Halifax bus service fully operational despite earlier warning of staffing issue

Halifax Transit is back in full service less than 24 hours after announcing service would be “significantly impacted” due to staffing issues.

“Based on current staff availability, Halifax Transit anticipates that conventional bus service will be significantly impacted at the start of service tomorrow, March 27,” a press release reads.

At the time, Halifax Transit said travellers should expect route delays or cancellations, and riders were encouraged to make alternate plans.

But on Friday, Halifax Transit said “an incredible effort” from the maintenance shop, its operators, and the operations team is allowing them to operate at full service.

The staffing shortage comes less than a day after the municipality confirmed that a Halifax Transit employee working in the Burnside Maintenance Department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a notice sent to Halifax Transit staff from director Dave Reage, the agency learned of the positive case Wednesday. All maintenance staff on the evening shift were sent home, while staff scheduled to work Thursday morning were told not to come in.

Reage told Global News that Halifax Transit has been in contact with Public Health and will take direction on their next steps.

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