Strong Sustainable Communities

Better transportation for rural communities

Governments spend billions on various mass transit systems for urban areas. The fares paid by users cover only a portion of the cost of the transit system. However rural areas have to depend on private companies to provide transportation between towns or connections to larger centres. Over the years bus and rail routes have been discontinued because they are not profitable. This means that rural residents are dependent on cars. Those without their own private vehicle have to rely on family, friends or expensive taxis to travel for medical services not available locally, for recreation, for visiting family or friends, or shopping.

The government should provide transportation subsidies for rural Ontario just as it does for the large urban centres.

Provision should also be made to allow for mini-buses as well as the full size bus.

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Idea No. 359