Companies, bus transport long distance to ask for help government of Quebec in order to cover the shortfall for the duration of the crisis of the COVID-19 on the network as a whole.
This is demanded by carriers and long distance, member of the Federation of carriers by bus (FTA), which have had to suspend all of their services to inter-regional transport with the containment of the regions of Québec at the end of the month of march last.
They argue that to offer to their clients and tourists safe to travel inter-regional, a helping hand from the government of Quebec is essential.
“A group of seven carriers, members of the ETS, covers the vast majority of québec’s territory by linking 476 municipalities distributed in 87 of the 103 MRC, offering services on the major corridors as well as a multitude of regional lines, many of which are already in deficit”, it was argued in a press release.
This is the case with Orleans Express, the group Keolis, which serves the Montréal-Québec and Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Gaspé peninsula, but also the Group’s Bus Maheux, of Intercar, Bus Galland, of Limocar Transdev, Bus, Breton or Greyhound.
“The carriers are working now on scenarios of gradual recovery of their services. Despite this good news, it is anticipated that the return of the customer on the interurban lines will be long”, a-t-on pointed out.
For this recovery, they will have to comply with the measures put in place by public Health authorities, such as the requirement of distancing, physical or the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).