KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – BC’s Passenger Transportation Board is allowing Greyhound to cut several bus routes around the province, including point-of-service stops between Kamloops and Kelowna.
Points of service that will be eliminated on June 1 include Monte Lake, Westwold, Falkland and Oyama on the Kamloops to Kelowna route.
Greyhound is also allowed to eliminate seven routes in the province effective June 1st, in a bid to address a 51 per cent drop in ridership. Routes, including Vancouver to Victoria and Vancouver to Whistler, will also stop running at the end of May.
BC’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena has issued a statement expressing her disappointment with the reduced routes.
Greyhound’s decision to cut service in northern and interior British Columbia is unfortunate. People rely on Greyhound’s long-haul, inter-city bus service to get to and from major cities.
Eliminating and reducing service along rural and remote routes will leave people vulnerable, particularly Indigenous communities, women, seniors, children and those living with disabilities.
In the coming weeks, I will be speaking to local elected officials, First Nations and others affected by Greyhound’s upcoming service changes, so we can deliver long-term solutions that work for everyone.
It is vital that people throughout the province have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation. In the short term, my ministry will be working with Greyhound to ensure buses remain running as we work with communities to develop long-term, viable solutions that address people’s needs.
We will be working closely with communities to find safe, reliable and affordable long-haul ground transportation — particularly in the North — to ensure continued bus service remains in place for those who depend on it.
Less than a year ago, the province brought in bus service to connect communities along Highway 16, also known as The Highway of Tears.