Yes, Thunder Bay Transit reduces its service evenings and weekends. Why? I have a couple of suggestions as to why this is happening.
First, high wages of city employees, including managers. Employees need to be paid when they work. If you really suck as a manager, and need to trim the budget, have the employees work fewer hours. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. The bus drivers are presently looking for more money so don’t expect service to improve. Expect fares to go up and even more service cuts. Remember when Thunder Bay Transit wanted to cut service on Sundays and Holidays?
As I have said, time and time again, as city employee wages take a bigger and bigger chunk out of the City budget, less money will be available to improve city services and maintain/renew city infrastructure.
Second, improving transit does not make consultants and contractors much money. Look how much money is being spent on consultants for the event centre and the art gallery. How much was spent on consultants for Prince Arthur’s Landing? How much money will contractors make on a $106 million facility? A $25 million facility? How much did contractors make on the $60 million plus Prince Arthur’s Landing? There is no money to be made supporting and even improving local transit. The people who actually run this city, need large government contracts so they can make a lot of money. Lots of money.
If you believe that City Administration cares about the residents, then you are very mistaken. City Administration is a wealth redistribution system. City Admin takes money from you and me and gives it to others. They decide who and how much.