Professor Anthony Perl comments on options to fill the service gap left by end of Greyhound bus service

July 11, 2018

Professor Anthony Perl has been quoted in a news story on possible ways to fill the service gap that the withdrawal of the Greyhound bus company from Western Canada has left.

Anthony Perl, a professor of urban studies and political science at Simon Fraser University, thinks B.C. should look to “micro-models” like community co-operatives, which could operate smaller vehicles and provide flexible employment to locals.

Big companies like Greyhound can’t operate anything other than large buses, and if they’re not full that’s a problem. But, pointing to examples in Israel, Perl said a non-profit co-operative could be successful in linking small towns together.

Perl also thinks the province could use regulation to mandate that operators of profitable tourist or urban bus services also serve more remote areas of the province. That could also be a model for allowing ridehailing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the province.

“I think there should be incentives and maybe even requirements to ensure that if some company come in, that they shouldn’t just be allowed to operate only in Vancouver,” Perl said.

“They should also be required to set up shop in places that have been left without public transport options.”

The rest of the story can be read here.