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Only Ontario and Quebec will keep their routes when the cancellations go into effect at the end of October, and the USA division will still operate the Seattle-to-Vancouver route.

She pointed to Vancouver Island, where the company Tofino Bus stepped up in 2013 to replace Greyhound on a route to Campbell River and Courtenay, and again this year when Greyhound cancelled services from Victoria and Duncan.

The Native Women's Association of Canada, an organization that promotes the well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, urged the federal government to intervene, noting that lives depended on safe, affordable and reliable transportation was an essential service.

She said Ottawa should play a role in filling the gap, considering that Greyhound's decision affects all of Western Canada.

"This decision is regrettable and is due to a challenging transportation environment that is characterized by declining ridership in rural communities; increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services; the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers; regulatory constraints, and increased vehicle travel", the company said in an announcement posted on its website.

Trevena said she wants to hear from anyone interested in starting new services.

"The NDP is calling on the federal government to intervene and ensure that these bus routes remain open".

North said Greyhound Canada's announcement will make vulnerable people who rely on others for transportation "even more vulnerable".

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A 2009 first-quarter report for STC said the Crown company lost 8.5 per cent of its ridership after the Greyhound beheading.

"But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada, specifically Western Canada, are just not sustainable anymore". The company could expand into smaller towns that are left stranded without Greyhound.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October", said Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick in the release.

"(Greyhound) is the only way I can actually get out here with my family all split out up now", he said of his regular trips on Highway 16.

The news came as a shock for many boarding their buses at Pacific Central Station on Main Street in Vancouver.

On Monday, Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, expressed her disappointment with Greyhound's decision.

"At no point did Greyhound reach out to me or my staff to have a conversation on solutions to keep people connected - something I would have expected, given their long history in this province", Trevena said.

"As the northernmost major Canadian city and a hub for an very bad lot of important things that happen in Western Canada, it's concerning", Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told reporters just after hearing the news on Monday.