Sponsors: Village of McBride
WHEREAS on February 20, 2018, the Passenger Transportation Board approved Greyhound’s application to reduce or eliminate service on several routes in various areas of British Columbia and, effective June 1, 2018 Greyhound will eliminate its inter-city bus service completely on 6 routes in Northern BC;
AND WHEREAS the loss of the Greyhound service in Northern BC will further isolate the communities, intensify passenger safety concerns and increase the hardships that many people are currently experiencing:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA request that the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure immediately address the vital passenger transportation void left by the withdrawal of services by Greyhound in Northern BC.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership endorsed Resolution LR3 in 2017 that requested the Passenger Transportation Board to decline Greyhound’s application to cease operation of selected inter-city bus service and asked the province to “review and strengthen transportation infrastructure and networks across the province...”
In its response the Province indicated that Greyhound is a private company and needs to make decisions based on customer demand in compliance with the terms of their licence and the Passenger Transportation Board but indicated it had urged the Board to conduct public hearings regarding this application.
UBCM notes that prior to 2017-LR3, members have consistently endorsed resolutions asking the provincial and federal governments to ensure that passenger transportation networks throughout BC remain safe, convenient, affordable and accessible (2016-B117, 2010-B15, 2003-B7, 2003-B62). Three of these resolutions focused specifically on passenger rail service.