Greyhound pulls out of Western Canada

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Greyhound will now operate in the southern and eastern Ontario with service to Montreal, Buffalo and NY.

PRINCE GEORGE- Nearly 5 months after Greyhound Canada announced it will eliminate passenger service in Northern BC, it announced it will no longer provide any service in western Canada.

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena has said she was taken by surprise over Greyhound's announcement and nothing is off the table when it comes to restoring service, including subsidized bus routes.

Numbers started to decline again in 2012, beginning a steady drop in riders until the company's closure in 2017.

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.

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said he thinks Greyhound's decision to cancel all freight and passenger service in the province is "pretty drastic".

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was surprised to hear the shocking announcement saying it's awful news.

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Kendrick cited decreasing ridership (a 41 per cent decline since 2010), competition with other passenger transportation services, and the growing popularity of low-priced airline travel and auto ownership as some of the factors that led to the decision.

"Greyhound has been cutting back service to rural areas for years due to lack of ridership and profitability ..."

"What should have happened was STC and the government could have taken a look at how they could have better utilized the public service that they were providing, whatever that could have meant", she said. "The Greyhound bus service for many, many generations has served as the principle mode of transportation for our people".

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said its citizens rely on Greyhound "heavily" - especially for medical appointments.

In a July 9 news release, Greyhound said all routes in Ontario and Quebec "remain unchanged", with the exception of a huge swath of territory on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Sudbury to Sault Ste.

Kendrick said he understands that the decision will leave most of the affected communities with no other transportation options.

On Wednesday, the Passenger Transportation Board said it will allow operators who want to begin servicing routes vacated by Greyhound to jump to the front of the application line. Aren't Western Canadians in general travelling much more than they ever used to?

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