Greyhound pulling out of western Canada


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The company announced on Monday that it is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and cancelling all but one route in B.C. - a USA -run service between Vancouver and Seattle.

The Native Women's Association of Canada said in a press release the Greyhound bus routes are sometimes the only safe way for Indigenous women and girls to travel between small Prairie towns.

"We're dealing with severance packages and we'll be setting up joint planning committee meetings with both the union and non-union staff to work through any questions to make sure that they're looked after properly".

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.

For Greyhound, its expansive network had become a perennial money loser, racking up millions of dollars in losses, even when passenger losses were offset by its more lucrative courier freight business, which it is also ending October 31. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term". Or do you think it should be left up to the private sector? Those cancellations took effect June 1.

The statement pointed to what the company characterizes as a "challenging transportation environment" in rural areas, including an increase in competition and vehicular travel. In British Columbia, all routes will discontinue except for Vancouver to Seattle, which is operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc. 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.

When Greyhound departed in parts of northern B.C., the province filled in with a publicly funded bus service pilot project, and Trevena says she isn't ruling out Crown-backed bus service across the province.

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.

Ontario-based Kasper Transportation, which provides service to Northwest Ontario and Manitoba, announced expansion plans Tuesday.

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

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

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