Thursday, November 30, 2017

Terrace closest location for public meetings on Greyhound Service Termination request

Residents of the North Coast wishing to appear at a public hearing on the request to terminate Greyhound Service along Highway 16, will ironically have to do a little bit of travelling to do so.

With those seeking to participate required to make their way to Terrace or Smithers in the Northwest to share their thoughts or concerns.

The Passenger Transportation Board has announced a series of meetings for December 11th to 14th in four locations;  starting in Prince George on December 11th and wrapping up in Fort St. John on December 14th.

The two sessions scheduled for the Northwest will take place in Terrace on December 12th and Smithers on December 13th.

The Terrace meeting will take place from 1 to 3 PM on December 12th in the Skeena Room of the Best Western Hotel, those wishing to participate must contact the agency to register by Noon of December 8th. 

Those in the Smithers area will gather in the Summit Ballroom of the Prestige Hudson Bay Lounge on December 13th, with the Bulkley Valley session to take place from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

 Those wishing to participate in any of the public hearing sessions must contact the agency to register by Noon of December 8th. 

You can access the registration form here, see the links included in that document for more details on the hearing process.

As we reviewed in August, Greyhound has applied to the PTB to terminate much of its service to Northern BC, including the Prince Rupert to Prince George run.

Since that time, the Agency that oversees Passenger Bus service in the province received over 1,700 email correspondences on the topic, as well as 220 written statements related to the request to terminate the service.

From that feedback, the Passenger Transportation Board decided to hear directly from the public and the impact that any change may have on them.

"Public meetings will allow the Passenger Transportation Board to hear directly from individuals and community representatives about their transportation use and how the proposed changes could affect them ... The Board will also hear directly from Greyhound about its passenger services and business model that relates to the application."  -- Catherine Read, Chair of the Passenger Transportation Board.

The full notification from Wednesday can be reviewed here.

Some background information related to the Greyhound request can be found from our Highway 16 archive page here.

Documentation for the December information sessions can be reviewed below
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