The Passenger Transportation Board will take a road trip before it decides the fate of Greyhound’s northern BC bus routes.
The Board has announced public hearings in communities that will be directly affected by the company’s proposed service cuts, including those along the Highway of Tears.
In late August, Greyhound Canada applied to the Board to eliminate nine routes, including the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert and Highway 97 from Prince George to Dawson Creek.
- Prince George December 11, 2017
- Terrace December 12, 2017
- Smithers December 13, 2017
- Fort. St. John December 14, 2017
“Public meetings will allow the Passenger Transportation Board to hear directly from individuals and community representatives about their transportation use and how the proposed changes could affect them,” said PT Board Catharine Read in a news release.
The Board will also hear from Greyhound Canada which has cited increased competition and more public transit as reasons for wanting to ditch the routes.
The application prompted strong pushback by northern BC residents and political leaders.
The Passenger Transportation Board says it has received more than 220 written comments about the proposal and 1700 form letter emails directly related to elimination of the Highway 16 routes.
The PTB says it will make a final decision in early 2018.