Greyhound Canada is pulling out of several provinces including British Columbia and Alberta.
The company said Monday it is cancelling most passenger and freight service in British Columbia after Oct. 31 of this year due to a 41 per cent drop in ridership across the country since 2010.
The only service left on the West Coast will be Vancouver to Seattle, which is operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc. (USA) and BoltBus.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October,” the company’s senior vice president said in a press release. “We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.”
Service in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is also winking out.
All routes in Ontario and Quebec will continue unchanged, aside from the Trans-Canada service west of Sudbury in northern Ontario, which we will exit.
Greyhound Canada will continue to serve the following corridors:
- Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-New York
- Toronto-Niagara Falls-Buffalo-New York
- Toronto-Barrie, Toronto-Guelph/Kitchener/Cambridge, and all other southern Ontario services.
Customers can find additional information by visiting www.greyhound.ca or calling 1-800-661-8747.
The company blamed “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.”