Tentative deal in negotiations for Phoenix-area bus service

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A union and the company that operates 14 of the metro area's transit bus routes have reached tentative agreement on a new contract.

Mayor Greg Stanton said the tentative agreement announced Tuesday means bus service will be up and running for the Super Bowl, which is set to be played Feb. 1 in Glendale.

First Transit, Inc. is contracted by the city to run 14 bus routes that serve thousands of riders. Some of the routes include stops in Glendale.

Terms of the tentative agreement were not released. Union leaders will recommend that rank-and-file members approve it during voting that starts Sunday.

Drivers and other employees have continued working since the last contract expired in June. Union members in December overwhelmingly rejected a company proposal.

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