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."