03/15/2012 02:15 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Free ferry rides to begin today after 40-day Halifax transit strike

HALIFAX - Halifax ferries, start your engines.

After a 40-day strike, public transit will begin resuming today, starting with regular ferry crossings between Halifax and Dartmouth.

Buses will hit the streets on Friday.

That includes the Access-A-Bus service for people with disabilities.

Metro Transit says commuters won't have to pay a fare for the rest of the month, and February passes will be honoured throughout April.

Some 750 unionized bus drivers, ferry crew and maintenance workers walked off the job on Feb. 2.

Local 508 of the Amalgamated Transit Union and city council approved a new five-year collective agreement on Tuesday.