Private bus subsidies possible after Greyhound nixes B.C. routes

Private bus subsidies possible after Greyhound nixes B.C. routes

Private bus subsidies possible after Greyhound nixes B.C. routes

The cancellations are scheduled to take effect October 31.

She pointed to Vancouver Island, where the company Tofino Bus stepped up in 2013 to replace Greyhound on a route to Campbell River and Courtenay, and again this year when Greyhound cancelled services from Victoria and Duncan.

The federal Department of Indigenous Services told CBC on Tuesday that it was aware the decision would have an impact on First Nations people and would work with other departments, provincial governments, Indigenous people and other stakeholders to find solutions related to medical transportation needs.

Premier Rachel Notley said the federal government should step up to the plate to keep buses running between communities in Canada's west.

This week's announcement caught many government officials off-guard.

It says in a news release that information about intercity bus application requirements is posted on the board's website.

Trevena said she wants to hear from anyone interested in starting new services.

"People rely on this to get to points of employment ... on a week-to-week basis", Kemmere said, noting people also access health care through the bus routes."There's a general concern".

According to the website, ridership has dropped nearly 41 per cent across Canada sing 2010.

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Band spokesman Rick Tailfeathers said service has been going downhill since Greyhound stopped service to Fort Macleod, just 30 kilometres away. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.

"It's going to impact about 415 people and that's a combination of drivers and ticket employees and maintenance staff and management staff as well across the country", said Kendrick.

Greyhound passenger buses provided a vital link between rural small towns and bigger cities.

On Monday, Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, expressed her disappointment with Greyhound's decision.

Grand Chief Sheila North said in the wake of Greyhound's July 9 announcement that it would no longer be doing business in Western Canada after October 31 that the organization, which represents a couple dozen First Nations in Manitoba's north, was extremely concerned by the news, given that vast distances between communities in the region and the high cost of airfare to the province's south make affordable bus service a crucial and possibly life-saving need.

Alternative methods of transportation exist, but few are as economical and convenient as Greyhound.

Saskatchewan shut down the government-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co., or STC, in last year's austerity budget due to what the province said was a consistent drop in people taking the bus.

"As the northernmost major Canadian city and a hub for an terrible lot of important things that happen in Western Canada, it's concerning", Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told reporters just after hearing the news on Monday.

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