Greyhound’s proposed service cuts to the Sea to Sky Corridor are being mulled over by B.C.’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB).
In the third week of October, public comments on the company’s proposal to slash almost half of its bus schedule in the region were closed. Now the company is seeking approval from the five-member transit board, said Grant Odsen, Greyhound’s regional manager for passenger service in B.C.
“They are deliberating,” he said.
Greyhound submitted no adjustments following the public input period, Odsen noted. The proposed cuts are based on ridership density in the corridor, he said. If the application is approved, the minimum number of daily Greyhound runs between Vancouver and Squamish would drop from seven to four, between Vancouver and Whistler from eight to four and from Vancouver to Pemberton from four to three.
Greyhound is losing money on several of the routes, Odsen said. The cuts are part of an attempt by the company to get out of the red. Last year, the company lost $14.1 million on its B.C. operations, Greyhound officials reported. The company is seeking to reduce service on 15 routes within the province, a move officials say is required or else the company may face possible cessation of its operations in B.C.
Odsen said he doesn’t have a schedule on when the transit board will reach its conclusion.
“That is entirely up to them,” he said, adding that traditionally such applications take several months.