New Brunswick

Regulator denies P.E.I.-N.B. shuttle service bid

The Energy and Utilities Board has denied the application from a Summerside-based company to start up a shuttle service between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The Energy and Utilities Board has denied the application from a Summerside-based company to start up a shuttle service between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Advanced Shuttle Services had applied to set up a 15-passenger shuttle service between the two provinces.

But the Energy and Utilities Board denied the application in a decision released on Thursday.

"In summary the request for a licence for a ‘scheduled’ service on a reservation basis is denied as being outside the scope of the Act and the request for a charter licence is granted," the EUB decision said.

Advanced Shuttle Services proposed to run two shuttles which would leave P.E.I. and make stops in Port Elgin, Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton.

David Anderson, the company's owner, had proposed starting with four days a week, 11 passengers per shuttle. 

"I felt the board made a decision based on the information they had, and they have to follow," he said. "The rules are the rules."

He said it's time the province changed the law.

"Nova Scotia has changed theirs, and adapted for a reservation-type service, so maybe this will be the beginning to try and change because now New Brunswick still has no bus or transportation, so I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of people upset that there's still no transportation," Anderson said.

The company had planned to set up a system where people could reserve seats on the shuttle.

The EUB denied that "reservation-basis only" application.

However, the regulatory board did give the company the approval to set up a charter service.

"In this case, the board was not provided with any persuasive evidence as to why the issuance of a charter licence would be detrimental to the interests enumerated in the [Motor Vehicle] Act," the ruling said.

A spokesperson from the province said they will be reviewing the board's decision.

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