Current Status of Summer and Holiday Service

There were two reductions to Transit service levels in 2010.

  •  Service on statutory holidays was cancelled (I provided more of the history on this in my last post)
  •  Service during weekdays in June, July and August was reduced from 20 minute frequency to 30 minutes

(Note: There was no service on Sundays in August in 2010. This was part of a one-time 5-day work reduction across the entire City operations, with the exception of emergency services, to respond to the economic recession and declining municipal revenues. This work reduction is not being proposed for 2011).

Only Council has the authority to restore service on holidays and leaving service at 20 minutes in the summer. This has been highlighted in the Budget Overview to ensure Council knows these items had not been reinstated and Council would have to restore these two services as part of the budget process if they so chose to do so.

Council will need to wrestle with the alignment and timing of these two services with the implementation of the Transit Growth Strategy – both from an operational and community benefits perspective. The system of routes and service frequency will change with the implementation of the Transit Growth Strategy which is being timed with the opening of the new Transit Terminal.  That is likely to be later in 2011.

Meanwhile everybody wants their service now.

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