- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Roanoke Valley’s intracity bus system is continuing talks with a union after drivers and mechanics rejected a contract offer.

Roanoke assistant city manager Sherman Stovall tells The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1JDFM5P ) that Valley Metro officials were notified of the workers’ vote on Friday.

Amalgamated Transportation Union Local 1493 president Roger Brice says the Dec. 14 vote was unanimous.

The existing contract has been extended until Jan. 15.

Details of the negotiations haven’t been released. Both sides say they are hopeful a new contract acceptable to workers can be produced.

Valley Metro’s buses connect the Roanoke and New River valleys. It also operates a bus service connecting with the Amtrak station in Lynchburg and a trolley service in Roanoke.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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