A local politician is sounding off against last week’s announcement from Greyhound that service will be virtually eliminated in BC by Halloween.
Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says he’s heard from constituents who depend on bus service for essential services.
He adds there are social issues which require bus services as well.
“If you have a woman fleeing an abusive relationship and needing a shelter, there are not shelters in all of our small communities, and so they are generally given a bus ticket to someplace safe in another community.”
He says he’s hopeful that the private sector can step in to fill the void.
“I think there needs to be a bus service, and the private sector may decide to step forward,” says Stetski. “I couldn’t help think about that $4.5 billion that went to buy that pipeline in terms of how that money could be used to buy transit.”
Greyhound will eliminate all but one of its runs in Western Canada as of October 31, including the route which stops in Cranbrook.
– Wayne Stetski – Kootenay-Columbia MP