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Northern municipalities aren’t losing Greyhound without a fight
Highway 16 near Prince George, B.C. is shown on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. A bus service that links communities along a notorious stretch of highway in northern British Columbia known as the Highway of Tears will carry passengers by the end of the year, the province's transportation minister said Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Northern municipalities aren’t losing Greyhound without a fight

Members of the Union of BC Municipalities in the north have come together to form a united front against planned cuts to Greyhound passenger service.

The issue will be brought up during the upcoming municipalities convention in Vancouver at the end of this month as they look to get support to have the province step in and prevent the loss of what many considered to be a vital service.

Prince Rupert mayor Lee Brain says a letter has gone out to the provincial government and Greyhound outlining concerns especially cuts to service along highway 16. This letter has been initiated by Prince Rupert city council. Brain points out the minister responsible is on top of the file. He also notes northern transportation is a provincial government responsibility. Brain says bus service is vital along the highway 16 corridor.

Greyhound Canada says there is a lack of passengers and that means the company operates at a loss. But that is apparently not the case for the freight service greyhound provides because the company says that will continue.

Mp Nathan Cullen has gotten involved in the battle over passenger services cut. He says Greyhound operates under a set of guidelines from the provincial government they had to accept. Cullen says he is pretty sure within that framework, there is a commitment that Greyhound must provide services to remote communities. Cullen is also calling upon Victoria to ensure northerner’s are left standing on the side of the road.

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