Greyhound Canada applies to stop serving northern B.C., including ‘Highway of Tears’ Transportation company blames public transit and increased urbanization for proposed change
Greyhound Canada has filed an application to end all its bus runs in northern British Columbia, including on the so-called Highway of Tears, as well as between Victoria and Nanaimo.
In an application filed with the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board Aug. 10, the company blames ride-sharing companies, expanded public transit options and a decline in the number of people living in rural locations for a drop in ridership. The runs Greyhound wants to cease operation are: Victoria to Nanaimo. Prince George to Prince Rupert. Prince George to Valemount.
Prince George to Dawson Creek. Dawson Creek to Whitehorse. “Despite a long-standing series of corrective measures and discussions with regulatory officials, the reality is that we can no longer operate the unsustainable routes, and we are proposing changes that will make other B.C. routes more viable,” Stuart Kendrick, senior vice-president of Greyhound Canada, said in a release. Should the application be approved, the entire northern half of British Columbia would no longer have Greyhound service, including the Highway of Tears, which extends from Prince George to Prince Rupert. That stretch of road has gained notoriety due to the number of women and girls, primarily Indigenous, who have gone missing or been murdered since 1970.