(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Greyhound Canada has taken the difficult decision to downsize its operations. The company has notified all proper authorities of its intention to discontinue some or all service – both passenger and freight — Effective October 31, 2018 at 11:59PM.
Greyhound is completely exiting Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The bus company will also exit British Columbia, except for a route between Vancouver and Seattle, which is served by its U.S. counterpart. And it will stop running buses in northwestern Ontario.
Some routes will remain in operation in Ontario and Quebec, the last remaining pieces of a once national bus line which has been a service in Canada since 1929.
Greyhound Canada will continue to serve the following corridors:
- Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-New York
- Toronto-Niagara Falls-Buffalo-New York
- Toronto-Guelph/Kitchener/Cambridge, and all other southern Ontario services.
This decision is regrettable and is due to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities; increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services; the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers; regulatory constraints, and increased car travel.
Greyhound Canada had taken a range of cost reduction steps over the last few years, including frequency adjustments to route schedules and other efficiency measures. Unfortunately, these actions were insufficient and the downward trajectory continued.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October. We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers. Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped nearly 41% across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.
“We are committed to keeping customers informed and will continue to provide fair and open communications to ensure that adequate notice is given.” – Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President, Greyhound Canada said in a media release.
Business as Usual Until October 31, 2018
Important to note: it is business as usual until October 31, 2018 at 11:59PM — Greyhound Canada’s operations will continue during the summer period and beyond Thanksgiving.
Greyhound Canada is continuing its discussions with provincial and federal governments about the importance of government investments in rural connectivity.
Source: Greyhound Canada Media Release
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