All is quiet at the Yarmouth ferry terminal. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
TIANS applauds the recent announcement by the provincial government establishing an independent panel that will review existing studies on ferry service between Yarmouth and the United States.
“Transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in Nova Scotia’s tourism industry. Since the cancelled service into Nova Scotia, the high yield travel market from the United States and other parts of Canada has continued to decline and communities throughout Nova Scotia have been affected,” said Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS president.
TIANS has long advocated for a broad review of transportation assets and access into the province. The United States has been a primary market and continues to hold tremendous potential for Nova Scotia, it says.
Although declining at the time the service was cancelled, almost 80,000 people travelled via this route in 2009, resulting in over $33 million in revenue. This does not include the broader impact of jobs, indirect spending, trade and tax revenue that has been lost, TIANS says.
The infrastructure required to get people into Nova Scotia and to move trade is crucial to long-term prosperity, TIANS says, adding that a model for inter-modal travel is required that will best serve the province’s interest. The condition of roads, signage policies, the ability to take advantage of open-skies agreements by attracting new airlines, and the use of rail and ferries are all part of a broader transportation discussion that should be taking place in support of Nova Scotia’s economic well being, the group says.
“TIANS strongly supports responsible investment; a strategic review of the reports done on this issue will hopefully provide a clear direction that will be of benefit to Nova Scotia,” she said.