NDP plans "green fund" to expand public transit in P.E.I.

Wayne Thibodeau
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The NDP plans a new "green fund" in an effort to expand public transit across Prince Edward Island.

The NDP is calling on the Ghiz government to offer more financial support to public transit, not just in urban areas but also on an Island-wide basis.

NDP Leader Mike Redmond said the Entra Report on transit services called on government to get behind public transit for more Islanders.

“It stated that there is a clear role for the government of P.E.I. to play in terms of both operating and capital costs,” said Redmond.

“Instead, this government has constantly dodged its responsibilities for public transit, and this has resulted in financial hardship for municipalities like Cornwall and the loss of its public transportation service."

"...This government has constantly dodged its responsibilities for public transit, and this has resulted in financial hardship for municipalities like Cornwall and the loss of its public transportation service," NDP Leader Mike Redmond

Redmond said an NDP government would move to establish a “green fund” to support and expand public transit, as recommended by the Entra consultants.

Such a fund would be financed by redirecting one cent per litre of the current gasoline excise tax into the fund.

"A green fund would ensure that replacement buses could be purchased on an ongoing basis for existing routes, and would also help to establish new routes between outlying communities, in order to serve Souris, Montague, Tignish, O'Leary, and other municipalities."


Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: P.E.I., Iceland

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  • Stew
    February 17, 2014 - 18:50

    Like other posters have said, it sounds good on paper but is unrealistic as buses on current routes aren't even full. Now, what about some incentives or grants for a car sharing service, or a share a ride program. These types of things are taking off in other places.

  • lloyd macleod
    February 17, 2014 - 16:56

    If the money comes out of the gas taxes we already pay it is a good idea. No more taxes for anything else as we are taxed to death now. I don,t like the NDP but could they be worse then what we have now?

  • hrcbear
    February 17, 2014 - 16:22

    Your nuts, I can see some of Counsellor MEGGS from Cornwall in this press release. Poison PEI atmosphere with "carcinogenic diesel fuel" for the sake of 17 people or less from Cornwall. The whole sales pitch for the bus service to start with was saving the environment, now its getting Meggs and Hunt to work so they won't have to look for a parking space or in the case of one of them to pay for parking. Cornwall has put in nearly 400,000.oo dollars into a 4 year try out. Cornwall does not have any bank or Medical Center, or Major store to attract people from Charlottetown to come here. In fact Councillor Hunt's lackeys, doing a survey on bus usage indicated that one school teacher and two employees at Save Easy,use the bus to come to Cornwall. Fact is that the 2 employees at Save Easy don't work there anymore. One school teacher would like to take her 15 students to Charlottetown for Pizza once in a while, taking business away from Cornwall. Wake up and face reality Redmond besides the Province is 2 Billion dollars in Debt.

    February 17, 2014 - 11:42

    Driving large vehicles around empty is not green.

  • Jon
    February 17, 2014 - 09:58

    I love the idea on the surface...however the reality is that Islanders don't use public transit. The buses in Charlottetown and Stratford that are funded are regularly empty. Cornwall cancelled the service because people weren't using it. Do we ignore this and try to expand just for the sake of saying we have public transit?

  • Now It's Showing
    February 17, 2014 - 09:08

    Now it's showing that this NDP party isn't much different than the present two . I was hoping that they might be the change we needed but it's obvious they are just another carbon copy . When are we going to get a choice for a party that sticks to doing what they should be doing . Education-Health-Highways-Policing & Public service . Private business will look after anything else if it is feasible . Every thing doesn't require grants & hand out's . If it does , then it's not worth having .

  • Garth Staples
    February 17, 2014 - 06:56

    Another tax proposal. When will they ever learn.?

  • Too Big
    February 17, 2014 - 06:48

    Why are the buses so large? Is there not a smaller version that could be used until the system demands larger buses? And I don't mean vans. Like those small school buses.

  • Liberal dong
    February 17, 2014 - 06:32

    @ don....using his money, NO its our money the people of PEI, but the way they are spending it they seem to think it's their money, next election will prove who own our money,and yes this transit idea sounds like we could use this transit idea,all the islanders should have transit where ever they live...A great idea Mike Redmond.

  • Wake up
    February 17, 2014 - 06:30

    Please for gods sake - can the government stop assuming "public transit" = "buses." Everywhere else in the world, public transit includes vans. You don't need a bus with 40 empty seats to meet the public transit needs of Souris. You need a 6-15 passenger van.

  • The wheels go round and round
    February 17, 2014 - 05:20

    Good idea bus service times route are poor to major centers . The shefule to qeh is inadequate for those who work there as well as provincial manors according info to hours staff have to be at work . Some cities have what they call a" work bus "they start earlier 5.30 am - to 1130 pm . As well there are two provincial manors in the same vicinity in west royalty as well the work busses could be made wheelchair access able to accomodate patients , elderly with wheel chairs and walkers to acess these services as well In stead of starting in the down town center which nothing going on until 830 - 900 am the busses could start earlier in outskirts of city and bring people in to the city center . This may have worked begining pick ups early am with Cornwall , as well as Stratford Winsloe , east royalty

  • Joe Blow
    February 16, 2014 - 22:40

    Another brilliant idea from the man that should be the next premier of PEI!! Pretty simple solution too if you ask me. He knows that government should be helping out our public transit but the Ghiz dummies refuse to...so Redmond came up with an easy solution. Too bad the Ghiz government wasn't this smart...we wouldn't have the largest debt in this provinces history!

    • Dave
      February 17, 2014 - 17:54

      It isn't that easy a solution though. He didn't find money, he is re-directing money that is used somewhere else. Would that not just lead to an even higher debt?

  • don
    February 16, 2014 - 20:13

    as long as it covers ch'town the money will be supplied other wise ghiz can not afford using his money. when will islanders realize the money belongs to ghiz and wes.