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Frequency reduction approved for Transit

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Timmins Transit is going ahead with a frequency reduction on some bus routes until the end of August.

City council approved the plan last night, to deal with a shortage of drivers and to avoid having to cancel some vacations, as it did last summer.

Instead of coming every half hour, it will be 45 minutes between buses, mostly on Route 16 coming from the East End to the Spruce Street terminal, and 37 and 38, from there to Timmins Square.

Transit GM Marcel Coté answered a question from Coun. Cory Robin, about whether passengers can still hop off one bus, right onto another.

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“There will be a short waiting period of about 15 minutes for some transfers,” Coté said. “But that’s again the nature of having this type of system for the next three months.”

Coté says the change will likely take effect on Monday, allowing riders that time to notify employers and amend work schedules.

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