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Halifax Transit cancels more bus trips amid labour shortages – Halifax

Extra Halifax Transit journeys are being cancelled because the service continues to grapple with labour shortages.

“The municipality is advising residents that because of present workers availability, Halifax Transit anticipates additional typical bus service shall be impacted,” Halifax Regional Municipality stated in a launch Friday.

“Consequently, starting Tuesday, August 2 and efficient till additional discover, extra choose Halifax Transit journeys are being cancelled. That is accomplished to offer extra certainty to passengers and permit them to plan.”

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A complete of 47 journeys shall be impacted, together with 31 journeys that have been beforehand cancelled. A full listing of affected journeys could be discovered on the Halifax website.

Halifax Transit is working a bus operator recruitment campaign “to extend staffing assets and resume common operations as quickly as potential.”

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Drivers burned out: union

Earlier in the week, the president of the union representing transit drivers stated bus drivers and ferry operators are overwhelmed and overworked.

Shane O’Leary, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Native 508, estimated that each morning the service is about 30 to 40 operators quick of what’s needed to finish the work.

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“Transit is so disturbing and I apologize to the general public if an operator or a member of the ferry will not be what you anticipated that day, however you don’t know what’s occurring behind the scenes. You actually don’t,” stated O’Leary.

“Our operators are on the market by alternative attempting to maintain the system working. The ferry guys are on the market by alternative attempting to maintain the system working. Making an attempt to work as a lot as they will. And you recognize what? That tends to burn folks out.”

— with information from Rebecca Lau

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