Bus services will be reduced by up to 10% starting Friday

Nov 14 2019, 4:37 pm

Bus service will be reduced by up to 10% on Friday due to an escalation in job action by Unifor — the union representing bus drivers and Seabus workers in Metro Vancouver.

Unifor will be placing an overtime ban on bus operators effective Friday, November 15. This comes on top of the ongoing overtime ban currently in place for maintenance employees and a uniform ban that’s been in effect since November 1.

“As a result, customers should prepare for disruptions to bus service throughout the day. We estimate the union action will result in reductions in bus services of up to 10 per cent, said TransLink in a statement.

TransLink warns the job action will be “difficult” to predict for customers.

“Some routes will have gaps in service and there will likely be overcrowding,” said the Transit authority.

For updates on services, customers should check the following websites:

Talks between the union and Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) broke off on Thursday — the 14th day of job action — after no agreement between the two sides could be reached.

In a statement, the union said TransLink’s refusal to deal with the key bargaining issues has resulted in the mutual agreement to discontinue contract talks that began again this morning, and a continuation of service disruption for passengers.