We’ve got a volume problem.
Greyhound’s decision to abandon Western Canada pretty much vindicates the government decision to pull the plug on STC. Clearly there is no market for a bus service in a region where the distances are large and the population is thin.
Years ago, Saskatchewan boasted a rail passenger service between Regina and Saskatoon. Low passenger counts brought about its demise. Now the same fate has affected bus service.
Back when SouthWest Airlines in the US and then WestJet in Canada got started, they very vocally said they were doing short hauls and pricing the trips to compete directly with buses. Simply put, they wanted bus passengers to move iup to jet travel.
And it has succeeded. The airlines are seeing passenger counts grow while buses are becoming extinct.
This speaks to an underlying problem in this province, though. It’s our low population. Yes, we’ve grown but even major US air carriers have all but given up on us….simply because we don’t have enough people to fill seats.