Greyhound Canada cancelling service

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Greyhound Canada will be closing its passenger bus and freight services in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (British Columbia will maintain a lone Vancouver-to-Seattle route).

Kendrick said 415 people will be out of work as a result of the decision, which he estimates will impact roughly two million consumers.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October", said Stuart Kendrick, senior vice president, Greyhound Canada, in a press release.

According to Kendrick, the company has experienced a 40 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, a reduction Greyhound Canada attributes to increased competition by subsidized carriers and the continued migration of Canadians from small towns to larger urban centres.

In shutting down, the company is blaming a 41 per cent 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. "It shouldn't come as a surprise that we've had problems but there was no funding commitment at that time", he said.

On Monday Greyhound Canada announced it will be axing its transport services in Western Canada, citing declining ridership as the primary reason for a crumbling business model.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said replacement options for the bus system are being explored. "Given the extent of the announcement we will have to again examine our options that would fall between the extremes of no service to continuing to run what we now have at the cost of the operation".

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"We've seen in the last eight to 10 years a complete spiralling down of our ridership".

In retrospect, of course Greyhound wasn't interested in returning to a central location - not when its top brass knew the company's presence in all Western Canada was fast ending.

In December, the company outlined its problems in its application to the Passenger Transportation Board to cancel northern routes.

"It is already well documented that our citizens have to ride the bus for hours, some longer than 14 hours, in order to see a doctor".

The move eliminates public transportation between communities in many places.

The only route still operating in Northeast B.C.is the Edmonton to Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down. 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.

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