Negotiations over bus strike continue Saturday

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Negotiations continued Saturday afternoon between First Transit and Amalgamated Transit Union.

Protesters took to the streets of Tempe, as both sides hoped to end the strike and return service to the East Valley.

It appeared as if the two sides were close to a deal on Friday, but they were unable to reach an agreement.

First Transit released a statement on Friday night saying they had made progress, but that negotiations fell apart when the union demanded a one-year deal.

First Transit runs the bus service in Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert, as well as express routes from the East Valley into Scottsdale and Phoenix.

In all, 40 routes have been shut down by the strike, and 57,000 daily riders have been stranded.

Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGreggor is mediating the dispute.

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