Passenger Transportation Board expected to rule on Greyhound application to stop serving Northeast B.C.

The Greyhound bus station in Fort St. John. File photo.

VICTORIA, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. is expected to deliver its decision today on Greyhound’s application to cease service on four Northern B.C. routes.

Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.

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During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. Greyhound Canada’s lawyer David Blair explained during a hearing in Fort St. John that the only reason the company has been able to serve rural and remote communities is by also maintaining licenses on more profitable routes.

The company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit.

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