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Transportation minister slams Greyhound for 'not reaching out'

14 July 2018

Greyhound announced Monday they would shut down service in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia starting October 31.

"This move will leave people with limited options to get around and this will likely impact the most vulnerable", said Trevena.

"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".

"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 vehicle travel", the company said in an announcement posted on its website.

Kendrick says Greyhound Canada will continue to petition Ottawa to help fund transportation in northern communities.

In a statement Monday, she said many in the province's Interior rely on the service, and that at no point had the company contacted the provincial government to talk about solutions.

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"We're going to see if there's an opportunity for a private operator to come in", the minister said Tuesday.

As Greyhound gets ready to pull its service out of Western Canada, we're getting a better picture of how much the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) wind-down cost the province. "We have had substantial losses over several years as a direct result of declining ridership".

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

Greyhound Canada said the bulk of its routes in Ontario and Quebec would continue to operate, except for a number of services that make use of the Trans-Canada Highway running between Sudbury and Winnipeg.

Though Red Arrow runs many similar routes to Greyhound, there are no current plans to expand to communities, including Grande Prairie and Valleyview. 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. One of the affected routes included a notorious stretch of Highway 16 in B.C. known as the Highway of Tears, where many Indigenous women have gone missing over the years.

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. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.

Transportation minister slams Greyhound for 'not reaching out'