OC Transpo reduces planned layoffs to 345 when LRT starts

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, July 25, 2018 OC Transpo has managed to cut down the number of planned layoffs, but the top boss says the transit agency is still hitting its worker reduction targets ahead of launching the $2.1-billion LRT system.

“We haven’t upsized the organization,” said John Manconi, general manager of transportation, on Wednesday.

Transpo is cutting 345 staff starting Dec. 1. Layoff notices went out this week. The transit service has roughly 2,400 unionized workers. It has always been Transpo’s plan to reduce the number of staff when the Confederation Line opens, since the transit agency will rely less on crosstown buses in a new LRT-backboned system. Trains will carry more passengers than buses and each train requires only one transit worker.https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/oc-transpo-reduces-planned-layoffs-to-345-when-lrt-starts