Transit cuts hurt quality of life – LETTER

Mayor and members of council:

I am writing to inform you that I am adamantly opposed to the proposed budget cuts that were released on March 1, 2016.

I am contacting you today not only as the President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1767, but also as a resident of Sault Ste. Marie.

Your proposed budget cuts to reduce Transit’s Sunday Service from 18 to 12 hours have been made without public conciliation and have been made with absolutely no regard for the citizens these cuts will effect.

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Alberta government launches transit strategy consultations – take the survey!

ATU Canada President, Paul Thorp, is encouraging Albertans to read the story below and follow the link to the survey (embedded in the story). The Alberta government wants to hear from the public as it develops a provincial transit strategy to serve residents in both rural and urban areas. Albertans can provide their input on funding criteria for city transit options and rural bus service needs, Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Tuesday as he launched the consultations.

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Public transit must be reliable, affordable

There was a time when he paid $160 a month for a bus that got him to work three hours too early.

And all he could do was resign himself to the fact that he was dependant on a bus schedule that wasn’t in synch with his life.

Not too long ago, Roderick Davidson, 44, lived in Welland and worked a night shift in Niagara Falls. Every night he’d catch the last Niagara Region Transit bus that left the terminal in downtown Welland, a short walk from his home.

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A bumpy ride for Niagara Falls transit changes

Riders and drivers need to have a say, council told


Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls By Richard Hutton

NIAGARA FALLS — Plans to introduce more frequent bus service on some routes in the city travelled a bumpy road, but will still be part of the city’s 2016 operating budget deliberations.

Some members of council, as well as a representative of the union that represents Niagara Falls Transit drivers feel the changes are being made without sufficient input from stakeholders, including drivers and riders.
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Winnipeg police union pans idea of cadets on transit buses

A plan to have police officers and cadets aboard Winnipeg Transit buses is not sitting well with the city’s police union, which says the city cannot use cadets to help patrol buses.

The Winnipeg Police Association says it would be a mistake to include cadets in the transit patrol plan, which is aimed at ensuring the safety of Winnipeg Transit drivers and riders.

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Winnipeg Transit drivers face escalating violence, says union

Transit drivers in Winnipeg are facing an increasing number of violent assaults on the job, says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505.

In 2015 alone there were approximately 60 assaults against transit operators in the city, an increase of 54 per cent, said ATU.

“It ranges from punching, spitting, slapping, kicking, weapons, coffee thrown at them, beer cans, you name it,” said John Callahan, president of ATU Local 1505.

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