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B.C. transit job action cancels dozens more trips today, and in days to come

Oct 28 2012

An overtime ban by Greater Victoria bus drivers resulted in cancellation of nearly 100 trips Saturday and passengers can expect to see even more disruption in coming days.

If passengers didn't check the latest updates online, they had to wait longer at stops because scheduled trips were cancelled on 12 routes, including the popular No. 4, 11, 27 and 28 runs, according to B.C. Transit.

Foot passengers heading for or arriving from the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ferries at the Swartz Bay terminal on Friday had no access to public transit because of the overtime ban.

Monday could be even worse, with fewer buses on the road because maintenance work is piling up - mechanics have also refused to work overtime in the latest form of job action by the Canadian Auto Workers Local 333.

The union's 650 members stopped working overtime shifts because of a breakdown in contract negotiations with B.C. Transit. Drivers have also stopped wearing uniforms.

"The problem with the overtime ban is that it just makes our flexibility and our ability to respond quickly to [personnel changes] more difficult," said Meribeth Burton, spokeswoman for B.C. Transit. Overtime is often used when a driver calls in sick, for example.

What used to be a disagreement over wages and benefits has evolved into a stalemate over B.C. Transit's purchasing of 15 high-capacity shuttle buses, five of which will be used in Victoria.

The union wants the Vicinity buses to be operated by drivers with more training and higher pay. CAW 333 president Ben Williams says the issue remains the largest sticking point in the failed negotiations.

Of the 99 bus trips cancelled Saturday, the No. 10, which runs between Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Dockyard, saw the most disruption with 17 cancellations. The No. 4, which runs between the University of Victoria and downtown, had 13 trips cancelled and was one of the busiest routes on Saturday, Transit reported.

B.C. Transit expects another 90 cancelled trips today and will post a schedule on its website at bctransit.com. So far, some trips on an estimated 13 routes will not be running as management tries to keep disruption of individual routes to a minimum. dspalding@timescolonist.com

Here are the cancelled routes for Sunday, October, 28, 2012:

2 Leaving Johnson and Douglas 12:26pm to Central and St. Patrick 12:45pm
2 Leaving Central and St. Patrick 12:55pm to Douglas and View 1:17pm
2 Leaving Johnson and Douglas 2:26pm to Central and St. Patrick 2:45pm
2 Leaving Central and St. Patrick 2:54pm to Douglas and View 3:16pm
2 Leaving Johnson and Douglas 4:26pm to Central and St. Patrick 4:45pm
2 Leaving Central and St. Patrick 4:54pm to Douglas and View 5:16pm

4 Leaving Fairfield and Blanshard 6:08pm to Uvic Exchange 6:36pm
4 Leaving Uvic Exchange 6:44pm to Fairfield and Blanshard 7:12pm
4 Leaving Fairfield and Blanshard 7:20pm to Uvic Exchange 7:48pm

6 Leaving Yates and Broad 1:44pm to HMC Dockyard 2:01pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 2:06pm to Royal Oak Exchange 2:52pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 2:58pm to HMC Dockyard 3:45pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 3:50pm to Royal Oak Exchange 4:36pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 4:43pm to Yates and Broad 5:12pm
6 Leaving Yates and Broad 6:12pm to HMC Dockyard 6:29pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 6:33pm to Royal Oak Exchange 7:17pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 7:12pm to Royal Oak Exchange 7:54pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 7:31pm to HMC Dockyard 8:11pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 7:59pm to HMC Dockyard 8:43pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 8:16pm to Royal Oak Exchange 8:57pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 8:48pm to Royal Oak Exchange 9:32pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 9:03pm to HMC Dockyard 9:45pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 9:39pm to HMC Dockyard 10:17pm
6 Leaving HMC Dockyard 10:28pm to Royal Oak Exchange 11:08pm
6 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 11:20pm to Yates and Broad 11:42pm

7 Leaving Douglas and View 1:17pm to Uvic Exchange 1:47pm
7 Leaving Uvic Exchange 1:56pm to Johnson and Douglas 2:26pm
7 Leaving Douglas and View 3:16pm to Uvic Exchange 3:46pm
7 Leaving Uvic Exchange 3:56pm to Johnson and Douglas 4:26pm
7 Leaving Douglas and View 5:16pm to Uvic Exchange 5:46pm
7 Leaving Uvic Exchange 5:55pm to Johnson and Douglas 6:26pm

11 Leaving Uvic Exchange 1:46pm to Tillicum Mall Lower Level 2:39pm
11 Leaving Tillicum Mall Lower Level 2:45pm to Uvic Exchange 3:39pm
11 Leaving Tillicum Mall Lower Level 3:05pm to Uvic Exchange 3:59pm
11 Leaving Uvic Exchange 3:46pm to Tillicum Mall Lower Level 4:37pm
11 Leaving Uvic Exchange 4:06pm to Tillicum Mall Lower Level 4:57pm
11 Leaving Tillicum Mall Lower Level 4:45pm to Uvic Exchange 5:39pm
11 Leaving Tillicum Mall Lower Level 5:05pm to Uvic Exchange 5:59pm
11 Leaving Uvic Exchange 5:47pm to Tillicum Mall Lower Level 6:37pm
11 Leaving Uvic Exchange 6:07pm to Tillicum Mall Lower Level 6:56pm

