Cullen applauds interim northern bus service, doubles down for permanent solution

 

PRINCE RUPERT- Nathan Cullen (Skeena- Bulkley Valley) said this afternoon’s announcement that the BC government will fund a temporary new bus service to provide limited long distance public transportation across the top of the province will bring much-needed peace of mind to communities and residents.

“This interim measure buys everyone time to work together to come up with a permanent solution for long haul passenger transportation service in northern BC,” Cullen said.

“Reliable and affordable long distance public transportation is incredibly important for the viability and safety of our northern communities.”

The provincial government today announced the launch of a 12-month interim long-haul northern bus service to fill the gap Greyhound will leave behind with the elimination of its northern BC routes on June 1.

Dubbed BC Bus North, the short-term transport program starts Monday, June 4 and provides two round-trips per week between Prince Rupert and Prince George, as well as connector services north and east of Prince George.           

In February, days after the BC Passenger Transportation Board approved Greyhound’s bid to eliminate all its northern BC routes due to increased regional transit and ride sharing, Cullen called on First Nations, municipal and regional governments to join with him to press the federal government for a northern BC bus service.

Cullen said these efforts will continue as the BC government works with communities for a permanent solution to public passenger transportation options for in the North.

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LINK: http://nathancullen.ndp.ca/cullen-applauds-interim-northern-bus-service-doubles-down-for-permanent-solution

Contact: Shelley Browne, 250-877-4140, nathan.cullen.c1@parl.gc.ca