- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Officials with the Phoenix Public Transit Department are warning commuters of possible delays if union bus drivers can’t reach a contract agreement with the city’s service provider.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1x5RfWC) tens of thousands of bus riders who use some of the city’s most-traveled routes could face delays.

Transportation workers represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 will vote Monday and Tuesday on a final contract offer from First Transit. The company operates 14 Phoenix local bus routes under the Valley Metro brand.

Public Transit Department spokeswoman Nikki Hicks says Phoenix buses run by First Transit were boarded 14 million times in the last fiscal year.

If workers strike, busy bus routes including those running down Thomas and Indian School roads could be affected.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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