Greyhound cuts Western Routes

Lloyd Doyle
July 14, 2018

"The decline in ridership that led to the hard decision that Greyhound Canada took this week regarding its routes in Western Canada was not due to any single incident", the statement said.

PRINCE GEORGE- Nearly 5 months after Greyhound Canada announced it will eliminate passenger service in Northern BC, it announced it will no longer provide any service in western Canada.

Grand Chief Sheila North said in the wake of Greyhound's July 9 announcement that it would no longer be doing business in Western Canada after October 31 that the organization, which represents a couple dozen First Nations in Manitoba's north, was extremely concerned by the news, given that vast distances between communities in the region and the high cost of airfare to the province's south make affordable bus service a crucial and possibly life-saving need.

Greyhound Canada is pulling out of several provinces including British Columbia and Alberta.

The move comes just over a year after the Saskatchewan Transportation Company cancelled bus service in the province.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was surprised to hear the shocking announcement saying it's awful news.

"It's going to put Thunder Bay and all other areas that lose this service, it puts lots of people in a very hard situation".

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said replacement options for the bus system are being explored.

Hajdu stresses she will be going back to speak with her colleagues to see if there is anything they can do federally to improve transportation here in the north.

Greyhound now services small communities across the sparsely populated Prairies.

"This decision is regrettable and is due to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities; increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services; the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers; regulatory constraints, and increased auto travel", the company said in an announcement posted on its website.

"There was a commitment to look at our issue, they're well aware of it".

Trevena says talks are underway to figure out what happens when Greyhound disappears entirely.

All Greyhound routes in Ontario and Quebec will continue to operate except for one: the Trans-Canada, which links a number of smaller communities between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Ont.

It's application said that Greyhound incurred a $12.9-million deficit on its passenger service in its fiscal year ending March of 2017, and even with offsetting revenue from its freight service, its overall loss was $4.6 million.

"The lack of safe transportation in and out of communities creates more vulnerability for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people by encouraging travellers to resort to less safe means of transportation such as hitch hiking or walking unsafe highways", the association said.

The only route still operating in Northeast the Edmonton to Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down. Aren't Western Canadians in general travelling much more than they ever used to?

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