OTTAWA, ON – January 12, 2022 – Roxborough Bus Lines, an Ontario leader in passenger transportation, announced it has completed its acquisition of 417 Bus Line Limited, bringing together two family owned and operated Ontario-based transportation businesses.
“417 Bus Line is an extraordinary company, with an amazing team and fleet of vehicles,” said Nick McRae, President of Roxborough Bus Line Ltd, “Together we can provide even higher levels of customer service and availability to the Ontario market.”
“This strategic acquisition will bring added capabilities to our school bus division as well as add motor coaches to our product offering, enabling our customers more options across our charter transportation services,” said McRae.
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for 417 Bus Line Ltd., one where we will be able to accelerate our mission and help more clients than ever with outstanding service. We are excited to be joining the Roxborough Bus Lines family that has shared values and philosophies.,” said Yvon Laplante, President, 417 Bus Lines Limited.
About the acquisition
Roxborough will welcome all existing 417 Bus Line staff, including bus and coach drivers, mechanics and technicians, operations staff, and leadership. The company will also take over operations of the cutting-edge facility in Casselman, Ontario.
The acquisition of 417 Bus Line Limited will see Roxborough Bus Line Ltd. expand by 220 team members and 230 vehicles, including 25 coach buses.
About Roxborough Bus Line Ltd.
Founded in 1959 by Duncan McRae and Bernard Villeneuve with one school bus, the company has now grown to close to 900 buses and vans covering Eastern Ontario. Over the years it has remained a family operated business with each of Duncan and Bernard son’s, Daryl McRae and George Villeneuve carrying on the company business. In 2008 Nick McRae and Blaine Filion joined the ownership group and have taken an aggressive approach to growing the business into new markets.
Roxborough Bus Lines has acquired numerous companies since its establishment and currently operates facilities in Avonmore, Alexandria, Clarence Creek, Greely, Madoc and now Casselman and has grown to over 820 employees covering Eastern Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
Roxborough Bus Lines is committed to providing safe, effective, efficient, and healthy home to school transportation to more than 170 schools in Ontario. The company not only provides school bus service to students but to adults as well for a wide variety of occasions.
About 417 Bus Line Limited
417 Bus Line has a proud history as a family-owned and operated company. Founded in 1958 by Jean-Paul Laplante, the company was first known as Laplante Bus Lines, then Casselman Bus Line, before incorporating in 1974 as 417 Bus Line Limited. Jean-Paul’s sons, Yvon, Marc, Mario, and Gilles took over leadership in 1993. They have built on their father’s legacy, further developing the family-centric culture. They offer a full range of passenger transportation options from school buses to 56 passenger motor coaches that operate across North America.
For more information, please contact:
Nick McRae, President, Roxborough Bus Lines Limited
(613) 346-2511 or (800) 281-5833