Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Greyhound service in Yorkton shuts down

Greyhound service in Yorkton shuts down

The effects of Greyhound Canada's decision to shut down all of its routes in Western Canada apart from one cross-border bus in B.C. will have especially pronounced effects in Northern Manitoba, where many residents rely on the bus to get to medical appointment. "Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes".

"This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service", Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick told The Canadian Press.

Operations will be completely cut in October in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario as far as Sudbury.

Trevena says talks are underway to figure out what happens when Greyhound disappears entirely.

He said the company has 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.

Job losses are estimated around 400 across Canada. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term".

The move comes as the company downsizes its Canadian business due to a 41% decline in ridership since 2010.

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.

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Cassidy said he and his colleagues at Coach Atlantic Group, based out of Charlottetown, felt a responsibility in 2012 to maintain bus services for Maritimers, which is why they took over for Acadian Lines a day after that company shuttered.

While Greyhound didn't get a subsidy it appears the answer for other private operators is "maybe".

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.

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

Band spokesman Rick Tailfeathers said service has been going downhill since Greyhound stopped service to Fort Macleod, just 30 kilometres away.

Maritime's business model is built around other transport services such as chartering, tour groups, and municipal services in addition to fixed regional routes.

He also urged Trudeau to listen to those anxious about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing.

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