Saint John Transit
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|Headquarters||55 McDonald Street Saint John|
|Service area||Saint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Hampton|
|Service type||bus service|
|Routes||21 local routes; 3 regional routes|
|Hubs||King's Square North; Lancaster Mall; Place 400; Metcalf St; McAllister Place|
|Daily ridership||2,500,000 annually|
|Operator||Saint John Transit Commission|
Saint John Transit is the public transit agency serving Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Established in 1979 to provide scheduled transit service to the city, it is the largest public transit system in the province in terms of both mileage and passengers. Ridership on Saint John Transit’s system is about 2.5 million passengers per year and growing.
Saint John Transit’s ridership is approximately 50 percent higher than the average for Canadian cities with a population of between 50,000 and 150,000.
The agency's roots can be traced back to its six predecessors:
- People's Street Railway Company (1869–1876)
- Saint John City Railway Company (1887–1892)
- Consolidated Electric Company (1892–1897)
- Saint John Railway Company (1897–1917)
- New Brunswick Power Company (1917–1948)
- City Transit Limited (1948–1979)
Saint John Transit provides 7 day a week service, with a series of Main Line routes that provide the backbone of the system and feeder routes that connect at 4 major hubs throughout the city. Service begins as early as 5:50 am on main routes, and around 6 am for secondary and limited routes and ends as late as 12:10 am on some of the main routes and around 10 pm on secondary.
|Route name||Service type||Sunday
|1||Fairville Blvd Plaza via Rothesay Avenue||Main Line||YES|
|2||McAllister Place via Rothesay Avenue||Main Line||YES|
|3||Regional / UNB via Causeway||Main Line||YES|
|4||McAllister Place via Causeway||Main Line||YES|
|5||Regional / UNB via Churchill Blvd.||Main Line|
|6||King's Square via Churchill Blvd.||Main Line|
|7||Fairville Blvd Plaza||Main Line|
|8||King's Square||Main Line|
|13||Milford / Greendale||West-side|
|15||Harbour Bridge A/B||West-side||YES|
|20||Wright St. / Fort Howe||North and South|
|21||South End / St. Joseph's||North and South|
|23||Crescent Valley||North and South|
|25||Millidgeville / North||North and South|
|52||Kennebecasis Valley Comex||Comex|
Saint John Transit maintains an active fleet of approximately 60 buses.
- Nova Bus LFS
- Nova Bus LFS Artic (Ex. NovaBUS demo 40881 and 40882)
- Orion VI and VII "Next Generation"
- GMDD "New Look"
- GMDD "Old Look"
- GMDD "Classic" TC40-102N
- MCI "Classic" TC40-102N
- NovaBus "Classic" TC40-102N
- NovaBus RTS
Comex is the "Community Express" bus service that provides morning and after work service to citizens in outlying areas to and from Uptown Saint John. ComeX serves residents of Rothesay, Quispamsis and Hampton from Monday to Friday. Four buses form the basis of the ComeX service. ComeX was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and support from the Province of New Brunswick.
Rothesay and Quispamsis has six runs in the morning and six in the afternoon/evening. The last run in the morning and the last run in the evening begin at McAllister Place. Hampton has four runs in the morning and four in the afternoon/evening. The last run in the morning and the last run in the evening begins at McAllister Place.
The service uses two Nova Bus LFS Artics and numerous DaimlerChrysler Orion VII Next Generation Bus. Saint John Transit purchased the first Orion VII Next Generation bus to roll off the assembly line in Mississauga, Ontario.
In 2001 there were 92 bus drivers, mechanics and dispatchers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union locals 1182 and 1229.
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