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Maritime Bus to continue South Shore runs


Following a six month pilot project, Maritime Bus has committed to its service along the South Shore. The new schedule will see two trips between Lunenburg County and the city. - Michael Graves
Following a six month pilot project, Maritime Bus has committed to its service along the South Shore. The new schedule will see two trips between Lunenburg County and the city. - Michael Graves - Contributed

After a six-month pilot project, Maritime Bus has announced it will be continuing its service in Lunenburg County.

Maritime Bus, which has 30 connections throughout Nova Scotia, will now be offering two trips per day between the county and Halifax.

The service will be available seven days a week.

Michael Graves, the co-ordinator on behalf of the United Way of Lunenburg County, said the service is an important link for the South Shore.

“It gives the people in Lunenburg County the chance to get to Halifax and beyond. There are people in rural communities who struggle with transportation at times,” he said.

The Lunenburg County Maritime Bus Pilot Project was originally launched on Sept. 10, 2018.

Throughout this time, said Graves, the service averaged between 16 and 17 people over three runs.

The new schedule will see a 9 a.m. departure from Lunenburg County and a 4 p.m. departure from downtown Halifax.

Graves said the schedule is based upon the most popular times from the pilot project.

He also noted there is the potential that Maritime Bus will add another run if the service continues to grow in popularity.

“As more people use it and as more people talk about it, it will be a success,” said Graves.

“It’s a real asset for people.”

A round trip ticket from either Bridgewater or Lunenburg to the city can be purchased for under $60. There are also discounts available for students and seniors.

Graves said it was important to provide value for people looking to use the service.

“We wanted it to be affordable,” he said.

Maritime Bus also has 44 destinations in New Brunswick, six in P.E.I. and five in Quebec.

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