Saint John Transit

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Saint John Transit
Saint John Transit logo.png
Saint John Transit bus 43661.jpg
SloganThink transit
Headquarters55 McDonald Street Saint John
Service areaSaint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Hampton
Service typebus service
Routes21 local routes; 3 regional routes
HubsKing's Square North; Lancaster Mall; Place 400; Metcalf St; McAllister Place
Fleet53 vehicles
Daily ridership2,500,000 annually
OperatorSaint John Transit Commission
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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 5:50AM on main routes, and around 6AM for secondary and limited routes and ends as late as 12:10AM on some of the main routes and around 10PM on secondary.[1]

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
12 Martinon West-side
13 Milford / Greendale West-side
14 Churchill Heights 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
30 Champlain Heights East-side
31 Forest Glen East-side YES
32 Loch Lomond East-side
33 Champlain Express East-side
34 Silver Falls East-side
51 Hampton Comex Comex
52 Kennebecasis Valley Comex Comex
53 Quispamsis Comex Comex

Current fleet[edit]

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 Orion VII "Next Generation"

Past fleet[edit]


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.

Current issues and developments[edit]

  • In 2005 the ATU Local 1182 representing Saint John Transit workers tried to enter and share in the City Of Saint John pension plan. The City of Saint John has indicated that if ATU 1182 had the support of the International Association of Fire Fighter's Union 771, Saint John Police Association, Outside Workers Union 18 and Inside Workers Local 486 there would be no need to fight for a pension in court.

The City of Saint John Pension Board has claimed that the transit workers are not City employees because they belong to a "transit commission." It is, however, in the opinion of ATU that the bus drivers have been employed by the city-run commission since 1979. The issue is currently tied up in the courts.

  • The City of Saint John, along with the Federal and Provincial governments are investing in ComeX to reduce auto emissions. With the implementation of ComeX, greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop by 1,500 metric tonnes and downtown traffic will decrease by 800 vehicles a day over the next five years.[citation needed]
  • Saint John City Council has asked Federal MP Paul Zed to look into consolidating Saint John City Transit with the Saint John Port Authority, Saint John Airport and Saint John Parking Commission.[citation needed]
  • Transit service will be downsized drastically if funding is not solidified by early December 2011. Saint John Transit needs $900,000 to maintain current service. It is not much money, but the powers at be in City Hall do not seem concerned. There are a few that do care and may see another term in Council if they choose to run again.[citation needed]


External links[edit]

Media related to Saint John Transit at Wikimedia Commons