Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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BC to fast track applications for intercity bus service after Greyhound exit

BC to fast track applications for intercity bus service after Greyhound exit

Greyhound Canada is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

"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.

"There are people who have vehicles, but are not that comfortable going into a big city with their own vehicle, and they would just prefer taking public transportation", he said.

In May, after Greyhound announced it would eliminate services in Northern B.C., the provincial government launched a limited, interim transportation service.

But, in retrospect, the end of Greyhound (Western Canada) should not have been a surprise.

A 2009 first-quarter report for STC said the Crown company lost 8.5 per cent of its ridership after the Greyhound beheading.

In December, the company outlined its problems in its application to the Passenger Transportation Board to cancel northern routes.

"We think there are a lot of smart people who could do this, however ... our government certainly won't be in the business of being in business". Greyhound Canada applied to provincial regulators past year to discontinue routes in northern B.C., including between Prince George to Prince Rupert, citing the problem of declining ridership.

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.

Cassidy said he and his colleagues at Coach Atlantic Group, based out of Charlottetown, felt a responsibility in 2012 to maintain bus services for Maritimers, which is why they took over for Acadian Lines a day after that company shuttered.

In a Facebook post, it said it will be offering service from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Ont., Thompson, Man., Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask., starting October 31 - the day Greyhound shuts down its western operation.

"We're trying to keep it affordable and us in business", he said. He said he uses Greyhound to ship parts to other cities, and expects his costs will go up if he needs to use another service.

The issue of transportation along that route, which includes the notorious stretch of B.C.'s Highway 16 known as the Highway of Tears, was a major point of contention last fall during hearings at the national inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, where a number of women have gone missing.

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