Sunday bus service proving popular with customers

Charlottetown resident Matthew Mackay waits for the bus at the Charlottetown mall bus stop Sept. 16. Rebecca Moase photo.
Charlottetown resident Matthew Mackay waits for the bus at the Charlottetown mall bus stop Sept. 16. Rebecca Moase photo.

By Rebecca Moase

Sept. 17, 2015

Sunday morning used to mean a time consuming walk to church for Matthew Mackay of Charlottetown.

Mackay is one of many Charlottetown residents who use T3 transit as their primary source of transportation. Until Sept. 13, transit wasn’t available on Sundays.

During the summer walking is no trouble, but in winter it is too dangerous to walk, Mackay said.

“In the winter I use it all the time. It’s a Godsend.”

Transit became available on Sundays to Charlottetown residents for the first time on Sept. 13.

Bus No. 1 now runs every 30 minutes on University Avenue between the 11a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Renay Gallant is a T3 transit bus driver.

“I think it’s very positive for the passengers who have been waiting and asking for quite some time.”

Mike Cassidy is the owner of T3 Transit.

People were lined up waiting at 11a.m when the bus pulled up to the first stop, he said.

“I was pretty excited.”

Those who took advantage of the bus being available on Sunday were people going to work, shoppers, and students, Cassidy said.

Mackay was one of those able to take advantage of the bus being available on Sunday.

He can go to church, then catch the bus in plenty of time to get back up town.

“It was excellent. Normally I would have to skip church to walk.”

Cassidy said the goal is to have approximately 300 passengers on a Sunday. There were a total of 216 passenger fares on the first day.

“We had a great day.”

The customer asked for the service, they delivered, and they used it, he said.

“Sunday is here to stay.”

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