The Wall government’s decision to wind down the STC bus service came under attack in the Saskatchewan legislature.
NDP critic Danielle Chartier says more and more seniors were using STC to get to important medical appointments.
Chartier says low income seniors rely on the provincial bus service.
“Three out of every four seniors using STC are low-income,” said Chartier. “If the Sask.Party had done their homework, they would know who they are hurting with their short-sighted, sell-off scheme. STC documents show senior ridership is the highest it’s been in five years. ”
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Crown Investments minister Joe Hargrave says ridership has dropped significantly since 2012.
“It’s dropped 35-percent, Mr Speaker, since 2012,” said Hargrave in the Saskatchewan Legislature, “That’s a subsidy of 94-dollars per ride. It’s just unsustainable.”
Hargrave says private companies have expressed interest in taking over some of the stc routes across Saskatchewan.