Private bus subsidies possible after Greyhound nixes B.C. routes

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"Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes".

According to Kendrick, the company has experienced a 40 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, a reduction Greyhound Canada attributes to increased competition by subsidized carriers and the continued migration of Canadians from small towns to larger urban centres.

The halting of passenger, courier and freight service, scheduled to occur on October 31, 2018, will result in the termination of hundreds of positions.

Hollingworth is also concerned about some of his employees who live in other communities but use the Greyhound to get to Valleyview.

"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.

The authority in charge of approving bus operators in B.C. has promised to fast-track applications from for those wishing to fill the gap left behind by Greyhound. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.

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Service in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is also winking out.

Rick Chrest, the mayor of Brandon, Man., said it's a blow for people who don't own vehicles because there is no rail service in many areas and access to passenger airlines is limited.

"In the meantime, I hope that other local, private operators will see an opportunity to bring a badly needed service to the parts of the province most affected by Greyhound's decision", Trevena said. Greyhound Canada applied to provincial regulators a year ago to discontinue routes in northern B.C., including between Prince George to Prince Rupert, citing the problem of declining ridership.

By contrast, she said that the province's B.C. Bus North service, being operated by B.C. Transit as a pilot project, has seen "good uptake" since it started earlier this year. Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped almost 41 percent across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. We know that the risks for woman and girls on the highways, as illustrated on the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, are great, and has directly contributed to the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

The name has been synonymous with getting around in much of Canada, but Greyhound now says it is just not financially viable any longer.

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