MONCTON, NB – The president of the New Brunswick Student Alliance says the loss of intercity bus service will be a hardship for many students.

Stephen Spence says yesterday’s announcement that Acadian Coach Lines will cease operations, combined with a scaling back of VIA Rail passenger service in the region means many students won’t be able to go home as often….

“It’s going to be hard to get home for the holidays.  It’s also going to make it a lot more difficult for students going to conferences or traveling for research.   Students who are able to drive will have to dip into their pockets to rent cars so that’s an added expense.”
says Spence.

Last year , the student union at St. Thomas University organized a shuttle service for those left in lurch by the
Acadian Bus lockout and Mount Allison has a very successful ride sharing program.

Spence says it’s likely those kinds of arrangements will become more popular as the choice for modes of transportation dwindle in the region.