Sydney hearing will deal with changes to Acadian bus routes
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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.