Vancouver – UBCM, the Union of BC Municipalities, has issued a statement on the cancellation of Greyhound service in BC (excluding the Vancouver to Seattle run, which is administered by Greyhound in the USA).
The elimination takes effect October 31, which will leave many communities isolated. Service will shut down in the Fraser Valley.
Courtesy of UBCM Third Vice President and current Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz:
In response to the decision by Greyhound to withdraw bus service throughout BC and across the Prairies, the UBCM Executive will be bringing forward a Special Resolution to the 2018 UBCM Convention seeking provincial and federal government support to find a national transportation solution. Executive members endorsed the direction at their July 13th Executive meeting.
In addition to the Special Resolution, the Executive will be seeking a meeting as soon a possible with BC’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire Trevena to determine how the Province plans to respond to Greyhound’s news.
UBCM is also reaching out to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to identify where there are opportunities to collaborate and coordinate on a national local government response. Local governments with comments on this issue are asked to contact Marie Crawford, General Manager of Richmond Operations.