For weeks now Greyhound has been trying to get approval for service cuts to 15 of its 19 routes in British Columbia.
It is now in the hands of the Passenger Transportation Board, and an answer is expected by the end of January.
Greyhound is requesting the cuts on the grounds that the daily and weekly minimums (set by the Passenger Transportation Board, and are required regardless of passenger demand) are devastating the company financially.
Stuart Kendrick, senior vice president of Greyhound Canada said that they lost $14 million on its B.C. operations in 2011 alone, and that they have seen similar losses in previous years.
Communities all over the province have spoken out about their objections to the proposed changes, after a public notice was sent to all affected municipalities.
The Town of Golden will not see any changes to its current Greyhound schedule. As it stands now, Greyhound must make a minimum of four stops in Golden every day, and 56 stops every week. Those numbers will remain the same under the proposed changes.
The cuts will have a stronger impact on certain communities in the northern B.C., the Interior (places like Merritt and Hope), and Vancouver Island. Some West Kootenay municipalities will also be affected. Nelson, for example, may see their minimum stops drop from 10 to seven times a week.
The company has applied to the board to reduce service on B.C. routes, but not drop any routes entirely. Kendrick said the rules don’t allow adjustments to reflect lighter traffic on certain days of the week, or seasonal adjustments.