Stellarton, NS (February 23, 2023) – After a successful three-year pilot project, Pictou County Transit (PCT) becomes a permanent public transit service. The one-hour fixed-route transit service will be funded through the Town of New Glasgow and the Town of Stellarton’s operational budgets, with scalability to expand to other towns. Due to the strong ridership observed during the pilot project, the two towns consider the service to be a good return on investment and a core service for their residents.

“Public transit is an essential part of any vibrant, growing community,” said Mayor Nancy Dicks, Chairperson of the Pictou County Transit Authority (PCTA), “we are happy the community has responded so positively to the service.” Danny MacGillivray, Manager of Pictou County Transit indicated, “We knew there was a definite need in our region for expanded transportation options and we are pleased Pictou County Transit has helped fill some of that need.”

To this end, PCT has developed an expansion to the service.  Joining PCT through a sale of the service agreement will be the Towns of Pictou, Trenton, and Westville as well as Pictou Landing First Nations.  It will be a three-year pilot project, a 9-passenger van going into each community three times a day to pick up and drop off passengers.  The van will feed the main loop in New Glasgow and Stellarton.  The loop will remain unchanged, as it services the urban core of Pictou County where most of the major destinations are found (grocery stores, healthcare facilities, Highland Square Mall, Wellness Centre, etc.).  All parties are excited about this expansion opportunity and anticipate a good uptake from residents of the four new participating communities.

Mayor Don Hussher of the Town of Trenton states, “We have witnessed the success of PCT and are elated to provide this service to our citizens of Trenton. Our goal is always to improve the quality of life for our residents, and we believe PCT will assist in reducing barriers, and help create a more sustainable and connected community.”

Pictou County Transit Authority is a municipal corporation that is currently owned by two municipalities but structured in a manner that will welcome new municipal owners in the future. It was launched in May of 2021 as a three-year pilot project, a one-hour fixed-route bus service between the Towns of New Glasgow and Stellarton. During the pilot period, an average of about 2,500 people used the transit service every month. In 2023, this number grew to over 3000 riders per month. Thanks to the support of the originating municipalities, service organizations in Pictou County, the community as a whole, and a real need in Pictou County for a public transit option, the pilot project has been a resounding success.