The Maritime bus service that travels from Saint John to the international border and back hasn’t been on the road for five years but will be returning to the Maritimes.

The president of Maritime Bus says his company is being forced to cut or modify a number of routes in New Brunswick because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Cassidy says passenger travel demand has been heavily impacted since last March and says he had asked the three Maritime governments for subsidies to help his struggling business.

Cassidy said today in a statement he was forced to amend schedules after learning New Brunswick wouldn't provide his company a subsidy.

He says as a result, Maritime Bus is ending service on the routes between Campbellton and Moncton and between Fredericton and Edmundston.

The company says service between Fredericton to Saint John and Fredericton to Moncton has been modified.

New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon is calling on Premier Blaine Higgs to negotiate an agreement with the company to keep its buses on the roads.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2021.