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Greyhound Package Business In Western Canada Ripe For Replacement By Other Firms

14 July 2018

"The decline in ridership that led to the hard decision that Greyhound Canada took this week regarding its routes in Western Canada was not due to any single incident", the statement said.

The national motor coach carrier is discontinuing service west of Sudbury, effective October 31, as part of massive nation-wide cuts in Ontario and Western Canada.

A 2009 first-quarter report for STC said the Crown company lost 8.5 per cent of its ridership after the Greyhound beheading.

Greyhound Canada did not respond by press time about how many jobs would be impacted at the Grande Prairie location.

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She says she hopes local operators see this as an opportunity, and adds the Passenger Transportation Board will be looking at making inter-city bus applications that plan to replace Greyhound services a priority.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu was surprised to hear the shocking announcement saying it's bad news.

"It's going to affect a lot of people (who will be) very, very isolated, especially the vulnerable people who have to deal with poverty and mental health and physical health issues that need treatment", Okemaysim-Sicotte said.

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.

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"What should have happened was STC and the government could have taken a look at how they could have better utilized the public service that they were providing, whatever that could have meant", she said.

In total, 107 communities in Alberta will lose service.

"I think the government should make it easier for investors", he said. UBER, now one of the biggest people transport companies in the world, must be examining ways of providing a rural UBER passenger service.

All Greyhound routes in Ontario and Quebec will continue to operate except for one: the Trans-Canada, which links a number of smaller communities between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Ont. 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. "When our average load on each schedule is in the single digits, it's just not sustainable and we don't see that trend reversing", said Kendrick, who's been with the company for 31 years.

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The recent Greyhound cancellations would create a massive gap in transit services and leave many communities stranded. Aren't Western Canadians in general travelling much more than they ever used to?

Greyhound Package Business In Western Canada Ripe For Replacement By Other Firms