PRINCE GEORGE (September 5, 2017) – BC Liberal MLAs say with Greyhound’s application to cancel bus services, the NDP government must take action to ensure northern residents have access to safe, regularly scheduled travel options.
“If the complete cancellation of services is allowed to happen, an entire region of the province will have very few safe transportation options,” says Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “People rely on this service, particularly during the winter season to travel safely between communities for a variety of reasons. No service will be devastating to them – particularly seniors – and leave them with few options. I have already had constituents calling and emailing me expressing their significant concern.”
Bond is calling on Transportation Minister Claire Trevena to immediately sit down with Greyhound officials and find a solution.
“This isn’t the first time the company has threatened to discontinue routes, but solutions were found to keep the service operating until now,” says Bond. “It’s incumbent on the minister to get Greyhound in a room, share the concerns of northern British Columbians and do that immediately.”
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, who has a large portion of Highway 16 running through his riding, says Trevena can’t just throw her hands up and say it’s not her problem. “The minister, the Premier and others will be meeting with First Nations leaders starting tomorrow and these communities deserve better than a ‘sorry, nothing I can do about it’ approach. People in indigenous communities, especially elders, women and youth, rely on safe transportation, as do seniors in Fraser Lake and all along the corridor. Inaction is not an option,” says Rustad.
Greyhound has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board to cancel five routes in British Columbia.