Province adds up cost of ending STC service

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Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces

"Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes".

"This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service", Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

"If I weren't able to take the bus for this trip, I wouldn't have a choice but to hitchhike across the country because the planes or trains are very expensive compared to the bus", said Fortier, who is from Quebec and is visiting as many Canadian cities as he can while journeying back to his home province.

A company based in northwestern Ontario says it's ready to fill some of the gaps in service left by Greyhound in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

It could potentially spell the end of public transit service in Thompson, which contracted Greyhound to drive, maintain and store two city-owned buses.

"In the meantime, I hope that other local, private operators will see an opportunity to bring a badly needed service to the parts of the province most affected by Greyhound's decision", Trevena said.

In December, the company outlined its problems in its application to the Passenger Transportation Board to cancel northern routes.

A drop in ridership in the provinces is the main reason for the cancellation of routes and job cuts at Greyhound, citing declining ridership and increasing costs an "ongoing spiral" that's making it impossible for the company to continue operations. The only route that will continue to run in from Seattle to Vancouver.

She added that Greyhound did not inform the provincial government of its plans to shut down. "When our average load on each schedule is in the single digits, it's just not sustainable and we don't see that trend reversing", said Kendrick, who's been with the company for 31 years.

"(It) would be a number of years ago when there was that murder on the bus in Manitoba", Joe Hargrave said Friday.

"The business model seems to be broken", Maloney said.

"The lack of safe transportation in and out of communities creates more vulnerability for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people by encouraging travellers to resort to less safe means of transportation such as hitch hiking or walking unsafe highways", the association said.

He also urged Trudeau to listen to those anxious about safety, citing the notorious stretch of B.C. highway known as the Highway of Tears, a region where many Indigenous women have gone missing.

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