Niagara MPP calling issues with Specialized Transit a crisis

A Niagara MPP is calling issues with Specialized Transit a crisis that Regional Council should be dealing with.

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch is wondering why Niagara Region Specialized Transit Services are being cut when the demand is greater than ever.

A report presented to the Niagara Region Public Works Committee shows the $2 million allocated for yearly service to cover 26,000 trips is now $400,00 over budget.

As a result, constituents who have called Burch’s office say they’ve been told that trips are being reduced by the BTS Group, a private contractor hired by the region.

He says a 73 year old woman from Thorold who is recovering from a stroke was informed this week that her trip to her physiotherapy appointment was cancelled.

Another elderly woman from Welland was told not to count on rides to her dialysis appointments after this week.

Burch questions why these seniors are being left high and dry without warning. “this didn’t just develop overnight.”

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.