Calgarians tweet their frustrations over cutbacks to public transit

Sep 6 2019, 5:36 pm

There was a spike in complaints to Calgary Transit’s Twitter handle this past week, which normally happens this time of year, after Labour Day, when scores of people return to work and school.

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But this year’s peak commute week was also hampered by significant cuts to the public transit service’s budget, approved earlier this summer by city council.

Both bus and CTrain services have been reduced in frequency, with the cuts made largely outside of the peak hours.

In total, 80,000 hours of service have been cut, including frequency cuts of up to 50% on some services during certain hours.

On the Red Line, weekend train frequencies have fallen from every 10 minutes to 15 minutes, while weekday train frequencies between 8 pm and 10 pm have dropped from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes.

Similar frequency cuts have been made to the Blue Line, with weekend train frequencies seeing reductions from 10 minutes to 16 minutes, and weekday train frequencies between 8 pm and 10 pm dropping from every 10 minutes to every 16 minutes.

And Calgarians are certainly noticing these reductions.

Along with less frequent trains and bus routes, this means transit riders are also waiting longer times during the transfers between services, and transit vehicles have been more packed than usual.

Here is a roundup of a select number of tweets from frustrated transit riders:

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