Maritime Bus organizing fleet for Dec. 1 start

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Local bus riders will experience no disruption in service when a new company takes over.

Officials with the new group, Maritime Bus, say they are ready for the Dec. 1 takeover of inter-provincial routes in the Maritime provinces.

“I know we have made the right decision to launch Maritime Bus Dec. 1," company president Mike Cassidy said. "Maritimers want a bus system and we are trying our best to make the changes they are suggesting."

Prince Edward Island users will have a morning and an extra afternoon run with direct access to Halifax and Moncton.

In addition there will be an evening bus out of Halifax and an early bus out of Moncton.

Cassidy said there will be five buses leaving Moncton-Halifax and Halifax-Moncton daily compared to the three that are in the existing schedule.

Customers can travel Halifax to Saint John with seamless connections and can return in the same manner.

Other areas serviced include: Cape Breton, Miramichi, N.B., Wolfville, N.S., Fredericton, N.B., Moncton, Antigonish N.S. and Truro, N.S.

Maritime Bus is working with VIA Rail, regional airports and municipal transit to provide connecting schedules.

In a statement issued this week, Cassidy said Maritime Bus is looking for a downtown Fredericton terminal, as well as positive changes in other cities to provide easier access.

Maritime Bus also intends to provide curbside pickup up and drop off service to universities and colleges where municipalities will grant approval.

“More times, more buses ... our Courier Express customers have more options to ship parcels/freight ... ship it with Maritime Bus... we say ‘blink and it will be there,” said Cassidy.

Customers will be able to reserve their tickets effective November 26, 2012 at www.maritimebus.com or can contact with any questions at info@maritimebus.com or 1-800-575-1807.

Organizations: VIA Rail, Fredericton terminal

Geographic location: Halifax, Maritime, Prince Edward Island Saint John Cape Breton Miramichi Wolfville Fredericton Moncton

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  • LET DOWN
    November 23, 2012 - 07:37

    Acadian Lines business problems were fixable. The EUB needs to be held accountable for what drove them to discriminate against Acadian but not this new Maritime Bus venture. I sense you might have some sort of link with them? I am almost certain that the 100 or so mostly long term and dedicated Acadian employees who will lose their jobs 3 weeks before Christmas would find this to be a "good news story" From what I understand a "Public Enquiry is being asked for as we speak. Let the truth speak for itself.

  • Bravo to Maritime Bus
    November 22, 2012 - 13:33

    Dear "Let Down" Is there always a need to scrutinize a good news story? Many people rely heavily on an inter-maritime bus service. Acadian lines had difficulty with their business, but now Maritime Bus has risen to the challenge. I am quite confident that they will do so effectively and with the customers' best interests at heart. I was unaware that we needed a "public inquiry" every time a company chose to provide a reliable and neccessary service to its citizens. Bravo Maritime Bus! Best of luck is this exciting endeavor.

  • let down
    November 21, 2012 - 18:38

    Very Odd that the EUB here in NB never allowed Acadian to modify it's runs over the years to the point they had to shut down, but are now basically giving this new company everything their hearts desire in a VERY short time. EUB basically destroyed the jobs of all those Acadian employees. WE NEED A PUBLIC ENQUIRY into this corrupt system and just what is going on here.