The Sunshine Coast Regional District says plans for future improvements to the Transit system are a lot murkier, because money they thought was coming from the province isn’t there.
The SCRD was going to expand service and make other changes under a new 25 year strategic plan, developed with BC Transit.
But Chair Garry Nohr says just as they were wrapping up budget debates, BC Transit informed them there was no funding.
He says it’s a bit of a shock, and they’re not even sure what’s behind it.
Nohr says the SCRD will go ahead with items money has already been earmarked for.
He also says they’re looking for a meeting with the Minister of Transportation, and they plan to raise the issue of sudden changes at the upcoming Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities AGM.
SCRD officials add that the province is looking to BC Transit to find savings in its budget and across all regional transit systems.
Nohr says it’s too early to say if something like that could ultimately mean service reductions.
BC Transit’s Meribeth Burton says, “The Sunshine Coast transit budget continues to support existing services offered to BC transit service communities through 2015.
As funding levels are forecast to remain relatively flat over the term of the plan, requests for expanded transit budgets cannot be accommodated. BC Transit will need to work with its partners to develop cost mitigation strategies as needed.
BC Transit will collaborate with all its partners to operate within the available funding level.”