Two new transit routes start in Monday, March 13, 2006 here in Charlottetown.
Route #5, the “Around Town Loop,” is a reconfiguration of the old “Senior’s Bus” that pre-dated the new transit system. It’s now available to everyone. As the name suggests, it runs in a loop around the city, starting at the Confederation Centre of the Arts and ending at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, then going back the other way. I’ve updated the Interactive Charlottetown Transit Map with this new route’s route, stops and schedule information (you can grab the updated source if you’re playing the home game). Note that this route only runs Monday through Friday.
Route #6, the “Up Town, Across Town, Downtown” route, is a new route that runs at “certain times of the day for added customer service” (so says the schedule). Because it’s a somewhat more complex new addition — it’s really actually five distinct special purpose runs rather than a distinct route unto itself — I’ve not had a chance to add it to the map yet; I do expect it to be there within a week, however. In the meantime, a PDF schedule is available from the City of Charlottetown.
By the way, I asked my contact at Trius Tours about the odd-looking non-trolley buses branded “The Classic” and “The Caboose.” Have no fear — these are regular (if oddly branded) transit buses, and you may find situations where they’re running on routes normally served by the trolleys.