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Mayor David MitchellIMG 2092 and the Honourable Mark Furey MLA for Lunenburg West and Minister of Justice, officially welcomed Bridgewater's two new public transit buses at a brief ribbon-cutting earlier this afternoon.

The two new buses symbolize the commitment that the Town has made to transit service going forward. After providing more than 50,000 rides in its first two years of operation, it became clear that transit service was essential for Bridgewater’s residents.

In April of 2020, Town Council committed about $430,000 to purchase the two brand-new buses. The Town received substantial grant support from the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage ($350,000) and from the Public Transit Assistance Program ($50,000) to assist in the purchase of the new buses.

It took about six months for the vehicles to be built by contractor Western Canada Bus, and they were delivered to the town about a month ahead of schedule. The buses went into operation on Saturday, November 21.

The new buses will represent a positive change for Bridgewater Transit’s riders. Those who struggled with the stairs at the front of the old bus, or had to use the lift at the back, will now be able to board easily at the front of the bus thanks to a lower floor and an automated ramp that lowers down to the curb for easy access.

On board, riders will find a hand sanitizer station, 18 comfortable seats and plenty of room to manoeuvre. There is also extra standing room with handles to hold on to for stability, so although the buses are physically a bit smaller, there’s lots of room for everyone!

Perhaps most importantly, the new buses will provide a much smoother and much quieter ride than the generation-old buses that have been the backbone of our service over the last three years.

It's now become a holiday tradition -- once again in 2020, Bridgewater's transit riders will get to enjoy some free rides and extra access to service over the next six weeks.

>>> Beginning this Sunday, November 29, and continuing on December 6, 13, and 20 -- each of the Sundays leading up to Christmas -- Bridgewater Transit will have FREE Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. thanks to an extremely generous sponsorship by the LaHave River Credit Union Ltd.

>>> Then, during Boxing Week, Bridgewater Transit service will also be free to all riders on December 28, 29, 30, and 31, thanks to another very generous sponsorship by the Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Bridgewater Transit, including out live transit tracker map, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus.