MINISTER of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena on Wednesday said that Greyhound’s decision to cut service in northern and interior British Columbia is unfortunate. She noted that people rely on Greyhound’s long-haul, inter-city bus service to get to and from major cities.
Trevena was responding to the Passenger Transportation Board’s decision to allow Greyhound Canada to reduce and eliminate long-haul bus service on routes in B.C.
She said: “Eliminating and reducing service along rural and remote routes will leave people vulnerable, particularly Indigenous communities, women, seniors, children and those living with disabilities.”
Trevena said that in the coming weeks, she will be speaking to local elected officials, First Nations and others affected by Greyhound’s upcoming service changes, so that they can deliver long-term solutions that work for everyone.
She said: “It is vital that people throughout the province have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation. In the short term, my ministry will be working with Greyhound to ensure buses remain running as we work with communities to develop long-term, viable solutions that address people’s needs.
“We will be working closely with communities to find safe, reliable and affordable long-haul ground transportation – particularly in the North – to ensure continued bus service remains in place for those who depend on it.”