December 1, 2016 7:43 am
Updated: December 1, 2016 12:52 pm

Saskatoon Transit routes disrupted Thursday by ATU 615 job action

Saskatoon Transit cancels over 20 buses for Thursday afternoon service due to ATU Local 615 job action.

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Saskatoon Transit has cancelled over 20 buses for Thursday afternoon service due to job action by members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615.

Five of those are on high school routes:

  • Route 331 – servicing Aden Bowman and Walter Murray leaving at 2:27 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 81.
  • Route 331 – servicing Holy Cross leaving at 3:25 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 81.
  • Route 342 – servicing Bedford Road and Mount Royal leaving at 2:40 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 5.
  • Route 342 – servicing E.D. Feehan leaving at 3:25 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 5.
  • Route 352 – servicing St. Joseph High School leaving at 3:25 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 45 and transfer at 104 Street and Central Avenue to Route 18.

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The following buses on regular routes have been cancelled:

  • Route 20 – South Industrial Special from Melville Street and Brand Road to downtown at 5:06 p.m.
  • Route 22 -Montgomery from Confederation Mall to Montgomery at 3:29 p.m.
  • Route 22 – Montgomery via Confederation from the downtown terminal to Montgomery at 3:31 p.m., 4:01 p.m. and 5:01 p.m.
  • Route 23 – from Shaw Centre to Confederation Mall leaving at 3:15 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 3:57 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.
  • Route 23 – Blairmore from Confederation Mall to Shaw Centre leaving at 3:47 p.m., 4:24 p.m. and 4:54 p.m.
  • Route 101 – University Direct from Campus Drive and College Drive to Lakeview at 2:40 p.m.
  • Route Abilities Special #1 – from Abilities Council to downtown at 4:15 p.m.

Transit officials said higher passenger volumes on a number of routes may result in full buses:

  • Route 2 – Meadowgreen from downtown between 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Route 4 – Willowgrove Square from the U of S between 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
  • Route 6 – Market Mall from the U of S between 3:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m.
  • Route 17 – Stonebridge from the U of S between 3:11 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.
  • Route 18 – College Park from the U of S between 3:07 p.m. and 5:37 p.m.
  • Route 40 – Evergreen from the U of S between 3:17 p.m. and 5:17 p.m.
  • Route 45 – Kenderdine from the U of S between 3:02 p.m. and 5:02 p.m.
  • Route 50 – Lakeview from the U of S between 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
  • Route 55 – Lakeridge from the U of S between 3:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.
  • Route 82 – Centre Mall via Main Street from the U of S between 3:14 p.m. and 5:44p.m.
  • Route 81 – Centre Mall via Taylor Street from U of S between 3:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.
  • Route 60 – Confederation from downtown between 3:15 p.m.  5:45 p.m.
  • Route 65 – Kensington from downtown between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

City officials said drivers are refusing to work overtime and with the current work to rule campaign, delays, cancellations and overcrowding on other buses is possible.

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Transit officials said they are reducing bus frequencies on some routes in response to the refusal of transit drivers to work overtime.

Riders can see service alerts on both the Saskatoon Transit and the city’s websites, using the transit app and by following Saskatoon Transit on Twitter.

Access Transit is not affected as it is an essential service.

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