TORONTO, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Metrolinx would like to advise its
customers that it is currently in contract negotiations with the
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587, the union that represents
GO Transit bus drivers, GO station attendants, maintenance personnel,
transit safety and some office staff. In total, the ATU represents
1,851 of Metrolinx's 3,191 employees.
While we are hopeful that a settlement can be reached, we are advising
customers that the ATU's strike date is June 2, 2014. In the event of a
labour disruption, regular GO Train service would continue to get
customers to their destinations, but there would be no GO Bus service.
Additionally, there would be no weekend GO Train service to Niagara and
Customers who would be impacted by the disruption to GO bus service are
encouraged to prepare by considering other travel options. GO Train
customers are also encouraged to consider alternate travel options to
the GO station as there may be increased demand on rail services and
parking facilities. These options could include taking local transit,
bicycling, carpooling (visit www.smartcommute.ca for information on our
Carpoolzone program), teleworking, etc. We also encourage customers to
load their PRESTO cards online in advance.
We recognize that a labour disruption will create an inconvenience for
our customers. We remain hopeful that a settlement can be reached as we
continue our negotiations. We will continue to communicate updates
through the GO Transit website (www.gotransit.com), Social Media
channels, via our "On the GO Alerts" and via the Contact Centre. We
encourage all customers to check our website daily as information will
be updated as it becomes available.
Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area with a transportation system that is modern,
efficient and integrated. Find out more about The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA. Find out more
about GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, divisions of Metrolinx.
For further information:
For media inquiries:
Anne Marie Aikins, Manager, Media Relations & Issues, 416-202-5796 or 416-576-0859