Greyhound Canada to end service in Prairies, B.C., eliminating 415 jobs

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Greyhound Canada announced Monday that its cutting its passenger and delivery services in those regions, triggering outrage and apprehension among rural and First Nations communities that rely heavily on the company's long-ubiquitous coaches and shipping services.

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. "When the ridership declines, we need to make decisions to take routes out, reduce schedules and it's just to the point now where it's not sustainable any longer".

The company is blaming a 41% decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-priced airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of vehicle ownership.

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

Looking ahead, she said she will be sitting down with other service providers, the private sector and local government to discuss how people can have access to "safe, reliable and affordable transportation".

She pointed to Vancouver Island, where the company Tofino Bus stepped up in 2013 to replace Greyhound on a route to Campbell River and Courtenay, and again this year when Greyhound cancelled services from Victoria and Duncan.

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Joe Hargrave said his government - which axed the STC previous year - had seen an industry-wide decrease in bus ridership.

"I automatically think of 2012", Cassidy said, referring to the parallel between Acadian Lines shutting down and the news from Greyhound. In Merritt, for example, the company provided the primary mode of transportation.

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.

The cancellations are scheduled to take effect October 31.

It's application said that Greyhound incurred a $12.9-million deficit on its passenger service in B.C.in its fiscal year ending March of 2017, and even with offsetting revenue from its freight service, its overall loss was $4.6 million. That, and increased costs, have created "an ongoing spiral", Greyhound said. 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.

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