Saskatoon

Saskatoon cabbies see modest 10% jump in business

As Saskatoon's transit lockout enters Day Three, people who provide other means of transportation are not reporting significant changes in their business.

Transit lockout into day 3

Amir Nasser, a driver with Comfort Cabs in Saskatoon, says the city's lockout of transit service has led to a modest jump in business. (Steve Pasqualotto/CBC)
Buses have been idle in Saskatoon since the imposition of a lockout by the city on Saturday night. (CBC)
As Saskatoon's transit lockout enters Day Three, companies which provide other means of transportation are not reporting significant changes to their business.

"Maybe we'll get more business but not now," Amir Naseer, a driver with Comfort Cabs, told CBC News.

The City of Saskatoon locked out transit workers Saturday night, claiming an impasse at the bargaining table. The union has responded by announcing it is taking legal action against the city.

Meanwhile, thousand of bus users have been forced to find alternate ways of getting around.

So far, cab companies in Saskatoon tell CBC News that business is up about 10 to 15 per cent since the lockout began.

At peak times, they said the extra demand is only adding a few minutes to the wait for a cab.

Naseer, said it is likely many people are walking or getting rides from family and friends, although that could change if the lockout continues and colder weather sets in.

He added many people may have difficulty turning to cabs for transportation, because of the cost.

"A person who used the bus, he pays 75 or 80 bucks in a month and he uses it a lot," Naseer said. "And if he uses a taxi service, he has to pay more than 15 or 20 bucks for every single ride."

With files from CBC's Steve Pasqualotto

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