Mayor Seeks Solutions As Greyhound Shutdown Looms
Life without the Greyhound Bus - that's the future for Western Canada as of October 31st.
Monday's announcement has caused concern for many communities serviced by Greyhound, including Salmon Arm.
Mayor Nancy Cooper says that she was shocked to hear the news.
She expects this issue to be a hot-topic at the UBCM's in just a few months, saying "Everybody is kind of scrambling, thinking about what can we do, and what is this all going to mean. There will be a number of conversations going on between Mayors and Councils all over the province, and I see it coming to the Union of B.C Municipalities Convention in September as well, unless there's suddenly some big solution."
The Mayor says that the shutdown will cause devastating effects for many in our area, saying "It's incredibly important to our local people and to the local economy that people can get from point A to point B. If somebody came here and their car broke down and for some reason they had to go home, they'd be looking to take a bus home. I think it's going to have a negative impact on the community all over B.C."
Cooper suggests that BC Transit could be a part of a long-term solution, if no commercial option emerges.