OC Transpo to hand out 345 pink slips by Aug. 3

OC Transpo to hand out 345 pink slips by Aug. 3

We must maintain the fight against LRT and privatization.

The city of Ottawa’s transit service will be handing out layoff notices to 345 of its employees by Aug. 3, ahead of the anticipated opening of the Confederation light rail transit (LRT) line at the end of the year.

The city confirmed Tuesday afternoon that 342 of the affected employees are bus drivers.

Senior city staff had previously said the transition to the new LRT trains will lead to a reduction in OC Transpo’s bus operations — especially in the downtown core — as the trains will have a greater capacity than any of Ottawa’s buses.

John Manconi, the city’s general manager of transportation services, warned back in 2016 that OC Transpo expected to downsize its fleet by 170 to 180 buses once the Confederation Line, which will run east-west from Blair to Tunney’s Pasture, is in operation.

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