Greyhound of Canada wants to cut about half of its bus runs through Langley.
Greyhound has applied to the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board to cut services because of low ridership and money losses. The company wants to cut 2.2-million miles of travel each year to save $6.75-million.
The company reported losses of $14.1 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year in B.C., attributing the losses to higher costs, reduced ridership, and inflexibility by regulators.
There could be 14 fewer weekly trips between the Lower Mainland and communities east to the Alberta border, as well as seven fewer weekly trips on the north/ south run. Unlike some of the communities around B.C., Langley has other transportation options.
While other municipalities are lobbying against cuts in service, Langley City opted not to weigh in.
City Mayor Peter Fassbender commented at the Oct. 22 council meeting that Greyhound is a private-sector company and "we can't tell them to stay open while losing money."
He and City administrator Francis Cheung met with the bus company almost two years ago to discuss the appearance of the Logan Avenue bus station and public safety issues. Some improvements were made.
"We will keep in touch with them becaue that site and that whole area are a concern to us," Fassbender said at the council meeting.
The City wants to eventually redevelop the area as part of the Downtown Master Plan.
The deadline has passed to send submissions to the board that will decide what cuts Greyhound can make.
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