MONCTON, NB – The dilemma of how to maintain intercity bus service across the Maritimes is top of mind for the regions transportation ministers.

New Brunswick’s Transportation Minister, Claude Williams says the province is conducting a review of intercity bus regulations and plans to discuss options with Nova Scotia and PEI over the next few days.

Opposition Leader, Victor Boudreau says the Alward government should look at every option and suggests a publicly-funded bus service modeled after the system in Saskatchewan may be the answer.

Transportation Minister Claude Williams says he’s not in favour of a publicly-funded system and suggests opening up the market to small commercial carriers is the best way to go.

Acadian Coach Lines intends to shut down by the end of November.   It says its been losing money on smaller routes throughout the Maritimes.