Greyhound shutting down outside Ontario and Quebec

2018-07-10

in Canada, Economics, Travel

I got an email from Greyhound which confirmed recent headlines:

We are permanently cancelling all Greyhound Canada services in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

In British Columbia, we are cancelling all services as well.

This is a shame both for me personally and in general.

It means the train is now the only available low-carbon travel option from Toronto or Ottawa to Vancouver, making a repeat of my bus-based Low Carbon Cross Country (LC^3T) trip impossible after the end of October.

It also makes remote communities and their inhabitants more isolated and vulnerable, especially for people who lack the credentials or vehicle access to drive. It also seems to represent a breakdown in the idea that Canada ought to be connected as an entity, especially alongside the high cost and low frequency of rail services.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

. July 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

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. July 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

2 Canadian bus companies say they want to fill void left by Greyhound

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. July 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm

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