November 27th, 2020

Modifications possible at lower-volume Transit routes


By Jensen, Randy on October 29, 2020.

The City says a variety of factors are currently impacting staffing levels at Lethbridge Transit which could affect the ability to maintain current routes. Herald file photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

A variety of factors are currently impacting staffing levels at Lethbridge Transit which could affect the ability to maintain current routes. As such, modifications may be required to some lower-volume routes in the coming weeks, the City of Lethbridge said in a news release Wednesday.

Transit riders are encouraged to download the MyRide app or visit the City website for real-time route updates. Through the app, riders can also sign up for push notifications and receive information about any changes that might impact their route. For those not using a smart phone, Lethbridge 311 is available during business hours to help answer any questions or concerns.

Long-term and short-term illness, as well as retirements are just some of the factors impacting driver numbers. Given the significant drop in transit ridership caused by the COVID-19 shutdown and, in particular, the lack to post-secondary students, hiring additional drivers is also a challenge at this time, the release said.

There have been no positive cases of COVID-19 within Lethbridge Transit and all safety protocols remain in place. This includes shields around the drivers, mandatory masking and enhanced cleaning measures. Lethbridge Transit remains a safe and accessible form of transportation for all residents.

City council recently heard a presentation from Lethbridge Transit outlining the low ridership concerns and accompanying options for possible service reduction. Council has deferred the decision which is expected to come back to an upcoming city council meeting.

For more information on Lethbridge Transit visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/transit.

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