By: Tim Vetscher
PHOENIX – Bus drivers could decide to go on strike Tuesday night, possibly affecting service as early as Wednesday morning.
The public transportation provider for most of Phoenix, Veolia Transportation Services, made what it called a “best and final” offer to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433.
The two sides remain divided over pay and sick time.
Without an agreement, the bus drivers may opt for a work stoppage.
“That’s definitely not a good thing, especially for those who are on the bus every day,” said passenger Angela Baker.
The potential strike could impact passengers like Donn Straight who suffers from a degenerative eye disease that’s left him legally blind.
As a result, Straight relies on public transportation to get around town.
“It’s a big inconvenience,” said Straight of a possible strike. “I’d have to scramble to get to and from work. It’s a big inconvenience.”
If the drivers do strike, routes will continue to operate but on a Sunday schedule.
That means fewer buses and fewer seats, making already congested routes even more crowded.
“To me, it’s a load of garbage but what can you do,” asked passenger Colton Feltrop.
Valley Metro is suggesting passengers make alternative plans Wednesday in the event of a strike.
To see how various routes will be affected, click here .
The bus drivers’ union expects to have voting wrapped up by 8 p.m. Tuesday night.