"The decline in ridership that led to the hard decision that Greyhound Canada took this week regarding its routes in Western Canada was not due to any single incident", Stuart Kendrick, senior-vice president of Greyhound Canada, said in a statement provided to CBC. "Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes".
In a statement, the company called the decision "regrettable", blaming it on declining ridership in rural communities, increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the entry of low-priced carriers, regulatory constraints, and increased vehicle travel.
Claire Trevena says her staff have convened a meeting where she and other ministers will discuss different approaches the provinces are considering and ways they can work together.More news: British Diver Who Helped Rescue Trapped Boys in Thailand Returns to UK
"Given the developments today, we need the federal government to step up and come up with a national solution that keeps Canadians connected across the country", Mason said in an email statement. "We have had substantial losses over several years as a direct result of declining ridership". "The Greyhound bus service for many, many generations has served as the principle mode of transportation for our people".
Kendrick said the decision will leave most of the affected communities with no other transportation options.
"I automatically think of 2012", Cassidy said, referring to the parallel between Acadian Lines shutting down and the news from Greyhound. "How will they get access to adequate health care now?" said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
In a July 9 news release, Greyhound said all routes in Ontario and Quebec "remain unchanged", with the exception of a huge swath of territory on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Sudbury to Sault Ste.More news: HTC Banking on Blockchain Phone ‘Exodus’ for Survival
The move eliminates public transportation between communities in many places.
He also urged Trudeau to listen to those anxious about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing. British Columbia will be left with the one aforementioned route between Vancouver and Seattle.
North said Greyhound Canada's announcement will make vulnerable people who rely on others for transportation "even more vulnerable". "When our average load on each schedule is in the single digits, it's just not sustainable and we don't see that trend reversing", said Kendrick, who's been with the company for 31 years.More news: Dan Martin wins Tour de France stage after attacking window of opportunity