The Premier of Saskatchewan is calling it a sign of changing times.
Scott Moe responded to the announcement of Greyhound Canada’s closure of nearly all Western Canada routes. Only one will not be cut, and that’s the route connecting Vancouver to Seattle.
“I think a sign of changing times with respect to transportation systems in Western Canada,” he said.
The shutdown of Greyhound Canada routes, combined with the closure of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company, means there’s now massive void in bus charters in Saskatchewan.
- Greyhound Canada ending routes across Saskatchewan and prairie provinces
- Federal NDP urging Trudeau to develop funding plan to help Greyhound
Moe noted the government of Saskatchewan will not be offering any subsidy or payment to Greyhound, but noted there’s still a company in Saskatchewan doing bus service.
“I think we have Rider Express that provides the route between Saskatoon and Regina,” he said.
The Premier further noted he’s hopeful some one from the private sector stands up and provides services on Saskatchewan’s main routes.
“We are hopeful that a private sector partner would be able to find some value in these routes that are servicing these communities in our province,” said Moe. “It would be difficult for us to stand and make an ask to the federal government that we found the subsidy we were providing to our provincial bus service to be to large.”
- Sale of STC buildings in Regina & Saskatoon preventing file on company from being closed
- STC shutdown still affecting many rural residents
- CIC release annual report, shows STC asset selloff brought in $27 million
Nicole Sarauer said now with Greyhound shutting down, transportation for Saskatchewan residents is becoming extremely problematic.
“Ever since the shutdown of STC, we’ve seen little in terms of what Minister Hargrave originally said, that the private sector would fill in and cover the gaps that the shutdown of STC would provide. We’ve seen little of that so far,” she said. “And now with the shutdown of Greyhound, it’s even more concerning.”
Sarauer said this is now breaching more than just a convenience issue, it’s becoming a safety issue too, saying this now limits those who are fleeing domestic violence and dangerous situations and who need medical care in Regina or Saskatoon.