SASKATOON – Saskatoon Transit will not have enough buses available to run full service after the Labour Day long weekend, according to city officials.
The City of Saskatoon said on Friday it will not run full transit service starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
A backlog of maintenance on its fleet is preventing Saskatoon Transit from running all services. Saskatoon Transit director Bob Howe says a shortage of mechanics has led to the backlog.
“We have sent out as many buses for repair to the private sector as we can. We have also been attempting to hire qualified mechanics to maintain our fleet,” said Howe.
Howe said attracting new hires is difficult as the city can’t advertise a wage increase until there’s a collective agreement. It’s currently being disputed between the city and the union representing workers.
“In a highly competitive market it is difficult to recruit when still advertising 2012 wage rates”, said Howe.
The disruption will primarily affect high school specials, direct services and extra buses to accommodate high volumes of transit users.
Suspended or delays services on Tuesday, Sept. 2:
New temporary services provided on Tuesday, Sept. 2:
“We encourage transit users to consider adjusting their trip times, if possible, to avoid peak morning and afternoon trip times,” said Howe.
All regular routes and Dart routes will still be operating.
Also running on Tuesday, Sept. 2:
To find out if a route is affected or to plan an alternate route visit the city’s website or call 306-975-3100 for a customer service representative.