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Public transit will not be a back at full strength by June 5

The head of the transit union says it will take at least 2 weeks
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A Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The province is set to reopen most of the sectors that were closed due to COVID-19, but getting where you need to go could be a challenge.

The province announced Wednesday many businesses, organizations and services could restart June 5th, but Ken Wilson, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 says, there’s public transit will not be at full service by then.

“I can assure you transit will not be ready for June 5th.”

He says he’s heard from Halifax Transit’s scheduling and planning department, and due to staffing and bus availability issues, it will take time to ramp back up to a full fleet of buses.

Wilson tells NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show, he estimates full service could be implemented within two weeks.

“I believe that we could do full service probably within two weeks if (Halifax Transit) give us the data and the members have the ability to look at it, to review it before we start picking our work,” he says. 

As for the new $780-million transit plan city council approved this week, Wilson says Bus Rapid Transit and fast ferries are the way to go in this city, but he questions the price tag coming out of the pandemic, particularly when it comes to electric buses.


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