Greyhound Canada announced this week it is ending all western Canada service, except for one route in B.C. (File photo)

Greyhound’s exit a ‘shocking dereliction of duty’: Surrey civic slate

Proudly Surrey calls for governments to create interurban transit service

In the wake of Greyhound Canada’s announcement Monday that it will end passenger and freight bus services this fall in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba – and all but one route in B.C. – one of Surrey’s new civic slates is calling for local and provincial governments to fill the void with a new interurban transit service.

Calling Greyhound’s move a “shocking dereliction of duty,” a trio of Proudly Surrey council candidates says it is “in the interest of every B.C. community to see that our province remains connected.”

READ MORE: Greyhound to end bus service in B.C., Alberta

READ MORE: New civic slate Proudly Surrey aims to offer ‘sharp, strong, left-leaning’ candidates

“Government must step in,” Stuart Parker said in a news release Tuesday.

Proudly Surrey’s news release notes the slate’s platform already includes a new interurban transit service to U.S. communities such as Bellingham and Blaine, and support for commuter rail on the Burlington Northern and Southern BC Rail lines through Surrey.

The release from Parker and fellow slate members Felix Kongyuy and Adam McGillivray described Surrey as the logical place for a provincial transit hub.

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