Valley Metro bus drivers stage sickout

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Valley Metro bus service in Phoenix is reportedly back to normal after a sickout by a number of bus drivers Friday morning.

All Valley Metro bus routes in Phoenix were running Friday morning, but because of the number of bus operators who called in sick, some bus trips were missed, according to Marie Chapple with the Phoenix Public Transit Department.

A contract dispute between Veolia Transportation Services and three bus driver unions has been going on for months and included a lockout in October.

Veolia operates 33 routes for Valley Metro.

Chapple said Veolia management and supervisors filled in on affected bus routes, which included 16-16th Street, 19-19th Avenue, 70-Glendale/24th Street, 80-Northern Avenue, 154-Greenway, 170-Bell Road, DASH, RAPID I-10 East and RAPID I-17.

All routes operated by Veolia Transportation Services should now be running as scheduled.