Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Greyhound shutdown 'pretty drastic' move that will hurt rural Albertans, minister says

Greyhound Canada Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces
Jean Garcia | 14 July, 2018, 07:45

Kendrick calls the cancellation of Greyhound Canada's bus service in western Canada is an unfortunate decision for the company, its staff and its loyal customer base.

"We never argued with that, we just said 'if that's what you feel is right.' Because we wanted to make sure that those employees were right", said Hargrave.

A 2009 first-quarter report for STC said the Crown company lost 8.5 per cent of its ridership after the Greyhound beheading.

"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", the statement said. It had become a hide-bound, unappealing, inflexible company whose demise in Western Canada was as much its own making as it was trends to which the bus line did not respond.

Chichak also expressed concerned that the cancellation of Greyhound's freight service will have an impact on rural businesses.

Greyhound Canada is pulling out of several provinces including British Columbia and Alberta.

The statement pointed to what the company characterizes as a "challenging transportation environment" in rural areas, including an increase in competition and vehicular travel.

"The business model seems to be broken", Maloney said. One of the ideas it proposed was for government to set up a "connecting communities fund".

Conor McGregor Is Immortalized in $66k Marble Statue
The piece will be on display to the public at the JD Malat Gallery until September 30 before it is gifted to McGregor. Askelovic - better known as Aspencrow - spent five months handcrafting the 100kg sculpture from photographs alone.

When the changes take effect at the end of October, Ontario and Quebec will be the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo will continue to grace Canadian highways.

Trevena, however, characterized the suggested that proposal as "effectively a fund to subsidize Greyhound".

The Toronto route to Sudbury will continue, but not go beyond that stop. The company could expand into smaller towns that are left stranded without Greyhound.

After Greyhound's latest announcement, the B.C. Minister of Transportation said she hoped private operators would be able to replace Greyhound in the rest of the province.

That said, there is government obligation to ensure ALL Canadians can travel from their homes to urban centres for medical care and to access other essential services.

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.

Alberta's Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Monday that Greyhound's decision is an issue of "national importance".

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