Local communities are scratching their heads as Greyhound Canada plans to hit the brakes.
The transportation company announced on Monday they would end bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
According to the Greyhound website, Sherwood Park, Morinville, Lamont, Redwater, Mundare and Elk Island National Park all have bus stops locally. The red light would total around 100 lost jobs in the capital region and end service in 107 Alberta communities.
"We sort of expected it to happen. A number of years ago when the province stopped spending millions on Greyhound that's when we started losing our rural services," said Redwater mayor Mel Smith. "It was well used, a lot of our people would go to Fort McMurray on it."
Premier Rachel Notley said in a statement on Wednesday, "Greyhound’s decision this week to suspend services throughout Western Canada significantly diminishes transportation options for hundreds of Canadians throughout our region, potentially harming the economy and quality of life for tens of thousands of people."
The Council of the Federation is scheduled to meet next week in New Brunswick. Premier Notley plans to address the issue there.
Greyhound plans to cancel western Canada services on October 31.