Full Codiac Transpo service ready to roll

Codiac Transpo will be back up to full service on Wednesday, when it launches the four final routes, officials say.

4 final routes being launched on Wednesday

Codiac Transpo passengers will be able to ride for free until Jan. 31, but Tuesday is the last day to buy discounted taxi chits. (CBC)

Codiac Transpo will be back up to full service on Wednesday, almost seven months after the company locked out its workers in a contract dispute.

The final four routes of the redesigned system being launched include: 66 Caledonia, 80 Gunningsville, 70 Frampton and 71 Coliseum, senior transit planner Marie-Claire Pierce stated in a release.

Passengers will still be able to travel for free until Jan. 31, as promised when partial service resumed last month, she said.

But Tuesday is the last day for customers to buy discounted taxi chits from Moncton City Hall, Dieppe City Hall, or Riverview Town Hall, said Pierce.

Codiac Transpo had offered the taxi chits to help offset the cost of cabs during the lengthy lockout.

Customers who purchased a July monthly pass, and did not get reimbursed, can use their July pass throughout the month of February, Pierce said.

Anyone who still has a June pass can exchange it for a 20-ride punch pass, she said.

Codiac Transpo rolled out a series of changes to its routes and service on Dec. 6.

Some of the changes include more buses on 30-minute loops, reduced travel times, shorter waits at transfer points and the ability to expand or contract routes based on rider demand trends.

About 80 bus drivers, mechanics and service people were locked out on June 27, with wages being a key stumbling block.

The City of Moncton and Amalgamated Transit Union ratified a new deal on Nov. 30.

The 9.2-year collective agreement includes an average annual increase of 2.58 per cent.