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14 July 2018, 07:43 | Hattie Nash
The effects of Greyhound Canada's decision to shut down all of its routes in Western Canada apart from one cross-border bus in B.C. will have especially pronounced effects in Northern Manitoba, where many residents rely on the bus to get to medical appointment.
According to Kendrick, the company has experienced a 40 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, a reduction Greyhound Canada attributes to increased competition by subsidized carriers and the continued migration of Canadians from small towns to larger urban centres.
After losing 41% of their ridership since 2010, Greyhound has made a decision to discontinue almost all routes in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
In retrospect, of course Greyhound wasn't interested in returning to a central location - not when its top brass knew the company's presence in all Western Canada was fast ending.
Rural areas could be the hardest hit by the loss of Greyhound buses.
The B.C. Government is now operating the B.C. Bus North with service between Prince George and Fort St. John.
According to the website, ridership has dropped nearly 41 per cent across Canada sing 2010.
"We might be hopeful that some other aspect of the private sector may start stepping up and filling the void". While many communities have bus service alternatives, Greyhound's decision to cancel its service will leave some communities in Alberta without a bus link to other cities.
In a Facebook post, it said it will be offering service from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Ont., Thompson, Man., Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask., starting October 31 - the day Greyhound shuts down its western operation.
Inquiries to the Northern Regional Health Authority regarding what a lack of bus service would mean to the northern patient transportation program had not been returned as of press time. That's when Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, stabbed and beheaded Tim McLean aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba.
"The recent announcement although not surprising will have a huge impact on those that need the service the most", he said.
Trevena criticized the company for not communicating its plans sooner, and said "at no point did Greyhound reach out to me, or my staff, to have a conversation on solutions to keep people connected-something I would have expected, given their long history in this province".
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