Public meeting attracts one person

  • Nov. 9, 2005 10:00 a.m.

Only one member of the public attended a meeting organized by the BC Passenger Transportation Board last week to discuss the impact of a proposed reduction in Greyhound bus service.
The low attendance is probably explained by the fact that the meeting was held in Sandspit – a $19 barge trip away for anyone on Graham Island. The sole presenter was a representative from the Queen Charlotte District Teachers’ Association.
Many more people attended meetings held in Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers, said Michael McGee, the transportation board’s manager of policy and communications. Meetings in these communities went on for several hours.
Greyhound has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board to reduce service between Rupert and Smithers to just one departure a day in each direction, down from the current two departures a day.
Mr. McGee said the board will now consider all the verbal and written material it has received on the application, and will make a decision – probably in a matter of weeks. The decision will be posted on the Passenger Transportation Board’s website once it has been made.