14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 6:40am to Victoria General Hospital 7:20am
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 7:34am to Uvic Exchange 8:16am
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 8:25am to Victoria General Hospital 9:07am
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 9:23am to Uvic Exchange 10:08am
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 10:16am to Victoria General Hospital 11:00am
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 11:06am to Uvic Exchange 11:52am
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 12:08pm to Victoria General Hospital 12:55pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 11:50am to Uvic Exchange 12:39pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 12:50am to Uvic Exchange 1:39pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 12:53pm to Victoria General Hospital 1:41pm
14 Leaving Bay and Government 1:04pm to Victoria General Hospital 1:26pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 1:35pm to Uvic Exchange 2:25pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 1:50pm to Uvic Exchange 2:40pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 2:38pm to Victoria General Hospital 3:26pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 2:53pm to Victoria General Hospital 3:41pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 3:35pm to Uvic Exchange 4:25pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 3:50pm to Uvic Exchange 4:39pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 4:38pm to Victoria General Hospital 5:26pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 4:53pm to Victoria General Hospital 5:41pm
14 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 5:32pm to Uvic Exchange 6:21pm
14 Leaving Uvic Exchange 6:26pm to Victoria General Hospital 7:12pm

22 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 12:24pm to Hillside Mall Sears 1:10pm
22 Leaving Hillside Mall Sears 1:26pm to Victoria General Hospital 2:12pm
22 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 2:21pm to Hillside Mall Sears 3:07pm
22 Leaving Hillside Mall Sears 3:13pm to Victoria General Hospital 3:59pm
22 Leaving Victoria General Hospital 4:06pm to Hillside Mall Sears 4:52pm
22 Leaving Hillside Mall Sears 5:10pm to Victoria General Hospital 5:55pm

25 Leaving Johnson and Broad 12:48pm to Borden and McKenzie 1:08pm
25 Leaving Borden and McKenzie 1:13pm to Admirals Walk Mall 1:59pm
25 Leaving Admirals Walk Mall 2:05pm to Borden and McKenzie 2:47pm
25 Leaving Borden and McKenzie 2:52pm to Admirals Walk Mall 3:38pm
25 Leaving Admirals Walk Mall 3:43pm to Borden and McKenzie 4:25pm
25 Leaving Borden and McKenzie 4:30pm to Admirals Walk Mall 5:16pm
25 Leaving Admirals Walk Mall 5:21pm to Borden and McKenzie 6:03pm
25 Leaving Borden and McKenzie 6:08pm to Yates at Broad 6:27pm

27 Leaving Toronto and Huntington 12:22pm to Tyndall and Grandview 1:05pm
27 Leaving Tyndall and Grandview 1:05pm to Toronto and Huntington 1:45pm
27 Leaving Toronto and Huntington 1:54pm to Tyndall and Grandview 2:37pm
27 Leaving Tyndall and Grandview 2:37pm to Toronto and Huntington 3:17pm
27 Leaving Toronto and Huntington 3:26pm to Tyndall and Grandview 4:09pm
27 Leaving Tyndall and Grandview 4:09pm to Toronto and Huntington 4:47pm
27 Leaving Toronto and Huntington 4:57pm to Johnson and Douglas 5:08pm

28 Leaving Douglas and Fort 5:29pm to Toronto and Huntington 5:42pm
28 Leaving Toronto and Huntington 5:52pm to Tyndall and Grandview 6:30pm
28 Leaving Tyndall and Grandview 6:33pm to Toronto and Huntington 7:10pm

30 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 7:27am to Royal Oak Exchange 8:03am
30 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 8:45am to Royal Oak Exchange 9:22am
30 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 9:35am to Fishermans Wharf 10:12am
30 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 11:46am to Douglas and Summit 12:04pm
30 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 11:51am to Fishermans Wharf 12:32pm
30 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 1:30pm to Fishermans Wharf 2:12pm
30 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 3:07pm to Fishermans Wharf 15:49pm
30 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 4:10pm to Royal Oak Exchange 4:54pm
30 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 5:49pm to Douglas and Summit 6:06pm
30 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 10:38pm to Fishermans Wharf 11:13pm

31 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 8:07am to Fishermans Wharf 8:39am
31 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 10:18am to Royal Oak Exchange 10:56am
31 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 11:04am to Fishermans Wharf 11:41am
31 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 12:41pm to Royal Oak Exchange 1:23pm
31 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 2:18pm to Royal Oak Exchange 3:02pm
31 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 3:26pm to Fishermans Wharf 4:05pm
31 Leaving Royal Oak Exchange 5:02pm to Fishermans Wharf 4:40pm
31 Leaving Fishermans Wharf 11:23pm to Saanich and Vernon 11:44pm

50 Leaving Government and Superior 7:12pm to Langford Exchange 7:55pm
50 Leaving Langford Exchange 8:05pm to Government and Superior 8:42pm

75 Leaving Fairfield and Blanshard 4:02pm to Saanichton Exchange 5:07pm
75 Leaving Saanichton Exchange 5:15pm to Fairfield and Blanshard 6:17pm