I called the number (926-8814) at the George Town Dispatch and said I wanted to be picked up at the Sea Lodges near Rum Point. He first said, “The bus should be leaving soon” but when I asked how long he said “25 minutes.” This was at 8:45.
I waited inside for about 20 minutes and then sat out in the shade by the road and read. The bus came by 70 minutes after my call (I am thinking now he meant the bus would be leaving George Town in 25 minutes). The driver saw me, turned around and then picked me up.
There are 4 others in the bus that held 13 (plus driver). We made at least 8 stops on the way to George Town, with folks getting both on and off. From Bodden Town on, the bus was generally full. Despite all the stops, we arrived at the bus depot (right beside the public library) 52 minutes later.
I did some research in the library and then had lunch on Paperman’s deck (fun to watch all the cruisers from above). I got back to the bus depot around 12:45. Bus 8 arrived about 10 minutes later and we left for NS around 1:30. The depot was shaded and had benches to sit on. There were a lot less passengers (on and off) during the return trip.
Apparently any bus that heads to North Side (including the ones that also go to East End) have to wait their turn to leave (at about 15 minute intervals). I had the same driver and I believe he told me that he is the only one doing Route #8 (the North Side only route that can come to Rum Point for pick-ups).
The trip cost $8CI each way. I found it a very relaxing way to get into George Town when I was not in a hurry. Glad I had a book with me, though :)