Calgary Transit service cuts halted by city council

via CBC

Council voted to spend $4M to maintain service levels

City council has hit the brakes on proposed service cuts to Calgary Transit.

The city wanted to cut 46,800 hours of bus service in 2018 to help balance next year's civic budget. Those cuts would have affected 56,000 transit users every week on 27 different routes.

In most cases, it would mean longer waits for buses.  But on some routes, service late at night or on weekends was going to be cut.

In its deliberations on adjustments to the 2018 budget, council voted Wednesday to spend $4 million to allow transit to maintain service.

Coun. Jyoti Gondek said she was pleased with the decision.

"I just don't think that it's appropriate for people at midnight to be waiting an extra 10 minutes to get to work or to get to wherever they need to go," said the rookie councillor.

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