"We recognize Greyhound's surprise withdrawal will leave people with limited options to get around", she says.
In an emailed statement on Tuesday, Senior Vice President Stuart Kendrick said Greyhound had asked the federal and provincial governments to provide a "connectivity fund" to rural and First Nations communities so that they could let private bus companies bid to provide "safe, reliable service" for their citizens. "When the ridership declines, we need to make decisions to take routes out, reduce schedules and it's just to the point now where it's not sustainable any longer".
"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 vehicle travel", the company said in an announcement posted on its website.
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.
"We're going to see if there's an opportunity for a private operator to come in", the minister said Tuesday.
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Pacific Western Transportation-based out of Calgary, Pacific Western Transportation runs services in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territory, Saskatchewan, and Ontario and also owns Red Arrow Motorcoach, operating out of Alberta. "We have had substantial losses over several years as a direct result of declining ridership".
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said its citizens rely on Greyhound "heavily" - especially for medical appointments. "How will they get access to adequate health care now?" said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The only route that will continue to run in B.C.is from Seattle to Vancouver.
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. He said he uses Greyhound to ship parts to other cities, and expects his costs will go up if he needs to use another service.
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.