Bus company sees delays during Christmas rush

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CHARLOTTETOWN – The owner of a new Maritime bus service plans to study why there have been delays with the fledgling carrier.

The Maritime Bus Service took over from Acadian Bus Lines in early December, but its schedule has been falling behind during the Christmas rush.

Mike Cassidy told the CBC the company is selling more than 1,000 tickets a day, including people are parcels.

He said scheduling problems and high demand are causing delays.

He plans to look into the delays in the new year and look for ways to deal with them.

Organizations: Maritime Bus Service, Acadian Bus Lines, CBC

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN

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  • Max D.
    December 28, 2012 - 12:30

    We think, perhaps, it is never easy starting a new business venture on the heels of a collapsed business. In addition, the start of any business in the transportation industry in this day-and-age is bound to be filled with a variety of problems, some large and some small, which would make most of us simply walk away. Furthermore, starting a business such as this, especially in the month leading up to Christmas and New Year, brings with it a whole set of other problems which might normally not be so obvious should this undertaking be in June or July (e.g.: Maritime winter weather). Hopefully, and once Maritime Bus Service have their teething problems sorted out and their wheels firmly under them, they will be able to provide the type of service Maritimers have come to expect from their "over-the-road" coach company.

  • Tmack
    December 26, 2012 - 17:27

    Give them some time to work the bugs out. Extra volume of passengers and cargo is to be expected at Christmas. We need this service with 1000 tickets a day sold just look at the # of vehicles it's taking off the roads. It's in the environments best interest to keep the service going. Many people rely on this service to make there way around

  • pictou county people
    December 26, 2012 - 16:15

    There will always be a few rough patches when something like this starts up, especially on short notice in the winter during a busy time. I hope people give this company a break and have some patience when things aren't going 100%. Things will hopefully iron themselves out over time. The people of Pictou County and Northern N.S. need a service like this.

  • chief wiggam
    December 26, 2012 - 12:37

    i hope this company makes it.