Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Greyhound pull-out a shock, but not a surprise

CS_p5greyhound020 Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces
Priscilla Morrison | 14 July, 2018, 07:43

The company announced on Monday that it is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and cancelling all but one route in B.C. - a US -run service between Vancouver and Seattle.

Mohammed Idriss says the small city of Brooks in southern Alberta will get more isolated when Greyhound bus service ends across Western Canada in the fall. And she plans to meet her provincial counterparts from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to share ideas for replacing the bus service.

"It's going to impact about 415 people and that's a combination of drivers and ticket employees and maintenance staff and management staff as well across the country", said Kendrick. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term".

Greyhound Bus has announced it is ending service in B.C., citing substantial losses from a decline in ridership. Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped almost 41% across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. "We know there are private operators who are very nimble and quick", and would be eager to take over some of the routes.

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.

Trevena said her ministry will be working with other service providers to ensure that safe and reliable transportation is available for British Columbians in affected areas. The only route that will continue to run in B.C.is from Seattle to Vancouver.

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The national group that advocates for Indigenous women and girls is "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of Greyhound bus service to rural communities.

"The costs of flights are so much cheaper these days than they were 15 years ago", he said. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.

"We're trying to keep it affordable and us in business", he said.

The provincial government announced a rural transportation pilot project earlier this year, but Mason said the project would mainly focus on local transit and in its current form, would not be a suitable replacement for the longer routes previously serviced by Greyhound.

He also urged Trudeau to listen to those anxious about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing.

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