Immigrants and rural communities lament the end of Greyhound’s 95 years in Canada
Greyhound has come to the end of the road in Canada and has permanently shut down all its bus services across the country. Greyhound Canada is the largest intercity bus transportation service in Canada, providing safe and affordable travel for 6.5 million passengers each year to nearly 1,100 destinations.
Low-income earners, rural residents, and marginalized communities would be affected the most from the Greyhound closure.
Greyhound announced that due to sustained ridership declines in Ontario and Quebec, Greyhound Canada has made the difficult decision to discontinue all operations on its remaining routes in Ontario and will permanently close all services in Canada.
When the border reopens, its U.S. affiliate, Greyhound Lines (USA) will continue to operate express services from Toronto to New York, Montreal to New York, Montreal to Boston, Vancouver to Seattle.
“We deeply regret the impact this has on our staff and our customers, as well as the communities we have had the privilege of serving for many years. A full year without revenue has unfortunately made it impossible to continue operations. Thank you to our dedicated staff for their commitment and service, and to our customers for choosing Greyhound Canada during better times”
Greyhound has struggled for years with declining ridership, increasing competition, and deregulation. But COVID-19 dealt the final blow as Greyhound saw a dramatic 95 percent drop in passengers.
The service has long been part of a network linking smaller communities and big cities, offering an affordable and convenient mode of travel for everyone from essential workers and students to the elderly and backpackers.
The iconic bus carrier has been operating in Canada for almost 100 years. Unlike history, Greyhound has now come to the end of the road in Canada.