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PHOENIX, AZ – Bus service will run as scheduled today, July 2, through midnight tonight. First Transit, Valley Metro’s East Valley bus operator, and the ATU 1433, the bus operators’ union, have agreed to meet again this morning to resume labor negotiations. An agreement has yet to be reached and a service disruption could occur as early as Wednesday, July 3.
First Transit and the ATU have been in labor negotiations since the first of the year to define their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) consisting of operator wages, benefits and work rules.
First Transit operates 40 local, express and circulator routes primarily serving the East Valley. Should a work stoppage occur, all bus service in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe would be affected. Routes also travel into Phoenix and Scottsdale.
The routes traveling into Phoenix (30, 45, 48, 56, 61, 72, 77, 514, 520, 521, 522, 531, 533, 535, 541, 542) and Scottsdale (EARTH, 72, 81, 511, 514) would also be affected should a strike occur.
Passengers can begin to consider other travel arrangements for getting to work, school and appointments including:
• Going to valleymetro.org to register for a carpool partner or seek a seat on a vanpool.
• Working with your employer to identify other regular bus riders that you can carpool with or meet at a park-and-ride.
• Getting rides from family members, friends or neighbors.
• Asking to telecommute if your job/supervisor permits it.
If a strike occurs, contingency bus service is presently not feasible and passengers may want to consider purchasing All-Day passes, instead of multi-day passes.
Riders will be kept up-to-date via valleymetro.org. Updates will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Customer Service at 602-253-5000 is always a resource. Other bus routes and light rail are not affected by the strike. For alternative routes in the city of Phoenix, please click here. Increased capacity of light rail can be provided upon ridership demand.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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