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Bus drivers begin strike in some Phoenix suburbs

August 1, 2013 • Business


Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 strike in front of the First Transit Inc., bus depot on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 in Tempe, Ariz, after hundreds of bus operators overwhelming rejected a proposed labor contract Wednesday. The strike has affected bus service on 40 routes in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert, plus some routes in Scottsdale and Ahwatukee Foothills, and express service from those communities to downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. The routes serve an estimated 57,000 bus riders daily. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tens of thousands of bus riders in Phoenix’s sprawling eastern suburbs were left without rides to work Thursday after drivers went on strike in a dispute with the company that just took over operations for the area’s regional transit system.

Buses serving 40 routes in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe were halted, as well as express routes from those cities to Scottsdale and Phoenix, leaving some 57,000 daily riders in the lurch as temperatures approached 110 degrees. The area served by the striking drivers covers hundreds of square miles.

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