Syd­ney hear­ing will deal with changes to Aca­dian bus routes

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS - BY CHRIS HAYES

424-4448 ex­ten­sion 248.

In Nova Sco­tia, Aca­dian also wants to elim­i­nate ser­vice in the Kentville-Digby corridor, drop a Fri­day de­par­ture in the Hal­i­fax-Kentville corridor, and add to the Hal­i­fax-Monc­ton corridor. Hear­ings are also sched­uled Wed­nes­day in Wolfville and at 7 p.m. at the Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Wolfville and Thurs­day in Digby.

John Pearce, a di­rec­tor for the trans­porta­tion ad­vo­cacy group Trans­port 2000, who was seek­ing the ad­di­tional hear­ings, said the three round trips from Syd­ney to Hal­i­fax cur­rently han­dle nearly 200 pas­sen­gers daily on av­er­age and there are al­most 11,000 full-time stu­dents at colleges and uni­ver­si­ties along the route be­tween Truro and Syd­ney who need low-cost trans­porta­tion from home to school.

The pro­posed end to late af­ter­noon de­par­tures from Syd­ney and Hal­i­fax will make week­end travel home dif­fi­cult for stu­dents and work­ing peo­ple, he added.

Aca­dian says rev­enues have been de­clin­ing in part be­cause of reg­u­la­tions that re­quire the com­pany to op­er­ate on routes that are not prof­itable.

It also said cer­tain trips have be­come un­eco­nom­i­cal due to van and pub­lic tran­sit com­pe­ti­tion.

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