Truro chamber of commerce wants new transit regulations
The Truro and District Chamber of Commerce is asking the province to change bus regulations after Acadian Lines announced it would stop its bus service in the Maritimes later this year.
Acadian, owned by Orleans Express, said it has lost $12 million over eight years.The company has made requests to drop some rural routes because, it says, they are not profitable. Review boards in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have rejected some requests.
Residents in Truro can express their concerns about losing the Acadian Lines at a public meeting Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Tim Tucker sits on the chamber and says losing the buses would have a negative impact on Truro's tourism.
"We had the cancellation of the Yarmouth Ferry service. It was recently announced that VIA Rail is cutting back the amount of trips it makes through Truro and now we're hearing that the bus service is going to be gone," he said.
"So it stands to reason that when you have fewer ways to get in and around Nova Scotia, you're going to have fewer people coming into and getting around in Nova Scotia and that means less tourism money coming into the area."
It's not just businesses that will be impacted.
Dylan Tupper takes a bus to Halifax twice a month for doctor appointments.
"I get social services to pay for my busses now, so if they don't pay for another transportation, then I'll be stranded and it's for methadone. I go down for my methadone and you really need that," he said.
Thuy Nguyen takes the bus when she travels between Truro and Toronto for work and said she'd sign a petition to keep the service.
"That's what the driver has just asked me to do and I think that's what we should do to keep our service running."
A company vice-president repeated Tuesday the company's decision is not an attempt to get financial support from governments.
Acadian Lines plans to go out of business at the end of November.