Ontario will be rolling out consultations for better bus networks to connect communities throughout the province.
Announced by the Ministry of Transportation on Friday, the government will seek input from the public this summer on how to improve "intercommunity transportation" by creating better bus networks. These would include buses that travel between cities and jurisdictions, but only require one fare from passengers.
The modernization project follows environmental registry consultations from last year, which sought to revitalize Ontario's bus networks through regulatory modernization.
"It is anticipated that, in addition to more efficiently connecting communities, if the intercity bus mode becomes a more viable alternative to the single-occupant passenger vehicle, it may also help to manage congestion in more urbanized areas," the decision notice reads.
Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli is skeptical. The Nippissing representative told the North Bay Nugget the transportation ministry is consulting without any funding to back transit in the north, and encouraged constituents to speak up.