Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Greyhound Canada will no longer provide bus services in B.C.

Greyhound Canada will no longer provide bus services in B.C.

All passenger and freight service will be discontinued in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and nearly all of British Columbia, with the exception of the Vancouver-Seattle run.

"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".

Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak said many in her town use the Greyhound service, from students who travel to Edmonton for school to seniors who use it for medical appointments.

"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.

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"I automatically think of 2012", Cassidy said, referring to the parallel between Acadian Lines shutting down and the news from Greyhound.

"Any job losses in any community will have impacts across the board, that's fewer people that are spending money in the market, that's fewer people that are going out and attending events and going to activities, so you're drawing money out", said Chamber of Commerce CEO, Todd Corrigall.

Greyhound Canada will be ending bus service in the Prairies and B.C. Trevena said she'll be speaking with her provincial counterparts in other affected provinces, and that it may be time for Ottawa to step in. The company has had a 41% drop in ridership since 2010. At least one private bus operator stepped in to fill some of the discontinued routes on Vancouver Island, and the B.C. and federal governments provided $7.3 million to start a public bus service in northern B.C. when Greyhound left that area.

"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. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.

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Kendrick said despite the announcement being regrettable, it was a business decision that had to be made.

Service in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is also winking out.

Kasper Transportation said starting October 31 it plans to add routes linking Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Winnipeg to Thompson and Winnipeg to Regina, Saskatchewan and Prince Albert.

Bus North operates twice-weekly on routes in Northern B.C. including between Prince George and Prince Rupert, the so-called Highway of Tears where at least 18 women have been murdered or gone missing after last being seen hitchhiking.

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