Stetski Asks – Where is the Funding For Rural Bus Service Gaps

Wayne Stetski, NDP MP Kootenay-Columbia, is less than thrilled with the lack of movement regarding the promised federal funding meant to cover public transit gaps in the wake of Greyhound no longer operating in the region.

“Greyhound Canada was a lifeline to these communities, providing a safe way to get from point A to point B for people from a variety of different backgrounds,” said Stetski. “This loss was extremely hard for low- income people, seniors and other vulnerable populations. In rural communities, resources are limited, so people often need this service to travel to access medical and social services elsewhere.”

In the House of Commons, Stetski asked what has happened to the Trudeau Liberals’ promised funding and explained the bus services importance.

“Mr. Speaker, last year, when Greyhound announced it was ceasing operations, constituents in my riding were worried how they would get from town to town,” he said.  “Even more worrisome was how people would access healthcare specialists or crucial social services, like shelters for women fleeing violence or urgently needed addiction treatment. In rural areas like my riding, resources are limited and people relied on Greyhound to travel to other communities for these services. The Liberal government said it would provide funding, but it never came and people are still unable to travel.”

A press release from the MP’s office says “Transport Minister Marc Garneau did not specify how much funding would be available. Nearly three months after the announcement, the Trudeau Liberals have still yet to provide details on how they will help to re-establish bus routes and service gaps remain.”

A video of the question period is available to view on the MP’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StetskiNDP/

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