Greyhound will continue bus service in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — Greyhound has backed off its threat to pull its buses out of Manitoba, thanks to a promise of government subsidies.

WINNIPEG — Greyhound has backed off its threat to pull its buses out of Manitoba, thanks to a promise of government subsidies.

The company issued a statement Wednesday saying it is working on a deal with the provincial NDP government that will allow bus service to carry on.

“Officials will continue to meet and expect to secure the precise details of an agreement in the near future,” Greyhound said in a written statement Wednesday. “Both the government and the company agree that some combination of direct investment and reduction of service will be required.”

Greyhound had threatened to stop service across Manitoba as of next week, and had stopped selling tickets for service beyond Nov. 1, saying it was losing money because of reduced ridership. The company has also planned to stop service in northern Ontario by next month, and is reviewing its operations in the other western provinces and territories.

The possibility of leaving rural residents without transit was too much for the Manitoba government.

“It’s a necessity and an important mode of transportation for many northerners and rural Manitobans, including people using our health care service,” Transportation Minister Ron Lemieux said Wednesday.

“We haven’t nailed down a specific figure (for subsidies) because we have to continue those conversations with Greyhound going forward. They’re coming forward with more information for us.”

The government subsidy will be less than the $4 million a year that Greyhound has said it is losing in Manitoba, Lemieux said. That means some routes may be served less frequently and others might be closed altogether, he said.

Both Greyhound and Lemieux are hoping the federal government will put up money as well, but federal Transport Minister John Baird dismissed the idea last month and accused Greyhound of trying to “bully” the provinces.

Greyhound, the only transit option in many remote areas, has said it is being hurt by rural depopulation and a faltering economy. It has been seeking subsidies as well as a loosening of federal regulations that require it to operate money-losing routes.

Other provinces do not appear to be as eager as Manitoba to prop up the bus company. Federal and provincial transportation ministers set up a working group earlier this month to look at the issue. Following the meeting, Lemieux said some of his counterparts “felt very strongly” that bus service should not be subsidized.

Just Posted

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

Photos: Lunchtime tunes on Alexander Way

Final concert of the summer

Clearwater regional firefighters in B.C.

Crew operating west of Prince George

PHOTOS: Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow

The Samson Cree Nation hosted its annual Pow Wow, celebrating youth last weekend

WATCH: Feasting at Red Deer Ribfest this weekend

Ribfest runs until Sunday at Rotary Recreation Park

Street Tales: Life is filled with unlearned lessons

There are days that I almost believe evolutionists in that we are… Continue reading

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

OTTAWA — Canadians are generally supportive of current immigration levels, a survey… Continue reading

Quebec announces plan to compensate taxi drivers after Uber’s arrival

MONTREAL — The Quebec government has outlined how it intends to compensate… Continue reading

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

OTTAWA — The loss of Saudi Arabian resident physicians in Canada’s hospitals… Continue reading

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Death Valley worker has seen highest, lowest temperatures

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of tourists descend on Death Valley each summer… Continue reading

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

BANFF, Alta. — An internationally known ski resort in Banff National Park… Continue reading

Folk singer Ian Tyson cancels show due to ‘serious medical situation’

TORONTO — Canadian folk singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his appearance at… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month