Moncton is considering an alternate bus service to help people get around the city during the winter months.

The city locked out Codiac Transpo employees four months ago in a dispute mainly over wages.

Jacques Dubé, the city manager, said with winter coming, they have a duty to provide alternative transportation.

"We're looking at some short-term solutions to provide what I would classify a reduced bus service," he said. "There are people who need the bus now. They are suffering, and we feel bad for those people who need the bus and don't have access to that."

Dubé said he's been in talks with several companies. He plans to provide options to city councillors in the next few months.

Last week, tempers flared when city council voted to reject the latest offer from the union.

Codiac Transpo services Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.