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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 1:21 pm

Many bus riders were stranded Monday as the Phoenix and Tempe bus strike continued into its third day.

The drivers from Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 1433 office, which represents Veolia Transportation Services’ bus operators, went on strike Saturday, March 10 after a collective bargaining agreement between the two groups could not be met. The two sides had been negotiating for months over wages and benefit disputes.

Veolia Transportation Services has a contract to manage bus service for the city of Phoenix and a separate contract with Tempe. Veolia bus operators are represented by the union drive 50 of the 101 Valley Metro bus routes.

Delays Monday on Valley Metro routes were ranging from 40 minutes to three hours and officials urged riders to find alternative ways of getting around.

The two sides are expected to meet again on Tuesday.

The RAPID I-10 West was running normally Monday as it is not one of the routes managed by Veolia. The ALEX Ahwatukee Neighborhood Circulator was also running normally.

For more information on frequency of routes, visit phoenix.gov or valleymetro.org or contact Valley Metro customer service at (602) 253-5000. City of Phoenix officials do warn that phone lines are overloaded so any that can should check the websites first.

According to Neal Young, director of the Public Transit Department, Veolia has until March 24 to get to 60 percent service under its contract with Phoenix.

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