Attention self advocates with disabilities this news with greyhound Canada shutting down all in BC but one
Greyhound Canada has taken the difficult decision to downsize its operations.
The company has notified all proper authorities of its intention to discontinue some or all service – both passenger and freight — Effective October 31, 2018.
In British Columbia, all routes will cease.
Note: Service between Vancouver and Seattle, which is operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc. (USA) and BoltBus, is unaffected.
Discontinued routes TO and FROM British Columbia
- Calgary – Kelowna – Kamloops – Vancouver
- Vancouver – Whistler – Pemberton
- Prince George – Kamloops
- Osoyoos – Penticton – Kelowna – Kamloops
This decision is regrettable and is due to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities; increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services; the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers; regulatory constraints, and increased car travel.
Greyhound Canada had taken a range of cost reduction steps over the last few years, including frequency adjustments to route schedules and other efficiency measures.
Unfortunately, these actions were insufficient and the downward trajectory continued.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October. We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers.
Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped nearly 41% across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment.
Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.
“We are committed to keeping customers informed and will continue to provide fair and open communications to ensure that adequate notice is given.”
-Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President, Greyhound Canada.
Business as Usual Until October 31, 2018
Important to note: it is business as usual until October 31, 2018 — Greyhound Canada’s operations will continue during the summer period and beyond Thanksgiving.
This news is on website www.greyhound.ca
Further B.C Govt Reaction with a statement regarding Greyhound Buses in Western Canada are shutting down except one in BC
Minister’s statement on Greyhound’s withdrawal of service
Victoria Monday, July 9, 2018 4:00 PM
Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, has issued the following statement in response to news that Greyhound Canada is discontinuing intercity bus service in British Columbia, and much of Canada:
“Greyhound’s decision to completely eliminate service in Western Canada by Oct. 31, 2018, is hugely problematic for people who depend on Greyhound in the Interior, Sea-to-Sky, and to get to and from Alberta. This move will leave people with limited options to get around, and this will likely impact the most vulnerable.
“It’s unfortunate that Greyhound did not communicate their plans sooner. 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.
“In the weeks and months ahead, I will be sitting down with other service providers, the private sector and local government to discuss how we can ensure people have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation to get from one community to the next. In the meantime, I hope that other local, private operators will see an opportunity to bring a badly needed service to the parts of the province most affected by Greyhound’s decision.”
Go to BC Govt Website for this statement.