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Maritime Bus-created six years ago due to failing bus services in Atlantic Canada, Maritime Bus president Mike Cassidy has expressed he might be interested in expanding to Western Canada.

Kendrick said the decision will leave most of the affected communities with no other transportation options.

In total, 107 communities in Alberta will lose service.

In shutting down, the company is blaming a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-priced airlines, regulatory constraints and the continued growth of vehicle ownership.

Greyhound, the biggest bus operator in Canada, shuttles 3.5 million passengers a year to 1,100 locations, many of them rural.

A drop in ridership in the provinces is the main reason for the cancellation of routes and job cuts at Greyhound, citing declining ridership and increasing costs an "ongoing spiral" that's making it impossible for the company to continue operations.

"What should have happened was STC and the government could have taken a look at how they could have better utilized the public service that they were providing, whatever that could have meant", she said. "It shouldn't come as a surprise that we've had problems but there was no funding commitment at that time", he said.

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In December, the company outlined its problems in its application to the Passenger Transportation Board to cancel northern routes.

"I automatically think of 2012", Cassidy said, referring to the parallel between Acadian Lines shutting down and the news from Greyhound.

And to Greyhound - some thanks for providing rural/inexpensive transport up to this point, but mostly good riddance.

Bus North operates twice-weekly on routes in Northern B.C. including between Prince George and Prince Rupert, the so-called Highway of Tears where at least 18 women have been murdered or gone missing after last being seen hitchhiking.

According to its revamped online route map, Greyhound will continue to run service out of Sudbury east to Ottawa and south to Toronto.

In a Facebook post, it said it will be offering service from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Ont., Thompson, Man., Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask., starting October 31 - the day Greyhound shuts down its western operation.

The ending of service will impact future travel decisions, said traveller Caroline Genest, who was in town from Montreal for the Calgary Stampede and heading to Edmonton on the Greyhound.


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