STUSU charters bus back to school

The St. Thomas University students’ union has chartered a bus to bring students back to campus as the second month of the Acadian Lines lockout begins.
A 32-seat bus has been booked leaving Amherst on Sunday. The bus will stop in Moncton to pick up more students before continuing to Fredericton.
The service will be similar to the bus chartered by the union on Dec. 18.“We saw that there was some demand for coming back. We figured since most people are coming back Sunday, let’s run a bus on Sunday,” STUSU president Mark Livingstone said.

Students in Nova Scotia will be able to use Acadian Lines buses to get to Amherst as buses are still running in that province. The Acadian bus is scheduled to stop in Amherst at 3:47 p.m.

The STUSU chartered bus will leave from the Acadian Lines bus stop, at 213 South Albion St. in Amherst, at 4:30 p.m.

A stop will be made in Moncton at the Holiday Inn Express at 2515 Mountain Rd. at 6:30 p.m.

The bus is scheduled to arrive in Fredericton at 8:30 p.m. and drop off students at the Forest Hill residences and in the Vanier parking lot.

Livingstone said the route was picked because there was more demand coming from Moncton and Nova Scotia.

He said the bus chartered on Dec. 18 only had 16 passengers, half the capacity of the bus, in part because everyone finished their exams at different times.

He thinks there will be more demand this time because most people will be returning on Sunday.

If the STUSU books more than three quarters of the 32-seat bus, he said they have the option to upgrade to a 52-seat bus.

Livingstone says he doesn’t want to have to charter buses for March break and hope the Acadian Lines labour dispute is resolved soon.

“At the end of the day they’re the ones in the business of running buses,” he said.

Reservations for the bus can be made by leaving a message at (506) 460-0301.

Fares will be $40 for those departing from Amherst and $30 for those departing from Moncton. Payment will be made at the bus stop prior to boarding.

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