AUGUSTA (AP) – A new bus service launches this week that will run between Augusta and Boston.

Beginning Wednesday, Concord Coach Lines will offer five daily trips to South Station and Logan Airport in Boston that leave Augusta between 6:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

The buses will operate out of the new Augusta Transportation Center, which has been in the works for nearly three years.

Concord Coach Lines’ owner Harry Blunt said the terminal is opening at a time when more people are looking to public transportation to reduce fuel expenses and help the environment.

In time, he expects annual ridership to be 35,000 to 50,000 out of Augusta.

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