Cornwall residents invited to fight to save bus transit this week

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Linda Bain inviting supporters to attend regular monthly council meeting on Wednesday

Linda Bain is trying to save Cornwall’s transit system.

Cornwall town council voted at its December monthly meeting to bow out of its transit agreement with the City of Charlottetown, the Town of Stratford and Trius Transit, because of a continued decrease in ridership and funding cuts.

She has been working to get the topic back under discussion for the last couple of weeks, in hopes that the council will rethink its decision.

Bain’s request to address council has been accepted so  she and a few others will get that chance at this Wednesday’s meeting.

She said her group will give a presentation outlining the importance of the bus system and residents’ concerns if it closed.

“Because when they made the decision, it was a snowstorm and no one could get out to even go," said Bain. "There was only two people there I believe.”

She is expecting at least 15 people to show up at Wednesday’s meeting.

Bain lives in Cornwall and uses transit regularly because she does not have her driver’s licence. She knows she won’t be the only one left without means of transportation when the buses stop running in June, at the end of the six-month notice.

“I just think it’s a great service to have," said Bain. "We just need to figure out the best way to market it and get our ridership, because the ridership is down. A lot of people don’t even know it exists,” says Bain.

Bain passed out a survey of about 30 questions to residents in Cornwall and so far, she has received 60 surveys back.

“I have personally not looked at the surveys, and I’m not going to. I will present them to the Town of Cornwall and they can do what they want with them. And that’s what my goal was. I don’t want to be biased, I just wanted to get my initial goal, to get this addressed.”

The council meeting will be open to the public and held this Wednesday evening at 7:30p.m.

Geographic location: Cornwall, Charlottetown, Stratford

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  • cornwall citizen
    April 16, 2014 - 07:32

    As a resident of Cornwall, I have to say, this service is not well marketed. I have my own vehicle, but there are times when I might use it, rather than a more $$$ taxi, but I never think of it because it's such a silent service. Occasional publication of schedules, routes, prices, where to buy tickets etc would be helpful. The town publishes a community newsletter at least bi-annually... Why not add that info to the town newsletter?

  • SC Holmes
    April 15, 2014 - 17:48

    Linda...while the service may be of importance to you, and even great importance, it is not important for 90% of residents. Had it been, ridership would have made it a sustainable proposition. You even note it yourself when stating you expect 15 people to show for the meeting. 15??? hardly a quorum of those living in Cornwall. Let it go. If Trius believes Cornwall is a viable route, they will service it. If it depends on more taxpayer money it is not viable. Simple...done.

    • cornwallres
      April 15, 2014 - 22:33

      Well Said !!