|Slogan||"A time just for you..."|
|Founded||1 August 1938|
|Defunct||30 November 2012|
|Headquarters||92 Lester Street,
Moncton, New Brunswick
|Service area||Eastern Canada|
|Service type||Intercity coach service|
The company was established in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 1 August 1938 as Nova Scotia Coach Lines, a division of United Service Corporation. In 1947, it became known as Acadian Lines and on 28 December 1955, Acadian Lines became a wholly owned company when it was purchased from United Service Corporation by George C. Thompson, Ralph A. Pepper, and Gordon H. Thompson. The company subsequently purchased the bus operations of Fleetlines Limited of Halifax and Highland Lines of Sydney. Acadian Lines operated regular passenger and parcel express services between communities throughout the province.
Acadian Lines was Nova Scotian-owned until December 1995, when the Irving Transportation Group purchased Acadian Lines Ltd. and merged SMT (Eastern), an Irving subsidiary which operated scheduled and chartered bus services in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, with Acadian Lines while maintaining and expanding the Acadian name throughout the Maritimes.
In 2004, Irving Transportation Group sold Acadian Lines to the Orléans Express group. Orléans Express modified the company logo to include an upside-down "a" for the third "a" (thus becoming Acadiɐn); the legal company name remains spelled "Acadian" for correspondence. Effectively, this made the logo a bilingual ambigram, as the "ɐ" could either stand for "a" (English), or "e" (French).
From 2 December 2011 until 16 May 2012 the company completely shut down its New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island operations after it locked out 59 drivers with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229 over a contract dispute. Although Acadian Lines operations in Nova Scotia continued to function, the lack of service in New Brunswick meant that inter-city bus service from Nova Scotia to central Canada was interrupted during this time.
Service restarted in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on 16 May serving a limited route network. Routes north of Moncton, New Brunswick to Campbellton, New Brunswick as well as from Saint John, New Brunswick to Fredericton, New Brunswick were reduced or eliminated. Additional buses on existing routes to Prince Edward Island were eliminated. Acadian Lines ceased operations in all three provinces on 30 November 2012, citing financial losses due to regulatory inflexibility for routes.
The company was incorporated as Acadian Coach Lines LP/Autocars Acadien SEC in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Additionally, the company has a subsidiary incorporated in the three provinces named Acadian Motor Coach Tours LP/Tours Autocars Acadien SEC.
- Acadian Lines Archives Canada
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- "Acadian Bus Lines shutting operations by November". CBC News. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.