MONCTON, N.B. - Management for the transit system in Moncton, N.B., says bus service will have to be cut significantly in June because of a shortage of mechanics.

The city says effective June 17 Codiac Transpo will operate with 26 buses instead of its usual fleet of 45.

The city says the transit system is currently serviced by three mechanics and there should be six, so the move is necessary for safety reasons.

Paul Thomson, the city's director of communications, says the service reduction is not a tactic to put pressure on the union during an ongoing contract dispute.

However, the city says hours for both permanent and casual employees will be affected with fewer buses on the road.

A city news release issued Thursday says specific details on the reductions will be released at a later date.