Greyhound applied to withdraw its services on nine northern B.C. routes. (File photo)

Is Greyhound abandoning the North?

A letter from a satisfied customer

Editor:

I am writing regarding the possible cancellation of your bus service (Greyhound) to Northern British Columbia and Yukon communities in the coming months. The Prince George to Prince Rupert run includes the “Highway of Tears”. Traveling from Prince George to Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Whitehorse has much historical merit involving the Great White North.

The impact of this decision is going to be a hardship for those in the smaller cities and townships. They will become even more isolated, especially between Valemont to Prince George, Prince Rupert, Fort St. John, Whitehorse, etc. Some who don’t have access to train or air travel: Students and seniors who can’t afford other travel methods or those that are unable to drive themselves.

Not everyone can connect to train or plane service for travel south, involving trips concerning business, medical, educational or pleasure. Much of this province’s wealth/economy is realized in the north. We appreciate living up here and enjoying what the area has to offer. It is a shame this valuable service is going to be reduced to bare bones. I can understand the financial side of this picture, however, surely something can be worked out to allow present and future bus clients continuation of this transportation system.

I have travelled Greyhound regularly since 1974 to the present, all around Southern, Central and Northern B.C. and Alberta (for short two to three-hour trips or long hauls of 15 to 24 hours). Your drivers have been skilled, courteous, very helpful — some even have a wicked sense of humour! There has never been any worry or trepidation when climbing aboard to leave on my many trips, during any and all Canadian seasons. I have also used your busses for shipping freight throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Your staff at the depots are very respectful, knowledgeable and ready to always go that extra mile.

Please don’t penalize us Northerners by cutting away this travel option in/out of our home base, but allow Greyhound to continue this safe, pleasant and reliable service to those of us presently using it and to future customers and patrons. Your slogan has always been “Go Greyhound and Leave the Driving to Us”. After almost four and a half decades of exceptional riding and freight service, I would love to continue to do so.

Victoria Manson

Lone Butte, B.C.

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