A resolution will be headed to the Union of BC Municipalities from the City of Prince George with respect to Greyhound service to reduce service on 15 BC routes and cease operations in 11, including service between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
Greyhound has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board to decrease and cease certain operations.
Now, Council will putting forward resolution asking the Board to deny the application.
The resolution reads as follows:
Whereas Greyhound Canada has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) to cease operation of the following inter-city bus routes: Victoria to Nanaimo, Prince George to Prince Rupert, Prince George to Valemount, Prince George to Dawson Creek, and Dawson Creek to Whitehorse;
And whereas in 2012 and 2013, Greyhound Canada received PTB approval to cease operation of a route on Vancouver Island; reduce frequency of service on 15 other routes in BC; and eliminate multiple “route points” (stops) from 11 routes;
And whereas the Bulkley Nechako Regional Transit pilot project along the Highway 16 Corridor is designed to dovetail rather than compete with existing commercial inter-city bus transportation services;
And whereas further reductions in commercial inter-city bus service will have significant public safety, economic, social, and environmental impacts on business, industry, local governments and First Nations throughout British Columbia:
Therefore be it resolved that the Passenger Transportation Board decline Greyhound Canada’s application to cease operation of selected inter-city bus routes, and instead ensure that BC’s transportation network remains fully connected, to achieve our province’s collective public safety, economic, social, and environmental goals;
And be it further resolved that the provincial government review and strengthen transportation infrastructure and networks across the province, enabling British Columbians to support community resilience, diversity and competitiveness; spark and sustain economic growth; and seize opportunities.
Mayor Lyn Hall says he has met with his counterparts in other BC communities and are planning to meet with the Minister responsible for Greyhound during the UBCM convention as well as the Vice President of Greyhound.
Attending via phone, Councillor Susan Scott says she recently visited Saskatchewan, where government recently ended inter-city transportation and she calls the impacts on certain groups, like seniors “criminal. It’s just awful.”
The UBCM convention takes place at the end of September.