SUMMERSIDE - Negotiations are ongoing on the proposal to continue for a municipal bus service ion Summerside.
The city and Maritime Bus Company president Mike Cassidy partnered over a year ago on a pilot project to bring a public transit system to Summerside. The city contributed $2,500 per month to the plan for the first year. That funding ran out in May.
Since then, Cassidy has continued to operate the line without any additional commitment from the city.
The company president has made a proposal to the city and is awaiting a meeting with civic officials to discuss the plan.
Cassidy did say the new package has been drafted with new initiatives. He didn’t say what the new initiatives involved, but reaffirmed his company’s commitment to deliver a transit service in the city.
“I have a proposal made as to what we’re going to do,” Cassidy said. “They have seen it and they’ve instructed Mike (Thususka director of economic development) to talk to me.”
The city says it is open to continued support of a Summerside transit system if it is financially viable.
From the city’s perspective, it will be looking at ridership numbers and if it is a proposal that will give Summerside value for its investment.
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said talks are moving ahead and an agreement could be reached soon.
Stewart said city council meets on Monday, and it is possible the issue may come up at that session.
In an email to the mayor, acting CAO Gordon MacFarlane said talks are ongoing with the bus line but didn’t release any details of the discussions.
“As far as I know Mike Thususka is in discussions with Mike Cassidy and is nearing completion of a contract,” MacFarlane said in the note. “ Mike (Thususka) may be able to provide more detail (to you) but in terms of the media that's likely the extent of what we want to say.”