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Private bus from Liberty Village to Union finishes sold-out trial runs

10/10/2014 05:25 EDT | Updated 12/10/2014 05:59 EST
This week residents in Liberty Village were able to try out Line Six, a private, crowd-funded bus service with daily trips downtown during rush hour from the fast-growing neighbourhood along King Street West.

For $5, the for-profit company offers a one-way chartered bus from the condo-heavy neighbourhood to Union Station.

What do passengers think of the service compared to riding the 504 streetcar, the city's busiest?

"I've been using the 504 for about four years and it's just gotten unbearable," said one rider. "It's a sardine can, everyday."

"I'm tired of the King streetcar. I haven't got a seat in five years," said another. "I feel spoiled in this private bus."

Part of the appeal was free coffee and snacks, offered daily by the Line Six operators.

"What we think is unfair is that there are communities in this city that are underserved by the TTC," said Brett Chang, one of the founders of the route. "We think that these challenges can be fixed by an alternative transit system."

Chang said the startup can make money as a transit alternative in the future. 

Now that the Liberty Village pilot trips are complete, the focus is on expanding Line Six services across the Greater Toronto Area, say organizers.

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