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Grand River Transit workers set to strike Monday

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Grand River Transit labour disruption is looking likely for Monday, April 3, beginning at 5:00 a.m.

Unifor Local 4304, which includes GRT bus operators, dispatchers, mechanics and service attendants, did not ratify the terms of a new contract that had been recommended by the Unifor bargaining committee. Read the announcements on the GRT site.

According to the Region of Waterloo, the following services will be affected:

  • Grand River Transit and Bus Plus Service – No buses will be running in Waterloo Region.
  • MobilityPLUS – “Every effort will be made to provide transportation for pre-scheduled dialysis trips only,” says the Region. Scheduled trips for work, medical (including clinics), and recreation are cancelled.
  • The TaxiSCRIP program will be available and is not affected by the service disruption. Specialized transit service provided by Kiwanis Transit  is not affected.
  • Bus Terminals – Transit terminals on Charles Street and Ainslie Street will be closed. 

Inter-city bus services are not affected. Greyhound will maintain regular scheduled pick up and drop off service, except that these services will be on the corner of Queen and Weber Streets. GO bus and Coach Canada service in Cambridge will pick up at the GRT stop on Ainslie and Dickson Streets. Bus operators will be selling fares on their buses.

Students, faculty and staff are advised to consider alternative transportation arrangements.

There are a number of campus transportation resources available, including:

For updates on public transit service, you can monitor local media, call the GRT information line at 519-585-7555 or visit the GRT website.