Meetings Planned to Talk About Greyhound Service Cuts
Prince George, B.C. – A late resolution to the UBCM has been unanimously supported by members of Prince George City Council. The resolution calls for the Passenger Transportation Board to decline Greyhound’s application and ensure that BC’s transportation network remains fully connected, to achieve our province’s collective public safety, economic, social, and environmental goals”.
“We just learned of Greyhound’s plans recently, past the deadline for submitting resolutions” says Mayor Lyn Hall but because it is an emerging issue, there is a level of confidence that it will be allowed on the delegation floor for a vote by delegates.
Hall says there are plans to bring the issue forward to the Ministry of Transportation reps who will be attending the Union of BC Municipalities conference next week “We hope we can meet with the Minister just to talk about the impacts that will occur in the northern and central part of the province as a result of this”.
Greyhound’s application is to suspend service on a number of routes including:
- Prince George to Prince Rupert,
- Prince George to Valemount,
- Prince George to Dawson Creek.
- Dawson Creek to Whitehorse and
- Victoria to Nanaimo.
Hall says they also hope to meet with the Vice President of Greyhound who is responsible for operations in Western Canada “We will try to coordinate that. As we know, this request is now before the Transportation Board of B.C. but we don’t expect a decision for a while, so we’ve got some time here.”
Members of Council expressed their support for the resolution,. “For some communities, there are no other inter city travel options” said Councillor Murry Krause “So I think it’s really important that we work with Greyhound and try to stop their moving forward on stopping to serve those routes.”
Councillor Garth Frizzell says there have been a number of letters from the public, including one which said the Transportation Board needs to make sure there are viable, convenient , safe and frequent options. “That safety part is critical” says Frizzell, “So when they make an application to change its license to remove service to the north, I hope this resolution will help change some minds.”
Greyhound says it plans to continue its freight business to the communities, something Councillor Jillian Merrick says is strange “There would be nothing more insulting than to watch a Greyhound bus go by full of packages and not allow people to board.”