Greyhound Hopes to Put the Brakes on Northern Routes
Prince George, B.C. – Citing low ridership and subsidized transportation services, Greyhound Canada has proposed discontinuing five routes – including four in northern B.C.
The company has filed an application with the BC Passenger Transportation Board and is targeting the following routes:
- Victoria to Nanaimo
- Prince George to Prince Rupert
- Prince George to Valemount
- Prince George to Dawson Creek
- Dawson Creek to Whitehorse
“This decision is a regrettably unavoidable response to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by diminishing ridership, escalating costs and increased competition from publicly subsidized services,” said the company in a statement.
“Despite significant efforts over the past several years to reduce costs as well as other measures to adapt to the market, the status quo is no longer sustainable.”
While the request is under review, Greyhound says it will continue to offer service on all routes adding it doesn’t foresee any changes in 2017.
Subject to the outcome of the PTB’s review, it doesn’t anticipate changes would go into effect until early next year.
Greyhound says ridership on the routes proposed to be discontinued have dropped by 51 per cent since 2010. Province-wide, the company says its ridership has dropped 46 per cent over the same time period.
If the proposed changes are approved, the company says it would provide it with the flexibility to make frequent changes in the future to match customer demand.