TRURO - The Truro and District Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to reduce bus regulations in order to allow Nova Scotia to retain at least some intercity bus service in this province.
"It doesn't make sense to force Acadian Coaches to make runs that are unprofitable, said TDCoC president Don Hay, in a news relaese. "Allow it to keep the profitable routes while axing those that are losing money. This way, we don't lose the entire service."
Acadian Coach Lines in New Brunswick and PEI, as well as Acadian Intercity Coaches in Nova Scotia, have announced they will cease operations in all three Maritime Provinces by the end of this year.
The chamber is worried this will have an impact on several businesses in the Truro/Colchester region. Many use the system to ship packages and materials and it also helps with mobility for employees. Hay believes it could also impact the tourism industry.
"The Yarmouth ferry has been cancelled, Via Rail has announced that it is reducing the amount of trips through Truro and now this," said Hay. "It stands to reason that we will see fewer tourists in Nova Scotia when there are fewer ways to get in and around the province.
"Fewer travellers in the Truro/Colchester Region mean less money coming into the area."
The chamber of commerce believes it would be better to have some routes remain active, rather than none at all.
"It's difficult to understand why we wouldn't prefer to have some rather than none," said Hay. "Let's minimize the impact as much as possible and keep some routes running."