With the cancellation of Greyhound AND S-T-C, The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATHS) is wondering what will happen to their clientele.
PATHS is joining up with their counterparts in BC, Alberta and Manitoba to vie for a solution to women who are trying to escape their abusers in their rural and remote communities.
Jo-Anne Dusel with PATHS said she feels government is too hopeful for another organization to take over.
“The notion that private business will take over, but then a long standing company like Greyhound pulls out of these regions, it just doesn’t seem realistic to me.”
Dusel said bus services like Greyhound or the recently cancelled STC was a common way for women to arrive at shelters.
“Very often, a woman who is experiencing abuse wants to leave the community that she’s in. Especially if it’s a rural community, it’s a small community where everyone knows each other. There’s not an option to move across town and feel like you’re not going to run into your abuser.”
With that option removed, she’s looking for all forms of government to subsidize some sort of transportation.
Dusel said she’s hesitant to rely on future ride-sharing programs and taxis to fill the gaps, due to some of the horror stories she’s heard from across the country on these particular transportation services.