Greyhound, the biggest bus operator in Canada, shuttles 3.5 million passengers a year to 1,100 locations, many of them rural. (CBC)

Greyhound pulling out of western Canada


Greyhound Canada is ending its bus service in the western provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for passengers and freight on October 31st.

In west-coast British Columbia, all but one route will be cancelled on the same day.

The announcement on Monday afternoon, came as a shock to many, although Greyhound has been vocal in recent years about the challenges it had in servicing many of these regions.

The name has been synonymous with getting around in much of Canada, but Greyhound now says it is just not financially viable any longer.

Greyhound passengers put their luggage on a the bus before departing from Vancouver, on Monday July 9, 2018. 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. (CP/Darryl Dyck)

The decision raises questions about the right to transportation and further highlights the divide between urban and rural Canada.

Mark Garneau, the federal transportation minister, has not commented yet, but there are growing demands from the provinces affected, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has joined the voices demanding action to fill the gap Greyhound Canada is leaving.

400 Greyhound workers will lose their job when the buses stop in October.

Other people view the news as a major opportunity. Already, Kasper, a Thunder Bay bus service, has added a new route to Winnipeg, in Manitoba.

And Maritime Bus, a service in eastern Canada, is looking to expanding its service into western Canada.

There have been the other solutions proposed in terms of ride-sharing, van pools and on-demand transit.

(With files from CBC)

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One comment on “Greyhound pulling out of western Canada
  1. Avatar Kenneth Anderson says:

    I am a frequent Greyhound bus rider. My last trip 4 months ago was to Whitehorse, Yukon from Edmonton, Alberta and was a fantastic trip. My suggestion when I heard that Greyhound bus had terminated the schdle as of October. My question is why? Why not cut the one daily route instead twice a day to save your financial. For example, Westbound or eastbound trip between Sudbury to Vancouver, a popular viewing, keep at least twice a day on road., otherwise from Sudbury to Calgary should be limited to one trip each day. I noticed from Calgary to Edmonton, multiple trips can be reduced to 8 trips instead of 12 trips. Yellowhead highway from Winnipeg to Prince Rupert to be lomitd to a one trip daily except from Sasaktoon to Jasper to twice a day. From Prince George to Dawson City and from Dawson City to Whitehorse, Yukon limited to summer peak, then cut off off-peak season (winter) to a trip or two per week, instead of daily trip. Northern part of western Canada, use once a day trip instead of twice a day. I happened to look at the new owners for northern cimmunities such as Thompson to Winnipeg, I can figute it would cost one-way ticket to $111, instead of $130 per ticket per one way, is way too much. I encouraged that Greyhound Canada should continue to operate. I knew that my dream to see Greyhound bus back on track won’t do much better for your line.