CBC News’ Stephanie Vankampen reports on the end of a shuttle connecting Prince Edward Island to the mainland. One reason I left was the question of accessibility to the outside world: I wanted to be able to be mobile. The weakness of mass transit routes, including buses, in the Maritimes generally is a serious issue. That the underlying economics might well not support unsubsidized routes just makes the situation worse.
Since the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997, shuttle service has been offered to bring Islanders to Halifax.
Many passengers have taken the bus regularly for years, to travel to medical appointments, the Halifax airport, or to and from university in the city.
Driver Gary Meyers has been making the run — 13 hour days, 5 or 6 times a week — for the last 17 years. He knows every crack and bump on the road between Charlottetown and Halifax.
He said while the service will be missed by the regular customers, it was no longer profitable for the company to run both shuttle and bus service.