2008 beheading on Greyhound bus cited for drop in Saskatchewan bus ridership

Greyhound Canada to end service in Sask. and other Prairie provinces

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Greyhound, which cited a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010 as its reason for Monday's announcement, has been slowly reducing service to rural Alberta for years as small-town populations dwindle and auto ownership grows.

"In the meantime, I hope that other local, private operators will see an opportunity to bring a badly needed service to the parts of the province most affected by Greyhound's decision", Trevena said.

"(It) would be a number of years ago when there was that murder on the bus in Manitoba", Joe Hargrave said Friday.

Steele said his company, started by his parents in 1957, has about 30 drivers who mainly serve the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, but it offers a wider range of delivery points through interline and third-party carriers.

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Baker was found not criminally responsible in 2009 after it was found he had been suffering from untreated schizophrenia. Li is a schizophrenic, but had not been taking his medication.

According to Kendrick, "despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped almost 41 per cent across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment".

In 2011, STC said ridership grew by nearly 20,000.

Greyhound Canada, for decades a critical link connecting the country's small towns and isolated communities with bigger urban centres, is pulling away for good in the Prairies, B.C. and northern Ontario, leaving activists and Indigenous leaders fearing for the health and welfare of those who live in remote locales.

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In February, Greyhound Canada announced cuts to many routes across the province, including Keremeos, Manning Park, Hedley and Princeton.

The cancellations are scheduled to take effect October 31.

Odelie Bernard-Labelle from Montreal was waiting at the Maritime Bus station in Halifax Wednesday, and said as a person without a auto, she sees buses as an important transportation option. "You can catch a flight to wherever for a couple hundred bucks now".

Kasper Transportation said starting October 31 it plans to add routes linking Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Winnipeg to Thompson and Winnipeg to Regina, Saskatchewan and Prince Albert.

Fellow NDP MLA Nicole Sarauer said Friday that the STC was still an integral public service despite ridership fluctuation.

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The Native Women's Association of Canada, an organization that promotes the well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, urged the federal government to intervene, noting that lives depended on safe, affordable and reliable transportation was an essential service. There is still one building which has to be sold, the Regina maintenance facility, which has a book value of about $2 million according to the province.

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