Orléans Express threatening to abandon the Gaspé Peninsula

Orléans Express threatening to abandon the Gaspé Peninsula

Quebec City (Quebec) August 27, 2014 – Orleans Express is losing money serving the extreme end of the Gaspé Peninsula and unless they get money from the Government in the form of subventions they are going to stop offering bus trips to any town past Rimouski. The company, owned by a French company Keolis, represented in Canada by Keolis Canada, lost $3.6 million in 2013 on its line from Rimouski eastbound and even the profits from the Montreal-Quebec corridor are not sufficient to compensate for the loss.

The company suggests that from Rimouski east a local business could supply the service and probably make it worthwhile. In the meantime, Orléans is going to reduce their trips to one a day instead of the 2 or 3 offered on the south side and the north side right now. The two towns affected the most are Gaspé and Percé, two towns which are at the extremity of the peninsula. The company wants to concentrate on the Rimouski-Quebec-Montreal connection which can show a profit.

The Elected Officials Regional Conference board of the Gaspé-Îles de la Madeleine is exasperated by the news indicating that the peninsula is becoming isolated from the rest of the province.

The train service was stopped in 2013, and now the buses, leaving air transportation the only public transport option to the area.

Air travel, because of its price, is not always available to everyone meaning the only choice left is the automobile. The Lac St. Jean area, north of Quebec City is already served by a seperate bus company, with no affiliation to Keolis.

Life in Québec staff writer

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