IN THE MEDIA: Greyhound scampering from Western Canada

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Greyhound Canada announced a few days ago that it is halting passenger bus and freight services in Western Canada, eliminating all routes but one in B.C. (Vancouver to Seattle, Washington).

The decision means a complete elimination of Greyhound passenger bus and freight service for all communities in the East Kootenay.

“This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service. But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada — specifically Western Canada — are just not sustainable anymore,” Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick told The Canadian Press.

It is expected that more than 400 jobs will be lost and about two million consumers will be impacted.

The route cancellations will take effect at the end of October.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski said the route cancellations will produce unacceptable hardship for those in his riding.

“We have over 50 communities in our riding of Kootenay-Columbia, and it’s common for people to need to travel between communities for school, for work, or for family and other needs. Not everyone can afford a car, nor should they. Canadians are dependent on affordable transit alternatives like commercial bus lines. It is unacceptable that the bus will no longer be an option for our citizens. I am writing the Minister of Transportation to determine what we can do to ensure that affordable transportation continues to exist, here and across Canada,” he stated.

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