Greyhound stops moving out to highway

New location to offer expanded hours, but village officials unhappy buses won't come downtown

Greyhound is moving its Pemberton bus stop from the downtown core out to Highway 99, a decision that has disappointed village officials.

Greyhound announced in a Friday (March 21) press release that its pick-up and drop-off point in Pemberton will relocate from the Frontier Street train station to the Husky gas station, effective April 1.

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"Greyhound is excited to continue serving the Pemberton community from this new location," said Greyhound Canada agency manager Kevin Cluett in the release. "We look forward to extending our hours of operation and improving the convenience for our customers to purchase tickets and ship parcels by Greyhound Package Express."

However, Pemberton acting mayor Alan LeBlanc said the village isn't pleased that passengers will be diverted from the downtown area, and he doesn't think the new location adds convenience for many residents or visitors at all.

"We're not pleased with it," said LeBlanc. "It keeps people out of town, it's an inconvenience for a lot of people."It's too bad that we won't have a stop in downtown Pemberton anymore."

The new location will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., said the press release, an increase in operating hours. The former stop operated only Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A Greyhound spokesperson said the decision to move the stop was unrelated to vandalism concerns in the village-owned train station's public washrooms, which were permanently closed earlier this year.

LeBlanc said the village had been negotiating with Greyhound to extend its lease in the train station building, but those talks were halted after representatives from the company visited Pemberton and told the local Chamber of Commerce it would look to relocate the stop instead.

The new stop location is the latest of many changes Greyhound has made to bus service in the Sea to Sky over the past 18 months as it looks to cut costs and find inefficiencies. In January 2013, the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) allowed Greyhound to reduce the minimum number of trips on the route between Vancouver and Pemberton, from 56 round trips per week to 28. Later in 2013, the PTB approved Greyhound's application to eliminate 11 stopping points along that route.

Current Greyhound service provides four daily trips south from Pemberton, connecting the community with Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver.

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