Con­nect­ing Charlottetown and Cavendish

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A new bus ser­vice has been set up pri­mar­ily as an ef­fort to get tourism work­ers from Charlottetown to the Cavendish area dur­ing the sum­mer.

The City Beach Ex­press was or­ga­nized and pro­moted by pri­vate busi­ness in­ter­ests in Cavendish, plus tourism pro­mo­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion in both Charlottetown and Cavendish.

“There are plenty of jobs avail­able, but in a sea­sonal, ru­ral com­mu­nity like Cavendish, there aren’t enough lo­cals to fill those jobs,” said Sandi Lowther, chair­woman of Tourism Cavendish Beach and owner of a num­ber of prop­er­ties in the area. “Fac­tor in the cost of travel, and the fur­ther away some­one lives, the less at­trac­tive those jobs be­come.”

Lowther and sev­eral other busi­ness own­ers in the Cavendish area worked with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, Dis­cover Charlottetown, Tourism Cavendish Beach, and the Re­sort Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to cre­ate the City Beach Ex­press.

The bus ser­vice makes three trips each day.

The City Beach Ex­press is timed so work­ers can make morn­ing and evening shifts and have trans­porta­tion home, said an an­nounce­ment from the P.E.I. gov­ern­ment. There are a num­ber of pick up and drop off lo­ca­tions on the north shore and in Charlottetown. A round trip is $25 for trav­el­ers. Work­ers from spon­sor­ing busi­nesses pay $10.

Five lo­cal busi­nesses con­trib­uted a to­tal of $5,500 to help sub­si­dize the cost of the ser­vice for their work­ers. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment pro­vided $35,000 to help fund the project and to give the bus it­self a spe­cial paint job for a quick way to iden­tify it.

“Dis­cover Charlottetown is very ex­cited to be part of this project and help vis­i­tors see more of the Is­land, in a unique way,” chair­man of Dis­cover Charlottetown Lee Drake said. “Vis­i­tors Stay­ing in Cavendish can now visit Charlottetown for sup­per and en­ter­tain­ment, and then take the bus back to Cavendish. This is a great ex­am­ple of a tourism success story when groups work to­gether.”

See the bus web­site at https://­beach­ex­

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