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Atlantic trucking companies ask for more Digby-Saint John crossings



YARMOUTH, N.S. – The Chronicle Herald reported today that representatives from the trucking and fishing industries had a positive meeting in Yarmouth yesterday when they asked Bay Ferries officials for more Digby-Saint John crossings.

“I think we made progress,” Brian Reynolds, owner of B.Reynolds Trucking said to the newspaper after the meeting.

According to Reynolds, the meeting saw close to three dozen people in attendance who asked for two crossings per day until March.

The newspaper explained that the trucking and fishing company owners are concerned about the first winter with the new ferry Fundy Rose, which replaced the larger Princess of Acadia vessel over the summer, that has nine fewer spaces for trucks.

To address this issue during the busy December season, an extra crossing per day was added and ended on Dec. 31.

The Herald said that since this is a good year for lobster there is a lot of product in trucks being left on shore.

“Without the second crossing, those trucks have to travel from southern Nova Scotia to Amherst and then through New Brunswick to the United States border. Trucking companies say that adds cost and time, and puts drivers on the road longer,” The Herald reported.

In response, Don Cormier, Bay Ferries’ vice-president of operations, said that they will be evaluating what they can do for the industries and will make a decision in a “timely manner.”

To read the full article in The Herald, click here.


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