A long time national bus service is shutting down. Greyhound Canada announced today that it is cutting all bus routes across the country and shutting down the rest of their inter city service permanently.
The bus company said it will end its remaining routes in Ontario and Quebec effective tomorrow (Thursday).
Its American affiliate, Greyhound Lines, Inc., will continue to operate cross-border routes to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver once the border reopens.
The decision comes a year after Greyhound Canada temporarily suspended all service due to a sharp decline in passengers and mounting travel restrictions amid the first wave of COVID-19. It now says the reduction in ridership over the years along with increased competition and deregulation has led to its demise.
Greyhound operates in Sault Ste. Marie out of a depot on Trunk Road at the Howard Johnson.
The complete loss of so-called farebox revenue during the pandemic has forced the company to permanently cease operations, said Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick.
“It’s been a very tough decision and one we’ve taken with a heavy heart,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview. “It’s been a lifeline for many Canadians for more than 90 years. This will have a massive impact.”
The decision is a blow to rural and remote areas that rely on a patchwork of private intercity bus companies for transportation.