The Star reported Thursday that Greyhound Canada’s application to discontinue passenger bus service on its Whitehorse-Dawson Creek, B.C. route had been approved by the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board (PTB).
The story reported that Greyhound’s Yukon service would end no earlier than June 1 of this year, and that any prior service reduction or subsequent service termination would have to satisfy specific public notice requirements.
Greyhound has since clarified that it only applied to eliminate its service on the portion of the route between Dawson Creek and the Yukon border.
The PTB’s jurisdiction does not extend to the Yukon. Its decision on the route’s service and associated conditions do not apply to the Yukon portion of the route.
The territory does not have an equivalent regulatory body to which Greyhound need apply to discontinue or reduce its service here.
The company has been waiting for the PTB decision to determine the future of its Yukon service. It could have terminated or reduced the service at any time, and reserves the right to do so.
There is also no requirement that Greyhound inform the public about any decisions to reduce or terminate its Yukon service.
Peter Hamel, Greyhound’s regional vice-president for Western Canada, emphasized Thursday afternoon – after the publication deadline – that the company has not made any decisions about a specific end date for or reduction to the Yukon service as of yet.
“We’re reviewing our options right now,” he told the Star.
While the company isn’t technically required to, “we will give ample notification to the public, proper authorities and government officials on what our intent is after we’ve had a complete review of the application response,” Hamel said.
Greyhound’s freight service in and out of the territory will continue.
Hamel said ongoing contract negotiations prevent him from sharing specific details about the partnerships that will allow this service to survive.
“What I just can tell you is that our intent here is seamless transportation of the freight, with no impact along this corridor.”