Thu, 03 Mar 2022
The Town of Oakville and Unifor Local 1256 representing Oakville Transit drivers and mechanics have reached an agreement and buses will return to full service Friday, March 4, 2022. A tentative deal was reached on Wednesday, March 2 and was ratified by union members and Oakville Town Council on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
In recognition of the inconvenience caused by the transit strike, the town will be offering free transit service on all conventional, Home to Hub and specialized buses from March 4 to 31, 2022.
In addition, customers who purchased a monthly paper pass for February and/or March will be provided with an equivalent free monthly pass for use in April or May. Customers can come to the transit office on Wyecroft Road starting March 4, 2022, with proof of purchase to obtain the free monthly pass(es).
Customers who purchased monthly passes through the PRESTO system will be reimbursed the purchase price of the monthly pass back to their PRESTO account. This credit may take four to six weeks to be processed by PRESTO.
As well, the province recently announced that beginning March 14, 2022, local transit will be free for riders connecting to and from GO Transit on most municipal transit systems including Oakville Transit. The fare discount will be automatically applied when tapping your PRESTO card when transferring between Oakville Transit and GO Transit services.
"We realize the strike has been disruptive and inconvenient to those who depend on Oakville Transit to get to work, school, and essential appointments. We’re pleased that a settlement has been reached and we’re able to get transit services back on the road. We are looking forward to welcoming our customers back, and hope others who haven’t tried Oakville Transit before will consider today’s news a great opportunity to give it a try.”
Phoebe Fu, Commissioner, Community Infrastructure