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Fredericton buses to run after cancellation for queen's funeral draws public outcry

Fredericton's transit agency has reversed a decision to cancel its bus services on Monday in recognition of the queen’s funeral.
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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried inside Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nariman El-Mofty, Pool

Fredericton's transit agency has reversed a decision to cancel its bus services on Monday in recognition of the queen’s funeral.

After a barrage of online public criticism, Fredericton Transit said in an online post that buses will be operating throughout the day.

Some city residents had complained on social media that they still had to go to work on Monday, and that the cancellation of service meant they were faced with paying taxi fares.

Charlene Sharpe, the manager of the transit service, said in an email that the city initially thought business closures would be more widespread after a provincial holiday was declared.

New Brunswick is among the provinces that will close schools and government offices on the day of the funeral, but the holiday will be optional for private-sector employers.

The queen's funeral is going to be televised Monday morning and is expected to last about an hour.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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