Yarmouth unveils smart-card technology for new transit bus

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood hopes residents of her town will buy into a new transit system that means riders will no longer have to search for small bills or change to ride the bus.

'It's money well spent. People need to get around in their community'

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood hopes residents of her town will buy into a new transit system that means riders will no longer have to search for small bills or change to ride the bus.

"It's a smart-card technology where you can get a pass for a day, a week or a month," said Mood.

The 14-passenger bus will not take cash. It will operate Monday through Saturday and will make 16 scheduled stops in a 45 minute loop. 

Smart cards allow riders to reload the card from their homes. Pre-printed passes will also be available. Daily passes can be bought for $3 and weekly passes cost $15.

The town has purchased a bus for $158,000, along with bus-pass technology costing another $34,000. It is set to roll out beginning Feb. 1.

"It is money well spent," said Mood. "It's really important that people are able to get around their community. A lot of people, especially older people, don't have vehicles so we just really want to make it simple."

Among the stops will be the Nova Scotia Community College Burridge Campus, Yarmouth Mall, Yarmouth Regional Hospital and the Mariners Centre.

The new bus is a low-floor accessible vehicle that comes with a wheelchair ramp and bike rack.

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