Greyhound allowed to cancel northern B.C. service



Passenger Transportation Board members William Bell, Catherine Read, and Mary Sjostrom listen to presentations on Greyhound's application to cut several routes in northern B.C. Bill Phillips photo
Passenger Transportation Board members William Bell, Catherine Read, and Mary Sjostrom listen to presentations on Greyhound’s application to cut several routes in northern B.C. last fall in Prince George.

Greyhoud bus service in northern B.C. will soon be a thing of the past.

The Passenger Transportation Board has approved Greyhound’s application to stop serving communities in northern B.C. by the beginning of June. It has approved the elimination of run from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson, Fort Nelson to the Yukon border, Dawson Creek to Prince George, Prince George to Fort St. James, Prince Rupert to Prince George and from Prince George to the Alberta border.

“These routes or route segments have extremely low ridership and very large operating losses that significantly impair Greyhound’s financial viability,” states the rationale in the board’s decision. “Greyhound is a for profit company. A review of the company’s financial information demonstrates that the cross-subsidization model of the past no longer holds true. There are insufficient profits on the profitable routes to subsidize its losses on these routes. Greyhound states that by eliminating 1.6 million scheduled miles in the province, it will be able to retain 3.7 million scheduled miles in B.C. Keeping a viable inter-city passenger bus service in at least some parts of the province is preferable to no service from Greyhound.”

The service between Prince George to Vancouver will remain, but be allowed to only run four times a week, two trips in each direction.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena says the decision is unfortunate and that the province ensure Greyhound keeps operating until alternatives are found.

“Eliminating and reducing service along rural and remote routes will leave people vulnerable, particularly Indigenous communities, women, seniors, children and those living with disabilities,” she said.

She said she will be speaking to elected officials, First Nations and others affected by Greyhound’s upcoming service changes.

“It is vital that people throughout the province have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation,” she said. “In the short term, my ministry will be working with Greyhound to ensure buses remain running as we work with communities to develop long-term, viable solutions that address people’s needs.

“We will be working closely with communities to find safe, reliable and affordable long-haul ground transportation – particularly in the North – to ensure continued bus service remains in place for those who depend on it.”