Feds should step in to keep national bus service running: Notley


All routes, except for the one running Vancouver-Seattle, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba will be cut starting on October 31, leaving many, especially those with low-income and in rural communities, without a reasonable means of transportation.

"But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada-specifically Western Canada-are just not sustainable anymore".

In a statement, Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said declining ridership in rural communities was one of several factors in the decision.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said its citizens rely on Greyhound "heavily" - especially for medical appointments.

The Passenger Transportation Board says Greyhound's departure will leave many areas without service and cut off access to safe transportation to take people to work or school.

The B.C. Government is now operating the B.C. Bus North with service between Prince George and Fort St. John.

While Greyhound didn't get a subsidy it appears the answer for other private operators is "maybe".

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Trevena states that Greyhound did not reach out to her or her staff prior to their choice to cut Western Canada from their services, adding that is was "something I would have expected, given their long history in this province".

Inquiries to the Northern Regional Health Authority regarding what a lack of bus service would mean to the northern patient transportation program had not been returned as of press time.

Greyhound attributed its cutbacks to a 41 per cent drop in ridership since 2010, and while Maritime Bus hasn't taken as drastic a hit, Cassidy said his company has also seen declines.

"We're trying to keep it affordable and us in business", he said. We know that the risks for woman and girls on the highways, as illustrated on the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, are great, and has directly contributed to the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Wabinski said he hopes to have buses making trips 5 to 7 days a week, and is also looking at having the company make trips to The Pas and Dauphin.

The ending of service will impact future travel decisions, said traveller Caroline Genest, who was in town from Montreal for the Calgary Stampede and heading to Edmonton on the Greyhound.

Greyhound raised its concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years and wanted to ensure both levels of government were "fully aware" of the situation.