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Ride the bus for a buck this summer in parts of Cape Breton

Transit Cape Breton plans to offer bus rides for a loonie in July and August.

Fares on Transit Cape Breton buses usually range between $1.25 and $5

A passenger attaches a bike to the front of a Transit Cape Breton bus before boarding. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

It's still a deal, but it's no free ride.

Transit Cape Breton plans to offer bus rides for a loonie in July and August.

Last summer, people in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality were able to take the bus free of charge.

Bus fares usually range between $1.25 and $5.

Still affordable 

Mike MacKeigan, the municipal manager in charge of transit, said the dollar fare should still be affordable for residents.

He also said he doesn't expect the cheaper ride will mean less revenue for the municipality.

"We should pick up a fairly substantial amount of ridership," MacKeigan told the municipality's general working committee.

"And because we're picking up a loonie every time you board and reboard a bus, we believe that the result will be revenue neutral."

Bus to Louisbourg

Transit Cape Breton is working on several pilot projects as it tries to attract new ridership.

It also plans a summer route to Louisbourg twice a day in conjunction with Parks Canada, though exact routes and times have not been finalized.

MacKeigan said the Fortress of Louisbourg is expecting a big influx of visitors this summer in conjunction with Canada 150 celebrations and free Parks Canada passes.

Other projects under consideration by the transit service include an express service this fall from the North Sydney and Sydney Mines area to Cape Breton University, expanded service to New Waterford, and a new route through the First Nations community of Membertou.

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Wendy Martin

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