transit service was discontinued in 1962 due to insufficient ridership. John Thiessen's company continued as a taxi and charter bus operator.


A trial was conducted in December 1971 with local transit service resuming in 1972 operated by Thompson Cab & Bus Lines (1969) Limited.


Local transit sevice continued under contract to the City of Thompson and operated by Thompson Bus Lines Limited owned by Ken Thiessen.


The contractor for the local transit service switched to Grey Goose Bus Lines Limited (a subsidiary of Laidlaw Inc.).

Grey Goose operated two buses on two routes across the city. Route 1 - Eastwood and Route 2 - Westwood on a 30-minute pulse circuit meeting at the City Centre Shopping Centre for a timed-transfer.


The City of Thompson, with shared funding from the Province of Manitoba, purchased two brand new low-floor accessible transit buses from New Flyer Industries of Winnipeg.

Also included in the upgrade program were new bus shelters that were placed around the city at busy bus stop locations.


Grey Goose Bus Lines Limited became a wholly owned subsidiary of First Group of Scotland and was integrated into the Greyhound Canada Transportation Corporation.

Greyhound Canada continued to operate the contract for local transit service until October 31, 2018 when Greyhound ceased all operations in Canada.


Local transit service resumed in February 2019 when Maple Grove Equine Ranch Limited (doing business as Maple Bus Lines) assume the contract.


The City of Thompson once again renewed it's bus fleet by purchasing two new "cut-away" style smaller accessible buses for the transit service. A new contract was awarded to Maple Bus Lines to operate the local service until June 2024.


The City of Thompson assumed operation of the local bus service in June.