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Halifax Transit, which has canceled a number of flights in recent weeks due to staff shortages, says the ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth is currently out of service.
Starting Monday and for at least the next two weeks, from 14:00 the ferry to Alderney will run not 15, but 30 minutes.
On weekdays, the Alderney Ferry will run regularly for 30 minutes from 6:30 am to 7:00 am, then 15 minutes from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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The change is due to crew availability, Halifax Transit said.
Also on Monday morning, the transit service tweeted that due to staffing shortages, a total of 12 flights between Dartmouth and Halifax on the Woodside Ferry had been canceled, effectively reducing service from every 15 minutes to every half hour.
Halifax Transit has also stated that no ferry service is available from Woodside or Halifax.
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“We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience,” the tweet read.
The disruption to the ferry comes after weeks of bus trips that were canceled due to a lack of personnel to drive them.
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As of Monday, a total of 75 weekday bus services have been cancelled.
Earlier this month, Shane O’Leary, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508, said more and more bus drivers, car drivers and ferry operators in the city are quitting because wages can’t keep up with rising living costs and work hours are long. .
He said it’s common for many of Halifax’s transport operators to work 60 to 70 hour weeks and hours continue to increase as workers make up for the lack of drivers in the system.
The city is actively recruiting new transport operators through a marketing campaign and regular information sessions on employment in transport.
However, the union said in a tweet on Monday that the city is ignoring issues that are causing operators to quit.
The city has proposed dates in October for negotiations on a new contract with public transport operators; The current one expired on August 31, 2021.
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