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Possible strike at York University may affect transit

At 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning, Thursday, November 6, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903 will be in a legal postion to go on strike. The local represents contract teaching staff, teaching assistants, graduate assistants and research assistants at York University.

If a strike occurs, York will suspend all classes and close the York Commons area to transit services.

GO Transit has announced its contingency plans in the event of a strike. It will relocate its eight bus platforms from York Commons to the south side of Steeles Avenue West, west of Founders Road. It will also reroute all GO bus services that usually serve York University to the temporary stops on the south side of Steeles.

The strike would affect service on these routes:

Highway 407 East Corridor

54 Mount Joy - York U
51 Oshawa - York U
52 Pickering - York U

(and some of the various express and short-turn branches of these routes).

Highway 407 West Corridor

47 Hamilton - York U
46 Oakville - York U
45 Streetsville - York U
48 University of Guelph - York U

(and some of the various express and short-turn branches of these routes).

North Corridor

65 Newmarket - York U

Although GO has not announced a specific detour, most buses would likely travel along a wide loop. Buses in both directions would travel along Highway 407 to Jane Street, proceed southward along Jane and eastward along Steeles to Founders. The buses would then continue eastward along Steeles and northward along Keele Street to Highway 407, then continue either eastward or westward along the 407.

During a strike, GO buses would not serve the stop on the east side of Keele at the south-east corner or Steels or the two stops on the west side of Keele, south of Steeles.

GO will arrange for customers with disabilities to use a shuttle service between the temporary stops on Steeles Avenue and the York Commons area, if they require it.

If the strike continues through the weekend, GO will cancel some of its regular trips to York, starting Monday, November 10.

Brampton Transit, the TTC and York Region Transit buses also operate buses that serve York University but have not yet announced detours or plans if a strike occurs.

Last night, Tuesday, November 4, members of another CUPE local, Local 1356, overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with York. Local 1356 represents maintenance and custodial staff at the University.

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