Filling the Greyhound Gap

The Province of BC has announced that other private operators will cover 83% of the routes previously serviced by Greyhound by year’s end. The announcement was made two days prior to the deadline for Greyhound to fully eliminate bus service to western Canadian communities.

BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire Trevena, indicated that the Province is continuing to work with communities and private operators to find new carriers for the remaining 17% of the routes left without service.  BC’s independent tribunal, the Passenger Transportation Board, has been actively soliciting applications for new service providers to fill the gap left by Greyhound.  In addition to the expected new private service providers, the Province announced earlier this summer, BC Bus North, a publicly funded, base level, interim service to cover the majority of northern BC routes previously covered by Greyhound.

Greyhound’s elimination of inter-city bus service in western Canada has continued to be a priority policy matter for UBCM since the announcement was made earlier this year. At the 2018 UBCM Convention, BC local governments endorsed Special Resolution SR2 Greyhound Service Eliminated which specifically called upon the provincial and federal government to work in consultation with local governments, public regulators and operators to establish new, affordable and coordinate transportation services that will ensure the continued movement of passengers and freight across BC and Canada.

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