Winnipeg Transit will reduce bus service and lay off 253 full- and part-time drivers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city announced Wednesday.
There has been a 72 per cent reduction in ridership compared to the same timeframe in 2019 and a 74 per cent reduction in revenue, the city said.
Mayor Brian Bowman has indicated several times in past weeks the city was considering the reduction of service.
The Amalgamated Transit Union wants the city to hold a full council meeting to debate the layoffs.
The city has made “no effort to explore volunteer layoffs, redeployment or bridged retirement,” the union said in a news release.
Transit will alter the weekday schedule effective May 4 to an “enhanced Saturday schedule.”
The bus schedule for Saturdays and Sundays will not change.
The new schedule requires 221 fewer buses than the regular weekday schedule.
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