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Cyr Bus Line celebrates a century behind the wheel

May 30, 2012
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Cyr employees and family members pose in front of one of the company's motor coaches. Left to right are Bookkeeper Becky Whitmore, her daughter Ruby, Company President Joe Cyr, IT expert Mike Cyr, and body work & painter Peter Cyr. Cyr employees and family members pose in front of one of the company's motor coaches. Left to right are Bookkeeper Becky Whitmore, her daughter Ruby, Company President Joe Cyr, IT expert Mike Cyr, and body work & painter Peter Cyr.
Old Town company marks 100 years in the transportation business

OLD TOWN - Traveling Maine's roadways and beyond has been good for the Cyr family. In fact, they found a way to make a business out it that has benefitted their family and thousands of passengers for the past 100 years.

"We started out as a horse and buggy company and eventually turned into motorized transportation with trucks, taxi cabs, school buses and motor coaches," explained Cyr Bus Line President Joe Cyr.

John T. Cyr & Sons/Cyr Bus Line opened in 1912 and this month the business celebrated its 100th birthday at its home office in Old Town.

"We had a lot of company. We had 450-500 people here in Old Town and we had games for the kids, public speakers, politicians, residents, and friends from the industry. We also had some great food," said Cyr.

For the majority of the time Cyr's been in operation, it has been ensuring children make it safely to and from school by supplying buses, drivers, or both to 18 different school districts from Bangor to Farmingdale. The company also provides tours for vacationers looking to take in the Eastern U.S. or Canada.

"We also do a line run from Bangor to Caribou, round trip every day. We've been doing that now since 1984," said Cyr.

To say the company has grown a lot over the last century is an understatement.

"We went from around 14 vehicles to 250 vehicles," said Joe. 'We've got a fleet but we have to replace it so often. If we didn't have to do that, we'd be rich, just like if we didn't have to buy fuel we'd be rich."

But the wealthiest investment of all for this company has been the number of Cyr family members that have earned a living keeping the family business running and rolling.

"I'm 44 and it's the only place I've ever worked," said Mike Cyr, the company's IT expert. For him, working with family has been enjoyable.

"Sometimes it's the greatest thing and sometimes it's not," said Mike. "I'm lucky. My younger sister works here. She's the book keeper and she brings her two babies in and that's nice."

But transportation hasn't always been the easiest field to work in since gas prices rose to over $3 a gallon.

"The economy has slowed us down the past year or so, but we're gaining back," said Joe.

And with 100 years of experience to draw upon, managing and providing transportation for another century to come should be a smooth ride for the Cyr business and family.

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