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Greyhound opens door for B.C. Bus

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After years of service cuts and declining service quality, Greyhound’s corporate owner (U.K.-based FirstGroup plc) is pulling the plug on bus service in all of Western Canada.

This is a huge threat to communities across British Columbia. But it is also great opportunity to establish a much better publicly owned and operated highway bus network.

As with B.C. Ferries, Via Rail and public transit in urban areas, good highway bus service would require significant public funding. As with urban public transit, highway bus service needs to operate as a unified network, with shared ticketing. A bunch of companies independently operating a few routes each is a recipe for failure.

B.C.’s NDP government has already established a public highway bus service as part of B.C. Transit. B.C. Bus North started long-distance bus service last month. But B.C. Bus has funding for only 12 months.

In the statement announcing B.C. Bus, Claire Trevena, minister........

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