News of Greyhound Canada bus services being discontinued in Western Canada is being felt in areas heavily reliant on the service, especially for people in rural areas without many other options for travel.
Greyhound announced Monday that come October 31st, they will stop all passenger and freight bus services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and all but one route in BC.
The company said the reason for the cancellation is because ridership has declined by 41 percent since 2010.
Jim Rennie, owner of the Dynamic Group that manages the Greyhound service in Whitecourt, says the news is a serious issue and very unfortunate for those who rely on the bus service in the Whitecourt area. He says he sees a lot of seniors and young people like students riding the Whitecourt route.
In terms of the company’s claim about declining numbers, Rennie notes the cancellation is unfair to places where ridership does well, such as in Whitecourt.
The Whitecourt Greyhound route is the only bus service route available from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, making the cancellation a blow to communities along Highway 43.
Rennie says he, as well as the rest of the industry, were not told about the decision ahead of the announcement, only hearing about the news from the media reports on Monday.
He hopes that either the Provincial or Federal governments can do something moving forward to help people out.