The Montreal Transit Corporation says it has no choice but to make some cuts to service because of less money for them in the city of Montreal budget.
The MTC is calling its $1.3-billion dollar budget an austerity budget. It says it has to make $65-million in cuts, leaving a $20-million shortfall.
The MTC got a $12.5-million boost from the city but says it's far less than what it needed.
The cuts will mostly affect bus service during non-rush hours and weekends: there'll be fewer buses on routes so that means longer waits and the buses will be packed with more people.
Other cuts mean decreased hours for metro ticket takers, metro platform workers and metro maintenance.
"Clearly it's not what we want. We want to add hours and not constrain hours," said MTC vice-chairman Marvin Rotrand.
"But with the budget that we have which already contains delaying certain expenses, cutting certain administrative costs, we can only do so much and maintain affordable fares."
The MTC is also delaying putting in more bike racks and is aborting its beautification project to plant flowers outside metro stations.