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B.C. communities need NDP action on transportation

VANCOUVER (January 29, 2021) – The BC Liberals are calling on the NDP to develop a comprehensive plan to maintain B.C. transportation networks as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic leave many northern and remote communities increasingly isolated.

“Decreased ridership due to dramatically lower tourism and commuter traffic has meant that many private transportation companies have had to curtail their services, leaving many B.C. communities without vital transportation options,” said Michael Lee, BC Liberal Transportation and Infrastructure Critic. “Last week we saw Central Mountain Air suspend their service to Fort Nelson, meaning that thousands of British Columbians have lost a critical pathway to health care and other services during the winter months. As the pandemic continues, we are seeing more companies unable to make ends meet, and without immediate action from the Minister of Transportation, the situation will only continue to worsen.”

In a letter sent to Minister of Infrastructure Rob Fleming, the BC Liberals called for a comprehensive plan to preserve B.C. transportation networks, including targeted and specific financial relief to keep private transportation companies afloat so they can continue to offer their vital services to remote communities.

“Northern and remote communities cannot afford for the NDP to continue to stand by and do nothing while we lose vital parts of our transportation network,” continued Lee. “Thousands of people across B.C. depend on these regional and private transportation companies to get them to and from medical appointments and other essential services. It’s time for the government to act and ensure they will be able to operate throughout the remainder of the pandemic and for years to come.”

Attachment: Letter to Minister Fleming, January 29, 2021

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