Small STC cost savings will have wide reaching consequences

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Since April 2013, we have driven back and forth from the Southwest to Regina for my wife’s medical treatment, relieved that as winter sets in that we can now rely on the Saskatchewan Transit Service to provide my wife’s travel to and from Regina, which starting in November will be weekly. Even though is has been a four to five hour drive each way from our home to Regina, the doctors, nurses, support staff, and volunteers have been wonderful, providing the highest quality services in facilities that we can all be proud of.

For patients requiring long term therapies, the STC medi-pass provides a safe, reliable, yet affordable means to maintain their medical treatment schedules. The STC is an essential component of our

health care system, a system that can’t really be considered "Universal" without the STC, since the bus ensures that all our people have access to life saving therapies that are only available in our largest cities.

The STC has a value that can't be measured  merely in dollars and cents when one considers how critical the bus service is to the quality of life for our seniors, medical patients, the disabled, and those on fixed incomes. Can you imagine eliminating SaskPower, or SaskTel to any rural community in Saskatchewan because it is no longer considered worth the cost? I can't, and until recently I couldn't imagine the elimination of our bus service.

The Provincial government boasts in its own literature that the 2013 budget for highways and infrastructure is $576 million, while at the same time reminding our citizens in the Southwest that the $140,000 annual operating cost of our STC bus route is simply "unaffordable". The elimination of the STC scheduled service will have far reaching consequences for the towns of Eastend, Shaunavon,

Scotsguard, Admiral, Cadillac, Ponteix, Aneroid, Hazenmore, Kincaid, Meyronne, Woodrow, Palmer, and Mazenod when this vital part of our infrastructure is terminated on Jan. 1, 2014.

Kent Tate - Shaunavon

Organizations: STC

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Eastend Ponteix Shaunavon

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