Niagara Area MPP  Takes Regional Niagara To Task Over Sudden Cuts To Specialized Transit

“This is a crisis and Niagara Regional Council needs to put patients first.” – Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Posted September 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Jeff Burch, MPP for Niagara Centre says he wonders why Niagara Region Specialized Transit Services is being cut when the demand is greater than ever.

According to a report to the Niagara Region Public Works Committee this September 4th , 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.

Marlene Goodfield, 73,  a retired Registered Nurse’s  Assistant from Thorold, is recovering from a stroke and needs physiotherapy to regain the ability to walk. She was informed yesterday that her trip for today’s 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.”

“This is a crisis and Niagara Regional Council needs to put patients first,” Burch said.

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