Chapter closes on Acadian Lines
120 jobs lost in transition
Acadian Bus lines will permanently park its fleet of buses on Friday at midnight and with it will go 120 jobs.
"This is it for me," said a bus driver before closing the door and driving out of the Halifax station Friday morning.
The company terminated the employment of its drivers, customer service agents and administrative staff.
Maritime Bus is picking up the service and promising customers a seamless experience, but said it will use its existing staff to start the new operation.
President Mike Cassidy said they will be looking to fill additional jobs in the new year.
"Once we have buses on the roads, looking after our customers and our parcels we have to do a short list and we have to be looking for skill, experience, good attitude, team-building people and we have to make sure we have our staff in place over the next two or three months," he said.
Many Acadian employees are not waiting around. Several already said they are moving out west to look for work.