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Greyhound Files to Discontinue Services In Northern BC and Vancouver Island

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Greyhound announced that they have filed applications to discontinue service to four routes in Northern British Colombia and one on Vancouver Island.

The news comes as the company says that the number of passengers traveling on these routes has dropped a staggering 51 per cent over the years and the population in rural communities continues to drop.

In addition, costs have increased for Greyhound to function as service to these areas.

The company is also facing competition for subsidized services. from The Prince George Citizen notes that, “For years now, Northern Health has provided a bus service to rural residents who have out-of-town medical appointments in northern B.C. and in Vancouver. And, in late June, B.C. Transit launched a new service connecting Prince George to Burns Lake and Smithers along Highway 16 West, known as the Highway of Tears.”

Greyhound To Discontinued 5 Routes

The following routes may be discontinued:

  • Victoria to Nanaimo
  • Prince George to Prince Rupert
  • Prince George to Valemount
  • Prince George to Dawson Creek
  • Dawson Creek to Whitehorse

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While costs for the company have increased, there are still many people that will be adversely affected by the changes. Greyhound says that they deeply regret any negative outcomes that will result from issuing this filing.

Approximately 40 staff who operate these northern routes will be affected by the changes.

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