Greyhound shutting down in Canada

2021-05-13

in Canada, Economics, Politics, Rants, Travel

After shutting down everywhere in Canada except Ontario and Quebec in 2018, Greyhound is now shutting down in Canada completely, aside from some routes across the border by the American company (Toronto to Buffalo and NYC; Montreal to Boston and NYC; Vancouver to Seattle).

When the government is so keen to help out those who drive or fly, I can’t understand why they are willing to let intercity bus services come to an end. Particularly given the safety concerns about hitchhiking or traveling informally in remote areas, I think it would make sense for the government to take over intercity bus services as a nationalized entity if there is no commercial operator willing to do it. With passenger train services as slow, expensive, and infrequent as they are in Canada, there ought to be an option for people unable to afford flying or unwilling to use such an emissions-intensive form of transport.

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. May 14, 2021 at 6:48 pm

Greyhound Canada to end intercity routes in blow to rural communities | Canada | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/13/greyhound-canada-end-routes-rural-communities

. May 14, 2021 at 6:49 pm

‘Devastating news’ for thousands as Greyhound Canada permanently shuts down across the country | The Star

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/05/13/greyhound-canada-suspends-service-on-all-routes-in-ontario-and-quebec.html

. May 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Canadian bus companies have plans to fill the gap left by Greyhound | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/greyhound-bus-column-don-pittis-1.6026564

. May 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

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