NDP dismayed by funding cut to public transit

The province’s decision to cut funding to transit service between Summerside and Charlottetown by fifty percent is a poor way to grow the economy and build communities, says NDP President Andrew Want.

“Public transit is an important part of growing the economy by making workers more mobile and transportation more affordable. Public transit is an important part of post-secondary education by making learning opportunities more available and affordable. Public transit is an important part of building healthy communities by giving seniors and Islanders with disabilities an affordable transportation option. The Ghiz government doesn’t seem to get that,” says Mr. Want.

In May the province eliminated the operating subsidy to the County Line Express transit service between Summerside and Charlottetown which totalled just over $200,000 a year. Today the province issued a press release announcing that the province will provide $9500 a month in support to the service, representing a whopping percentage cut from its previous level.

“It’s bad enough that the government cuts funding for a vital public service by half but it’s even worse to see the Minister try and fool Islanders into thinking that we are moving forward by issuing a self-congratulatory press release about it. This also raises more questions about the accuracy of the recent budget if the minister booked $200,000 in cuts to transit funding and two months later gives half of it back,” says Mr. Want.

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For more information, contact Andrew Want

(902) 368-1241

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