Bus drivers face job losses
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.
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...