TransLink and the provincial government announced Friday morning that they have cancelled the planned May 18 service reductions to Metro Vancouver’s public transit system.
On this date, a total of 41 bus routes were planned to be temporarily suspended, and all remaining bus routes would have seen their service levels decrease to weekend frequencies or less.
Additionally, TransLink will rescind its layoff notices issued to nearly 1,500 employees.
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It is not immediately clear what kind of arrangement has been made between the public transit authority and the provincial government, but TransLink and its Mayors’ Council have been asking for emergency operating funding from both the provincial and federal governments.
According to a release, the cancellation of the plan to reduce services aligns with the provincial government’s plan to restart BC’s economy starting in the middle of May.
Prior to Friday’s announcement, the provincial government committed to restoring TransLink’s service levels to near normalcy (90%) starting in September, when schools and post-secondary institutions and more of the economy are expected to reopen. There was uncertainty with the public transit system’s ability to deliver for the summer months.
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