Loss of Greyhound will impact patient transportation and Thompson city transit

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All routes, except for the one running Vancouver-Seattle, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba will be cut starting on October 31, leaving many, especially those with low-income and in rural communities, without a reasonable means of transportation.

The Native Women's Association of Canada said in a press release the Greyhound bus routes are sometimes the only safe way for Indigenous women and girls to travel between small Prairie towns. Singh urges the prime minister to take "immediate action" and develop a funding plan that would prevent Greyhound from shutting down crucial routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.

"It's going to impact about 415 people and that's a combination of drivers and ticket employees and maintenance staff and management staff as well across the country", said Kendrick.

"If Greyhound can't make it work, I don't know who can", he said.

Local employees at Greyhound Canada cannot comment on their company's decision or what it means for local bus service.

The loss of Greyhound is also a concern to Canada's largest reserve. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term".

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It could potentially spell the end of public transit service in Thompson, which contracted Greyhound to drive, maintain and store two city-owned buses.

Greyhound never overcame a perception, rightly or wrongly, that its bus service was not a particularly attractive way to travel, that you only rode the Greyhound if you had no other choice financially or logistically.

Greyhound blames a 41 per cent drop in ridership along with a 35 per cent reduction in package shipping since 2010. In contrast, the Red Arrow bus service between major cities, offered individual comfort closer to first-class than economy. In Merritt, for example, the company provided the primary mode of transportation. Those cancellations went into effect June 1.

Maritime's business model is built around other transport services such as chartering, tour groups, and municipal services in addition to fixed regional routes.

Bus North operates twice-weekly on routes in Northern B.C. including between Prince George and Prince Rupert, the so-called Highway of Tears where at least 18 women have been murdered or gone missing after last being seen hitchhiking. "Inherently, when one competitor leaves the market that says to other competitors there's an opportunity to increase costs", added Corrigall", or if they don't increase costs, keep them level and then the lower cost competitor is no longer in the market".

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