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There are fewer options in Owen Sound now for people who want to catch a bus south.
Aboutown NorthLink has cut its routes from Owen Sound to Guelph, Toronto and Kitchener. The company continues to offer bus service to London three days a week.
But if you want to catch a ride to Toronto, Greyhound's daily route through Collingwood and Barrie is the only option left. There is no more bus service from Owen Sound heading south on Highways 6 and 10.
Aboutown NorthLink spokesman John Gill said the three routes that were cut “were not sustainable, and to keep the ones running that were sustainable, we had to make a decision.”
A couple of bus drivers have been laid off as a result of the contraction, he said.
Aboutown NorthLink took over the three routes they're now dropping from Greyhound just over two years ago. “We took them over from Greyhound because they weren't sustainable to Greyhound,” Gill said.
However, those routes have only seen ridership of about 10%, he said. “The ridership was not even enough to break even.”
Gill said the three routes are likely finished permanently.
“I doubt those routes will be picked up again by anyone, simply because Greyhound tried it with bigger buses, we tried it with smaller buses, and neither one of us could make it pay,” Gill said. “There's just not the ridership going in those directions.”
Gill believes the Owen Sound to London route remains popular because of college and university students, and from people in the Owen Sound area accessing London's hospitals.
 

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