The buses have largely been sitting idle for 41 days without significant maintenance or running. Although citizens have seen some empty buses moving around the city as management has tried to keep some in running condition.
Mercier said that unless mechanics are able to return to work with time to get buses ready for drivers, there could be up to 500 temporary layoffs while the buses are brought back into running shape. According to the Ottawa Metro, the city is considering significant measures to try and get the fleet running, which will take a significant amount of time anyway:
OC Transpo is exploring the option to expedite the certification and inspections, and could even end up sending buses to Montreal, Kingston or Toronto to have some of the work done.Mainstream media coverage in:
Mercier said they will focus on the Transitway, mainline routes and hospital areas during peak-periods for the first two weeks. O-Train service would begin almost as soon as the strike is over.
The rest of the mainline routes across the city would come back on line over the next five weeks, with express and local services not expected in service during the peak hours until the seventh week.