THUNDER BAY – In a statement today, NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) has raised serious concerns about the recently announced decision by Kasper Transportation to suspend land based transportation services in Northern Ontario starting on May 2nd, 2020:
“The intercity bus service is critical for seniors and rural communities in Northern Ontario who depend on it. This decision by Kasper Transportation to suspend the service due to COVID-19 will leave families and businesses without this essential lifeline that connects communities. Many people in Northern Ontario, whether it’s a senior who needs to pick up medications or a freight business that relies on it for shipments, will suffer without this vital transportation service.
“I have immediately written to the Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney to explain the impact this decision will have on Northern Ontario. I am asking the provincial government to urgently step in and ensure this service continues for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and that it will continue to provide this transportation service in the future.”
On Monday morning, Kasper Transportation announced that the company is suspending operations on May 2, 2020.
Kasper Wabinski says that the decision to suspend operations came about despite all of the COVID-19 protocols the company implemented. The company says they have been in communications with both the provincial and federal governments, keeping them up-to-speed on the situation.