PRINCE GEORGE - BC's Passenger Transportation Board has amended Greyhound's licence in British Columbia, allowing the bus company to virtually pull out of northern BC.
Under the ruling announced today, bus routes running north, east and west out of Prince George will be eliminated as of June 1st. However, Greyhound will be allowed to immediately reduce the frequency of its northern BC routes. The six routes span about 70% of the province’s landmass. Greyhound had proposed eliminating all 6 routes from its license last year.
The only Greyhound presence in northern BC will be a route that runs between Vancouver and Prince George and another route that runs between Dawson Creek and northern Alberta.
In total 9 BC routes have been eliminated by the Board while Greyhound can reduce the frequency of 10 other BC routes from 4 trips weekly to 2 trips weekly.
BC Transportation Board Chair Catharine Read, and members Mary Sjostrom and William H. Bell made up the panel that issued the decision. Sjostrom is a former mayor of Quesnel.
During public hearings, Greyhound said passenger demand for bus services had declined by 46% since 2010, and 30% over the past 5 years. The busy company reported financial data that showed its cross-subsidization business model for the province, no longer work. It reported that once profitable routes were now operating with losses. It told the Board, it will stop providing service in B.C. if it cannot make a profit.
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