OC Transpo has rescinded the layoffs issued to more than 100 bus operators as they get ready for major transit changes on October 6.
"This is a good day for everybody," said Transit Chair Allan Hubley. "It's a good day for the employees of OC and it's also a really great day for the riders of OC Transpo because it means we're going to be able to improve the services."
Hubley says this will allow them to add more buses to areas in the suburbs, like Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans and Barrhaven where buses are constantly at capacity.
"If we can add some capacity, we're going to be able to add more ridership," Hubley noted.
A memo issued by Transportation General Manager John Manconi on Thursday noted that the remaining 138 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions will be used to fill vacancies in service initiatives.
"Since 2016, OC Transpo has been committed to ensuring that the workforce adjustment is implemented in a transparent and respectful manner. Management has worked collaboratively with union partner, Human Resources and Labour Relations to develop strategies to offset the number of impacted employees resulting in this very positive outcome." - OC Transpo memo, John Manconi
Manconi said he understands that these times have been difficult and uncertain and thanked staff for their patience, commitment and understanding.