Buffalo Transit Authority Buses to see cut service

In spite of a high percentage of workers meeting state requirements, buses in Buffalo will see a reduction in service, according to the transit authority’s president. Robert Gioia, president of the Buffalo & Erie…

Buffalo Transit Authority Buses to see cut service

In spite of a high percentage of workers meeting state requirements, buses in Buffalo will see a reduction in service, according to the transit authority’s president.

Robert Gioia, president of the Buffalo & Erie County Transit Authority, wrote a memo to his employees on Saturday, telling them plans are underway to cut 11 bus routes beginning next month.

The memo said routes which receive the least number of daily riders will be eliminated starting November 5, with service discontinued beginning on November 12, the day after Thanksgiving. The 11 routes expected to be affected are the 1300, 1400, 1400, 1900, 2000, 2500, 200, 2601, 2700, 3200, 7400 and 3154 routes.

“I don’t think there was a plan that was put together by our board of directors that the riders weren’t aware of,” Gioia said. “They were, but those riders got a memo.”

The Buffalo News reports:

… the vast majority of bus routes have had 88 percent or more of their employees vaccinated, Gioia said. Transit officials “think we have a healthy number of riders who are going to get vaccinated,” he said. “We do have a very significant amount of riders.”

Gioia believes the directive to cut the routes is unjustified given that he believes the majority of bus drivers have vaccinated for the flu. He also said that the most popular routes are set for reduction because they are the most expensive to run.

“We think we have a healthy number of riders who are going to get vaccinated,” Gioia said. “We do have a very significant amount of riders.”

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