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Bus drivers for Longueuil Transport, on the south shore of Montréal, were out leafleting last week with good news. The public transit authority has decided to bring fleet maintenance back in house after a three year experiment with contracting out.

The CUPE 3333 members were leafleting the public to explain delays and poor quality service which had become more frequent after Slivia, an SNC Lavalin and Keolis subsidiary took over bus maintenance in 2001.

Slivias just in time strategy more often than not meant parts werent available to fix buses when needed. Repairs took longer and service suffered.

The transit authority recently ended its contract with Slivia, and plans to once again do its own maintenance management. The local hopes the transit authority will do its homework to re-establish effective vehicle management.