Gary Hudson, owner of Hut’s Transit. TINA COMEAU FILE PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
Because there was no opposition filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) there won’t be a public hearing to deal with an application by Hut’s Transit to abandon its motor carrier and charter licence.
Instead the UARB will make a decision on the application without a public hearing, relying instead of the information that has already been filed with the board. If required it will gather more information via conference call with Gary Hudson, who owned and operated Hut’s Transit.
The UARB had said in a hearing notice on its website that anyone who wanted to file opposition or participate as an intervener had until May 23 to contact the board. No one did. Therefore the May 27 hearing that was scheduled in Yarmouth has been cancelled.
On April 30 Hudson ended his Hut’s Transit service. He said at the time he did not have the financial means to keep the service operating. Hudson said the business had seen a drop in ridership coupled with the fact that a yearly $60,000 subsidy he was receiving from the town of Yarmouth did not cover the cost of the service. Hudson was having to use his own financial savings to keep the service running.
In a May 5 letter to the UARB, Hudson informs the regulatory board that Hut’s Transit has taken both of its 15-passenger vans out of service and he has surrendered his provincial licences for these vehicles.
“It would be greatly appreciated if you would remove these vehicles from your records because one has been sold and the other one is up for sale,” Hudson wrote. “I thank you for your help in this matter.”
Hudson has said the decision to discontinue his transit service is one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make.