Victoria ‘deeply concerned’ about Greyhound hopes to pull out of the North

The provincial government has weighed in on Greyhound’s recent application with withdraw services in northern B.C.

“I’m deeply concerned by Greyhound’s application to reduce service between several communities in the North,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena in a statement released today.

Last week Greyhound Canada applied to the Passenger Transportation Board cancel its service along the entire stretch of Highway 16, from the Alberta border to Prince Rupert, and along Highway 97 from Prince George to Dawson Creek and along the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse. The provincial government, with the assistance of local municipalities, last year started a shuttle service along the Highway 16 corridor from Prince George to Prince Rupert.

“As an independent body, the Passenger Transportation Board is required to consider this application and render their decision based on the service needs of these communities, as well as the viability of Greyhound’s business along the route,” said Trevena. “We will follow this application closely and look forward to the Passenger Transportation Board’s review and its final decision. While we await the decision of the board, we will work with local governments to explore all options to support affordable transportation in Northern B.C., including examining how other jurisdictions have successfully preserved rural bus services.”