Grey­hound seeks fur­ther route cuts in B.C.

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VAN­COU­VER — Just weeks af­ter Grey­hound Canada asked for per­mis­sion to cut a num­ber of routes in Bri­tish Columbia, the com­pany has ap­plied to chop or change even more its bus routes through­out the prov­ince.

Doc­u­ments on the B.C. Pas­sen­ger Trans­porta­tion Board web­site show Grey­hound has ap­plied to elim­i­nate a to­tal of nine routes, in­clud­ing Prince Ru­pert to Prince Ge­orge and Daw­son Creek to the Yukon bound­ary.

Ad­di­tional routes that Grey­hound hopes to aban­don in­clude one from the Univer­sity En­dow­ment Lands in Van­cou- ver to Whistler, and Victoria to Van­cou­ver. Peter Hamel, Western Canada re­gional vice-pres­i­dent for Grey­hound Canada, said in a state­ment that the com­pany will be meet­ing with north­ern B.C. may­ors at their re­quest in Oc­to­ber to pro­vide de­tails on the pro­posed cuts.

Hamel said may­ors were no­ti­fied on Sept. 13 and no­tice of the changes is also be­ing posted at the lo­cal agen­cies so that the pub­lic can sub­mit ques­tions.

The com­pany has also ap­plied to scale back the fre­quency of 10 routes in­clud­ing those link­ing Van­cou­ver to Pem­ber­ton, Kelowna, Osoy­oos, Prince Ge­orge and the Al­berta bound­ary.

Sev­eral other routes through the south­ern In­te­rior and Sim­ilka­meen are also slated for ser­vice re­duc­tions, with Grey­hound ap­ply­ing to trim twice-daily ser­vice be­tween Kam­loops and Kelowna, via Ver­non, to twice a week.

In Au­gust, Grey­hound de­fended its ap­pli­ca­tion to stop ser­vice along High­way 16, the so-called High­way of Tears, cit­ing high costs and low rid­er­ship, but Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta says Grey­hound, not small com­mu­ni­ties, is re­spon­si­ble for the ser­vice re­duc­tions.

“Slowly I am see­ing a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of ser­vice to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through no fault of our own but through ques­tion­able man­age­ment de­ci­sions on the part of Grey­hound,” Ranta says.

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