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September 3rd, 2010:

Parents – be advised…

Parents and students – be warned. The Amalgamated Transit Union is saying that there will be problems next week when everyone returns to classes.

I’d take the warning seriously and plan accordingly.

A document obtained by CTV Ottawa from the Amalgamated Transit Union shows 680 bus trips have been cancelled and not backfilled this week, leaving transit users stuck waiting at the curb.

“There was only one bus at St. Laurent and it was so full and everyone was in it. And I had to wait and I came late to school,” said student Hagar Lakhtar, whose bus didn’t show up Friday morning.

The union says this week’s problem is nothing compared to what they expect to see next week.

Bus drivers say if the city doesn’t take action soon, the number of cancelled trips could double for the busy back-to-school and back-to-work rush.

Here’s hoping that we elect a Council that can work with the ATU to ensure that these hiccups do not happen in the future.

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