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"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.

"It's going to impact about 415 people and that's a combination of drivers and ticket employees and maintenance staff and management staff as well across the country", said Kendrick.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said its citizens rely on Greyhound "heavily" - especially for medical appointments.

It also explains why Greyhound seemed content at its "temporary" bus station in some moose pasture (the VIA Rail terminal) out by the Yellowhead and 122 Street, having moved after the downtown bus station land was sold to Daryl Katz's ICE District development company.

Rural areas could be the hardest hit by the loss of Greyhound buses. "It's just the routes are not viable and ridership's at a point where it's not sustainable long term".

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While Greyhound didn't get a subsidy it appears the answer for other private operators is "maybe". UBER, now one of the biggest people transport companies in the world, must be examining ways of providing a rural UBER passenger service. The only route that will continue to run in B.C.is from Seattle to Vancouver.

On Wednesday, the Passenger Transportation Board said it will allow operators who want to begin servicing routes vacated by Greyhound to jump to the front of the application line.

Saskatchewan shut down the government-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co., or STC, in last year's austerity budget due to what the province said was a consistent drop in people taking the bus. While many communities have bus service alternatives, Greyhound's decision to cancel its service will leave some communities in Alberta without a bus link to other cities.

And its property at 100 Woolridge St., next to Ikea, will also be put up for sale after the business closes October 31, a company spokesperson told The Tri-City News today (Tuesday). In contrast, the Red Arrow bus service between major cities, offered individual comfort closer to first-class than economy.

Kendrick said despite the announcement being regrettable, it was a business decision that had to be made. We know that the risks for woman and girls on the highways, as illustrated on the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, are great, and has directly contributed to the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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