Reaction was swift and negative after Greyhound announced they want to stop northern service.
While the company sites alternative means of transportation and low ridership as reasons for the withdrawal of service, there are a lot of people who disagree with their argument.
Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc says the highway 16 shuttle service along with the Northern Health Patient Transport are not sufficient to replace Greyhound. She notes the health connector is just that, to move patients from “a “to “b” and then back to “a” for medical treatment, it isn’t meant to be a shopping excursion service. As far as the shuttle service, the mayor points out it’s to operate just a few times per week
Leclerc also points out Greyhound not only transports passenger, it is also a main freight service and businesses in the area agree. Many use the freight services and without that they would face more difficulty and certainly higher costs if they have to use another service such as commercial hauling companies.
It has been suggested that perhaps Greyhound should look at its current level of service and overcome the falling ridership by instituting such things as using smaller vehicles or better scheduling involving fewer or possibly more stops.
Mayor of Smithers Taylor Bachrach says although he is disappointed in Greyhound announcing the end of service, he fully understands. No business can run for very long if they are weighted down by a deficit. He feels the province should be making sure those who chose to live in rural northern locations shouldn’t have to sacrifice their ability to be mobile.
While Bachrach says he thinks there are options open to Greyhound, he isn’t too optimistic that the company will change its plan.
Many of those affected by the announcement have written the provincial passenger transportation board voicing their disapproval and others are being urged to follow suit.
Greyhound says if the board approves their plan the service would cease in the north early next year.