June 3, 2022
Green MLA highlights New Brunswick’s inadequate public transportation
FREDERICTON – Kevin Arseneau, the MLA for Kent North and Green caucus advocate for Developing and Strengthening Communities, has released a video of his attempt to travel between his home near Rogersville and the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton using only New Brunswick’s fractured public transportation system.
“A good and reliable public transportation system could be used by all New Brunswickers,” said Arseneau. “But, this requires the political will to remove barriers, ensuring better coordination between rail, intercity bus and municipal transit while investing in strategic infrastructure.”
Arseneau’s 24-hour trip took him from Rogersville to Miramichi by train, and then from Miramichi to Moncton and Moncton to Fredericton by bus. He also utilized two of New Brunswick’s four municipal transit services in Miramichi and Fredericton. By car, this same trip would take him 2 hours and 15 minutes. Arseneau was struck by the lack of connectivity between the various transportation services.
“I hope that my video starts a conversation on how we can improve our public transportation system so we can be proud of it as New Brunswickers,” said Arseneau. “And I would challenge all MLAs to try to get to the Legislature using public transportation.”