Bus operators don’t see any problems
with Greyhound closing in Western Canada

Transportation companies in Northern Alberta and the NWT, don’t see this weeks announcement from Greyhound ending Western Canada service this October as an issue for travelers heading north.

“I don’t think they ever came North,” Hay River shuttle owner Don Antoine told CKLB news.

Photo courtesy of Don Antoine – Double A Ventures, Hay River.

Antoine started up Double A services after retiring from the GNWT a year ago. Since then he’s been making Tuesday night runs to High Level, Alberta.

“I get a lot of orders for KFC, and take some passengers,” said Antoine.

Northern Frontier Coach-lines, the major bus line in the NWT offered no comment, only saying they received an email from Greyhound Canada this week about them shutting down this fall.

Frontier Coachline Bus

Antoine’s run to High Level, is the only connection for passengers traveling from Edmonton, and Grande Prairie on Northern Express Coach-lines looking to travel to the NWT.

Northern Express Van

 

An agent with the family owned Northern Express company, says “the Albertan carbon tax and low ridership,” is their man challenges right now.

A one-way fare between High Level and Edmonton is $190.00, much cheaper than driving or flying.

Interior of Northern Express Coach.

As for Greyhound closing on October 31st, there is no impact for travelers heading to the NWT, or south on the bus.

But, in Manitoba the provincial government says it is hopeful other companies will pick up bus routes being abandoned by Greyhound, but affirms there will be no subsidies.

Assembly of Manitboa Chiefs Grand Chief, Arlen Dumas is calling on both the provincial and federal government to help First Nations and others in remote communities after Greyhound’s scheduled fall closure.

“The more that we take the opportunity to take over these types of things — to provide services for ourselves — the better off we all are, First Nations, but also the people of the north, we live where we live and we want to look out for ourselves but we need to get meaningful partners and the political will so we can achieve these things,” he added.

Dumas said he contacted the Prime Minsiter’s office on Monday regarding Greyhounds closure in October.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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