COVID-19: NS Transit obtains $10.9 million in compensation
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Transit operators in Nova Scotia have suffered significant losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.< /p>
Federal and provincial governments are giving a total of $10.9M to 28 transit vehicle operators.
Nova Scotia transit operators are receiving financial assistance as part of a federal-provincial effort to compensate them for lost income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province's largest operator, Halifax Transit, will receive the lion's share of $8.6 million, while CBRM Transit in Cape Breton will receive $359,809. The Kings Transit Authority in New Minas, in the northeast of the province, will receive $332,392.
Nova Scotia Transportation Minister Kim Masland
Nova Scotia Transportation Minister Kim Masland said the money would allow operators to recoup some of the losses suffered by people who stay home or limit their trips since 2020.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has had and continues to have a huge impact on our lives, Ms Masland said on Friday outside the Queens County Transit office in Liverpool. Transit services across the country were not immune.
With so many people staying home and daily activities disrupted, operators of transit vehicles of all shapes and sizes have experienced a significant decrease in ridership, leading to severe shortages.
Five other transit operators fixed trips in Nova Scotia will share more than $530,000. They are in Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Pictou, Antigonish and Inverness.
Twenty small community operators who use mini-buses or minivans to provide point-to-point or door-to-door service door will receive the rest, amounts ranging from $96,000 to $15,000.
Based on a report by Jean Laroche, of CBC