Calgary Transit to reduce services by 30% due to revenue loss

May 8 2020, 8:54 am

Calgary Transit is about to see even more cuts to its services.

The City of Calgary announced in a release on Thursday that the Calgary Transit would be seeing a service reduction of 30% beginning May 25 as a result of impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on revenue and ridership.

According to the release, transit services will be operating on hours reduced by 30% following the cuts, when compared to March 2020 levels.

“To make the necessary cuts in service, the entire transit system has been evaluated to ensure we are still able to provide meaningful service to the many Calgarians that rely on us to get to important places like work, the grocery store and medical appointments,” the release states.

“These changes will ensure coverage across our city, but there will inevitably be some negative impacts to the customer experience.”

The May 25 cuts will temporarily remove 25 routes, reduced the frequency of 30 routes during weekdays, and reduce the frequency of 19 routes during weekends.

The cuts are expected to result in 430 employees being impacted.

More information on the service changes, such as which routes will be temporarily removed and which will see a reduction in frequency, will be communicated to the public on the City of Calgary’s website at a later date.