Alberta bus company applies to take over Greyhound bus routes in BC

Sep 21 2018, 10:40 pm

An Alberta bus company announced this week it has applied to take over operation of BC bus routes that will soon be left without Greyhound service.

The company, Ebus said that its application to the Passenger Transportation Board to start operating routes in BC has been posted and is pending decision.

Those routes include:

  • Kelowna – Vancouver
  • Kamloops – Vancouver
  • Kelowna – Kamloops

Ebus is owned and operated under the Pacific Western Transportation Group of Companies, the largest privately-owned people transportation enterprise in Canada.

Application filed after Greyhound announces departure

Earlier this year, Greyhound Canada announced that it will only continue one route in BC and cancel all bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The decision is due to a “challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities,” said Greyhound, in a statement.

The company says it is facing “increased competition” from subsidized national and inter-regional transportation services.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October. We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers,” said Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President, Greyhound Canada.

Kendrick added that Greyhound Canada ridership has dropped nearly 41% across the country since 2010.

“Simply put, we can no longer operate unsuitable routes.”

Greyhound says the changes will go into effect on October 31, 2018.

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