Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces

Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces

On Monday, the coach bus company said all routes from Manitoba to B.C. would come to an end on October 31, save for the USA -operated route 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.

Greyhound Canada has announced they will discontinue service in nearly all of Western Canada by October 31, 2018.

"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.

Greyhound spokesperson Wendy Cummings said the company takes the safety of Indigenous women and girls "very seriously".

In terms of bus services, Rider Express continues to operate a passenger van service Saskatchewan, with routes travelling between Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Swift Current.

Greyhound Canada is pulling out of several provinces including British Columbia and Alberta. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term".

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Claire Trevena said on Tuesday that she hopes other private bus operators in B.C. will step in to serve some of the routes.

Kasper Transportation- Kasper Wabinski, founder of Kasper Transportation, has said to the CBC that his company is looking to fill the void in Northern Ontario and Manitoba. While declining ridership was the main reason Greyhound gave for the decision, the company also placed blame on "government-subsidized" routes in B.C.

The province responded by launching its own bus service in the north as a pilot project, in part to protect vulnerable women in the area. Greyhound Canada applied to provincial regulators previous year to discontinue routes in northern B.C., including between Prince George to Prince Rupert, citing the problem of declining ridership.

"The business model seems to be broken", Maloney said.

The only route still operating in Northeast B.C.is the Edmonton to Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down.

Singh said the cancellations - only the latest in Greyhound's steady string of service reductions - would create a massive gap in transit services and make it all but impossible for many to access to jobs, health care, education, family and public services.

Greyhound raised its concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years and wanted to ensure both levels of government were "fully aware" of the situation.

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