New regional bus service launches Saturday from Charlottetown

Dave Stewart
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Adam Doiron, co-owner, Maritime Bus sits on one of the busses that will be servicing routes around the Maritimes beginning Saturday.

The new Maritime bus service launches from Charlottetown on Saturday morning at 6:45.

With all the regulatory hurdles now cleared, Maritime Bus is ready to fill the void left recently by Acadian Bus Lines.

"It's a huge challenge,'' owner Mike Cassidy said Thursday.

But it's a challenge he says his company is more than ready to take on.

"We just felt we had to do it,'' Cassidy said when asked why he's doing it. "It's nice that we were in the business, and it helps when you have infrastructure and you have people, you have staff, you have buses and you know the industry.''

Maritime Bus is doubling the frequency for Prince Edward Island. The bus will leave the province in the morning and again in the afternoon and is now coming back twice a day.

"You'll be home at noon hour and you'll be home at 9 o'clock (at night).''

Cassidy said there will be a bus leaving Halifax at 9 a.m. and arriving back on P.E.I. at noon.

He's going to concentrate on getting the service up and running before diving into full-time hires.

More than 400 resumes came in to Maritime Bus and some of those are from former staff with Acadian.

"I have four or five Acadian drivers with me just part-time in my charter business. I have the ticket agents and, I think, come Saturday morning I have seven or eight Acadian ticket agents that will be helping me throughout the region.

"You have to remember the Acadian people have experience, a passion for the business but I have to be fair to everybody that put in a resume.''

The new company will operate in three provinces under the name Maritime Bus. While rates may stay the same, Maritime Bus will use smaller vehicles on runs that weren't profitable for Acadian.

Cassidy said the new company did $1,200 worth of business on Wednesday after the website launched from approximately 350 emails and 300 phone calls.

"It's very, very encouraging. The community support . . . it was tremendous.''

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Organizations: Acadian Bus Lines

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Halifax

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  • Michelle joseph
    November 30, 2012 - 17:50

    I was wondering if the new bus will be stopping in Amherst??

  • This is great news . . .
    November 30, 2012 - 13:31

    Please book seats (one way) for the following: Robert Ghiz, Robert Vessey, Valerie Docherty, Janice Sherry, Allen Roach, Charles McGeoghegan, Alan McIsaac, Buck Watts, , Robert Mitchell, Doug Currie, Richard Brown, Kathleen Casey, Bush Dumville, Ron MacKinley, Carolyn Bertram, Carolyn Bertram, George Webster ,Wes Sheridan, Gerard Greenan, Paula Biggar, Sonny Gallant, Robert Henderson, and Pat Murphy.

    • As they say here abouts, Go Away . . .
      November 30, 2012 - 13:49

      When we go the Premier's Levy this January 1st, there's a plan afoot to bring empty luggage. Maybe they'll get the message!

  • Let Down
    November 30, 2012 - 11:06

    Acadian Lines has BUSTED it's union aided by Government and others. All unions, members, and supporters should find alternate transportation other then this newly, and very suspicious company created to replace Unionized Acadian Coach lines workers. Disgracefull. A PUBLIC ENQUIRY into this mess will answer our questions. Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bus Supporter
      November 30, 2012 - 11:33

      People need to realize this is not a suspicious company..this company has been doing motorcoach transportation for a very long time. Acadian Lines pulling out has nothing to do with Maritime Bus.... a local guy steps up to the plate for passengers who require transportation. Perhaps if the union members were cooperative and not so greedy they wouldn't be in this predicament. Best wishes to Maritime Bus....I know they will succeed...the Local Company has it's heart and staff all ready to serve!

    • Halifax Author
      November 30, 2012 - 12:51

      Another union fan who missed the memo on unions slowly but surely disappearing. A public enquiry? I don't think so.

    • Nifty Fifty
      December 03, 2012 - 09:34

      Obviously Let Down is a very disgruntled Union Member! There is no reason what so ever that there should be a public enquiry! Maritime Bus is not a suspicious company at all! It is run by two very competent business men who know more about the bus industry than Let Down could possibly know. Not everyone thinks that they need to have a Union as most companies get along better without one. This has been proven many times. If you want a Union go work for a company that has a Union simple as that! I, in fact am very proud to finally have our inter-provincial bus service owned and operated by a Maritime Company. Only those who live in the Maritimes knows what Maritimers need!

  • budglo
    November 30, 2012 - 03:35

    Great, but is this service leaving PEI in time to catch a train from Moncton??