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Grande West Nominates Yves Devin and Don Siemens

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 -- Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") announces the nominations of Yves Devin and Don Siemens to its Board of Directors at its upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on May 29, 2014.

Mr. Devin has over 25 years of experience in the public transit industry and was CEO of Societe de transport de Montreal ("STM") from 2006 to 2012. STM is one of the largest transit systems in North America with its 1,800 buses, 69 km of subway lines, 9,800 employees and a $1.8 Billion operating budget. Through Yves Devin's leadership, STM reached the ranks of top performers by being named best Transportation Company in North America (2010) by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the best Transportation Company with a commitment to sustainable development (2010-2011-2012) by the London Metro Awards (participants from 40 Countries). Employee mobilization and customer satisfaction achieved an all-time high and traffic reached a record 405 million trips. Yves is actively involved and an avid supporter of the Canadian Urban Transit Association, the American Public Transportation Association and UITP, the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes.

Mr. Siemens is an independent financial advisor and corporate director specializing in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Don Siemens is a Chartered Accountant and previously was Partner-in-Charge of Thorne Ernst & Whinney's (now KPMG) Vancouver office Financial Advisory Services group.

William Trainer, President and CEO of Grande West, stated: "We are pleased to be nominating the caliber of Yves Devin and Don Siemens to our Board of Directors. Each will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to Grande West. Mr. Devin's experience in managing a major public transit system and the intricacies of government relations and funding will provide a valuable perspective to Grande West on the needs of our customers. Mr. Siemens has a proven track record of advising companies to excel in growth, strategic planning and financial reporting. We look forward to their input to assist Grande West achieve its' goals and increase shareholder value."

Michael Evans and Joanne Yan will not be standing for re-election as Directors at the Annual General Meeting so as to enable Yves Devin and Don Siemens to join the Board. The Company wishes to sincerely thank, Michael Evans and Joanne Yan, for their important contributions to the launching of Grande West through its IPO process and their valued guidance given as Directors.

About Grande West Transportation Group Inc.

Grande West was formed in 2008 to design and develop a 27.5 foot bus, known as the "Vicinity." With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with its "Vicinity" bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus.

The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs about half the amount of a 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel, emits less harmful environment emissions and achieves a life span twice as long as cut-away buses with less maintenance costs.

In a large and unsaturated market, Grande West is poised to capture growth in both the replacement of cut-away buses and the right sizing of larger buses for better utilization of transit fleets across Canada and the United States.

Initial deliveries of 15 Vicinity buses occurred in August 2013 to BC Transit. We also recognized the recent sale of our demonstration bus. Currently, we have 18 new Vicinity buses in production mostly for delivery to Quebec and Nova Scotia transit agencies. Our potential sales funnel is constantly growing, as the Vicinity is introduced to transit agencies across Canada.

For marketing and customer testing, 3 Vicinity demonstration buses are included in the current production run inclusive of our new 30 foot model with 2 doors for the Ontario market and airport shuttle bus applications.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, without limitation, statements relating to the future operating or financial performance of Grande West Transportation, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential", "possible", and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions, or results "will", "may", "could", or "should" occur or be achieved. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding the perceived merit of the product offered by Grande West; sales estimates; manufacturing capabilities; capital expenditures; timelines; strategic plans; market prices for parts and material; or other statements that are not statements of fact. Forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Grande West's expectations include the uncertainties involving the need for additional financing to market Grande West's products and provide after-sales maintenance and support services to Grande West's customers; access to adequate services and supplies to operate Grande West's business; availability of financing in the debt and capital markets; the need to obtain governmental approvals; unexpected cost increases, which could include increases in estimated capital and operating costs; fluctuations in price of materials used in the manufacture of our products and currency exchange rates; availability of a qualified work force; customers' reliance on funding from various levels of government to purchase our products; fuel shortages and fuel prices; competitors' ability to develop competing products; our ultimate ability to develop, manufacture and sell Grande West's products on economically favourable terms; and other risk and uncertainties disclosed in Grande West's reports and documents filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time. Grande West's forward-looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made. Grande West assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

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