Bus driv­ers face job losses

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY STEVEN WARBURTON

Staff Roxbor­ough’s school bus driv­ers will have a lighter load this year, at least when it comes to serv­ing the re­gion’s French-lan­guage school boards.

Ni­cholas McRae, co-owner of Roxbor­ough Bus Lines, says that his com­pany had a five-year con­tract with Con­sor­tium de trans­port sco­laire de l'Est, which over­sees stu­dent trans­porta­tion for the re­gion’s pub­lic and Catholic fran­co­phone school boards.

That con­tract ex­pired in June and the Con­sor­tium is­sued a new Re­quest-For-Pro­pos­als. Sub­se­quently, a new con­tract was awarded to an­other com­pany, Au­to­bus Cam­peau Bus Lines, which will be­gin trans­port­ing French stu­dents later this month.

“We had all the routes in Glen­garry,” says Mr. McRae, adding that some of his driv­ers will be with­out work be­cause of the change. “We had 117 runs for the up­com­ing school year. Now we’ll op­er­ate at 67 runs across Eastern On­tario.”

On Aug. 1, Roxbor­ough took over the school bus por­tion of the for- mer De­laney Bus Lines. De­laney, which was based out of Avon­more, used to op­er­ate 65 school buses in Corn­wall, Long Sault, and the Avon­more area. Part of the firm’s work in­cluded bring­ing stu­dents to and from Holy Trin­ity Sec­ondary School in South Glen­garry.

He says the runs are all op­er­ated un­der the aus­pices of Stu­dent Trans­porta­tion of Eastern On­tario (STEO), the con­sor­tium’s an­glo­phone coun­ter­part.

Mr. McRae says that Roxbor­ough has hired most of De­laney’s driv­ers as well as of­fice and garage staff.

“A few driv­ers had to be let go be­cause there wasn’t any work for them,” he says. “But the school year hasn’t started yet, things could change be­tween now and then.” With this pur­chase, Roxbor­ough will op­er­ate 520 school buses and vans. It also pur­chased De­laney’s op­er­at­ing li­cences, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for the com­pany to con­duct char­ter trips. He says that stu­dents who rode with De­laney in the past shouldn’t worry about any ser­vice changes.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Cas­sel­man-based 417 Bus Lines will take over De­laney’s char­ter coach fleet and com­muter routes.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

END OF THE LINE: Pic­tured left to right, daugh­ter Christie De­laney, hold­ing grand­daugh­ter Au­drey Le­gault, front hold­ing grand­son Xavier Le­gault is Janet De­laney. Back from left to right, son-in-Law Gilles Le­gault, son Matthew De­laney, daugh­ter Diana...

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