PHOENIX -- A possible bus driver strike in Phoenix is looming, and could happen as early as Monday.
If the strike is not averted, about 40 bus routes in the southeast Valley could be affected. And about 57,000 passengers could find themselves without a ride.
A bus strike last year left thousands of Phoenix-area passengers stranded for six days.
Because of contract wording, a strike could mean a *total* shutdown in service for southeast valley riders. That means no buses will run in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, all express bus-services in downtown Phoenix and some in Ahwatukee.
Valley Metro remains hopeful that an agreement on labor negotiations between First Transit, the bus operator for the East Valley, and ATU 1433, the bus operator union, will be reached and avoid impact to riders.
Transit officials would like all transit riders to begin preparing for travel alternatives. They suggest:
-Get rides from friends or neighbors
-Work with your employer to identify other regular bus riders that you can carpool with or meet at a park-and-ride
-Go to valleymetro.org to register for a carpool partner
-Ask to telecommute if your job/supervisor permits it.
For the latest information, visit valleymetro.org.