BC considering all options to replace Greyhound services


Maritime Bus-created six years ago due to failing bus services in Atlantic Canada, Maritime Bus president Mike Cassidy has expressed he might be interested in expanding to Western Canada. "Especially in communities and regions like ours where transportation options are limited at best".

Services will run until the end of October.

A drop in ridership in the provinces is the main reason for the cancellation of routes and job cuts at Greyhound, citing declining ridership and increasing costs an "ongoing spiral" that's making it impossible for the company to continue operations.

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 vehicle ownership as some of the factors that led to the decision.

Possible measures to ensure transportation remains available could include support for local entrepreneurs to take advantage of the hole Greyhound's departure will leave, North said, but Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler told the Canadian Press there will be no financial aid from the provincial government.

She said the province has already issued grants to help bus routes get going between some smaller communities, and her government will now look to expand those programs or find other ideas to help Albertans get around. "It shouldn't come as a surprise that we've had problems but there was no funding commitment at that time", he said.

Pacific Western Transportation-based out of Calgary, Pacific Western Transportation runs services in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territory, Saskatchewan, and Ontario and also owns Red Arrow Motorcoach, operating out of Alberta. "The Greyhound bus service for many, many generations has served as the principle mode of transportation for our people".

"At no point did Greyhound reach out to me, or my staff, to have a conversation on solutions to keep people connected - something I would have expected, given their long history in this province".

"I think the government should make it easier for investors", he said.

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.

This also poses a very grave risk to public safety, forcing many in remote and Indigenous communities to turn to less safe modes of transportation. He said he uses Greyhound to ship parts to other cities, and expects his costs will go up if he needs to use another service.