City Beach Express, a transportation service for employees living in Charlottetown and working in Cavendish, New Glasgow, North Rustico and Stanley Bridge will run between June 22 and September 2.
“Every year, many businesses in the Cavendish area find it more and more difficult to find employees,” says Darcy Butler, Destination Manager, Tourism Cavendish Beach Inc. “Lack of transportation is definitely one factor. There is a pool of potential employees living in the Charlottetown area who may not have access to transportation, especially students whose parents may not be able to get them to work each day.”
“The bus service is great for employees who don’t have a way to and from work,” says Jacqueline DesRoches, General Manager, The Gables of PEI Resort in Stanley Bridge. “The service is also convenient for our guests who want to travel to Charlottetown.”
“Also, visitors staying in Charlottetown can use this service to reach the Cavendish area,” says Darcy.
This is the third year for the service. “We have already received feedback from parents whose children want to work but have no access to transportation. The service is great for young people who want to get work experience and earn money for the summer.”
Employees can pay by the day at $10 return or one-way at $7 or purchase a weekly or seasonal pass. Visitors pay a one-way fee of $29 return or $20 one-way.
Rides must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The bus will make a number of stops in the Charlottetown area, depending on ridership.
The service is operated by Prince Edward Tours and developed by Tourism Cavendish Beach in partnership with Discover Charlottetown and the Resort Municipality of Cavendish, as well as local operators such as Maritime Fun Group, Green Gables Golf Course, and The Gables Resort.
For more about Tourism Cavendish Beach Inc., visit www.cavendishbeachpei.com.
The service is funded in part through the support of Innovation PEI and Workforce and Advanced Learning.