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Phoenix bus strike ends after drivers to vote on offer, will return to work Saturday

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PHOENIX — The weeklong bus strike in Phoenix has officially come to an end.

City officials said early Friday that drivers and the operating company had reached a tentative agreement.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 bus drivers voted Friday to approve a new contract with transportation leader Transdev by 85 percent.

Regular bus service will resume Saturday.

In a statement, Transdev officials said they are pleased with the deal.

“We are very pleased that our operators overwhelmingly approved a new five-year contract,” the statement read. We look forward to getting our employees back to work and returning to 100% bus service tomorrow morning.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a release he is glad the strike is over.

“I’m pleased that ATU and Transdev negotiators showed leadership and stayed at the table to find a way to common ground,” the release read.

The strike has interrupted services to 34 routes, many that run through the heart of the city.

On Thursday, seven days into the strike, it didn’t look as if a deal could be made. There had been little progress in the negotiations.

The drivers voted to strike on Jan. 7, after another round of talks with Transdev led nowhere.

If accepted, the new plan would last five years. It would also increase drivers’ wages by 14 percent.

Transdev operates 34 routes, including some of the city’s most heavily used.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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