Gary Hudson of Hut’s Transit stands next to one of his 15-passenger vans while it is parked on Main Street. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
Nearly a month after he ended his service, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) is holding a public hearing dealing with an application from Gary Hudson to abandon his Hut’s Transit motor carrier licence.
If no opposition to the application is received in advance, then the UARB says it may grant the application without a public hearing.
If the hearing does goes ahead it will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at the Rodd Grand Hotel starting at 9 a.m.
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 said he was having to use his own financial savings to keep the service running.
In a May 5 letter to 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.
Hudson is also giving up his charter licence.
The UARB says anyone opposing Hut’s Transit’s application must notify the board in writing by noon on Friday, May 23, stating reasons for their opposition either by mail, fax or email. Anyone wanting to participate as an intervener to present evidence at the hearing must also notify the board in writing by May 23.
A hearing notice is posted on the UARB's website.
The town of Yarmouth says it was Hudson’s decision to discontinue the transit service. It is now in the midst of a transit study to look at the town’s future transit needs and options.