St. John's, NL - In co-operation with the Town of Channel-Port aux Basques, Marine Atlantic is pleased to announce that the summer bus service will be implemented again this year offering the Corporation's customers access to the Scott's Cove area of the Town.
In the previous two summers, Marine Atlantic and the Town have partnered in offering a pilot project bus service from Marine Atlantic's terminal building to the scenic Scott's Cove area of the community. With shops and live entertainment, customer feedback related to the service has been positive with year-over-year growth in passenger usage. Customers travelling on the 2345 summer sailings have the option of using the service, with designated times for drop off and pick up.
"Our partnership with the Town of Channel-Port aux Basques on this initiative has been very well-received by our customers and the community," said Don Barnes, Marine Atlantic's Vice President of Customer Experience. "We have heard the positive feedback from our customers with many feeling this has enhanced their overall travel experience. We look forward to the benefits of this continued service and are hoping that even more people take the opportunity to visit the Scott's Cove area this coming summer. "
Jim Lane, Town Councillor and Chair of the Marine Atlantic Sub Committee, along with fellow councillors, is pleased to be a part of this project and want to build upon the visitor experience from last year. "It is our goal to continue to provide tourists with an enhanced customer experience at the park," said Lane. "A tourism ambassador will meet passengers at the access gate and we will work with the vendors at the park to strengthen their knowledge of the area and the many attractions we have to offer in our quaint little town. This is a great opportunity for the downtown core and for the business community. We are very optimistic that this will be another successful tourism season. The partnership we have created with Marine Atlantic and the support they have shown to us has been highly valued."
Similar to last year's bus service, safety and security considerations remain the top priority with measures being implemented to protect customers, employees and operations. Marine Atlantic continues to work with Transport Canada regarding the service to ensure all security regulations are met. Due to operational, docking and fueling activities, all individuals wanting to access Scott's Cove must use the shuttle bus service.
To advise of the availability of this service, new marketing initiatives are being developed to provide customers with information before and after they arrive at the terminal. Marine Atlantic and the Town look forward to receiving customer feedback related to this initiative and will once again evaluate the results of the service following the summer season.
Marine Atlantic Corporate Communications
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Town of Channel-Port aux Basques