Greyhound applying to reduce route frequency in Peace Region

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Greyhound says it lost $14.1 million on its scheduled passenger operations in B.C. between April 2011 and March 2012, losses it calls "unsustainable" in its application to the B.C. Passenger Board. The company attributes the losses to a number of factors, including increasingly high costs of fuel and maintenance, a reduction in ridership, and competition from B.C. Transit and the Interior and Northern Health Connections buses. It also places part of the blame on an "inflexible provincial regulatory regime" that it says prevents the company from responding to market and economic changes quickly.

Should their application be approved, Greyhound expects it will be able to save approximately $6.75 million annually. The proposed changes would see the minimum trips on Route G between Dawson Creek and the Alberta border reduced from a minimum of 2 a day to 1 and minimum weekly trips down to 14 from 28. Trips on Route I1 Dawson Creek to Fort St. John en route to Fort Nelson would be reduced from a weekly minimum of 30 to 14, keeping a minimum of 1 per day. Route J from Dawson Creek to Prince George would see a reduction in minimum trips from 24 a week to 14, with a minimum of 1 per day.

Public comment on the application is being accepted until October 17, 2012. Feedback can be submitted by mail, fax or email, quoting application # 305-12/Route G, I1 or J for Peace Region routes.

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To mail, send to: B.C. Passenger Transportation Board
Box 9850 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9T5

To fax, send to: 250-953-3788

To email, send to: ptboard@gov.bc.ca

The full application is available for download below.

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