Greyhound to discontinue bus and shipping services to Revelstoke

Greyhound bus service to Revelstoke is scheduled to end Oct. 31 after Greyhound Canada announced it's ending service in Western Canada due to declining ridership.

At the Greyhound ticket counter in Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Greyhound Canada announced July 9 that it will be discontinuing service in Western Canada, including its route that makes stops in Revelstoke.

In a July 9 statement, Greyhound announced the pullout. “Greyhound Canada has taken the difficult decision to downsize its operations. The company has notified all proper authorities of its intention to discontinue service – both passenger and freight — effective October 31, 2018 in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

In the statement, Greyhound cited a number of factors leading to the decision, including: “declining ridership in rural communities; increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services; the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers; regulatory constraints, and increased car travel.”

Greyhound said it had taken multiple steps to counter the trends, but it couldn’t staunch the loss of ridership, which it said had declined by 41% since 2010.

“Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes,” said Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President, Greyhound Canada.

The service is scheduled to end in Revelstoke on Oct. 31, 2018.

In Revelstoke, the Greyhound service remains a key transportation link to points east and west.

Greyhound will continue to operate some services in Ontario and Quebec, but is pulling out of service in western Canada.

They will continue to operate a Vancouver to Seattle route.