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Phoenix students forced to adjust transportation during week-long bus strike

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PHOENIX — Although the Phoenix bus strike is over, several thousand school children in the area were affected by the week-long work stoppage.

About 9,000 students in the Phoenix Union High School District have annual city bus passes. While the district did add alternate bus routes, last week’s strike caused many students to arrive late.

“We were probably adding about 16 to 18 buses to run after our regular route, so in some cases our kids weren’t getting to school until 9:00 (a.m.),”  said Craig Pletenik, Phoenix Union District spokesman.

Pletenik said the district was forced to duplicate certain bus routes to pick up students.

After regular routes were run, the district added buses to go half-mile by half-mile up certain North and South routes affected by the strike, including 7th Street, Central Avenue, 7th Avenue, 19th Avenue, 27th Avenue and 35th Avenue.

Pletenik said when the strike started, school officials were able to get the word out to parents through a phone messenger system.

The Phoenix bus strike ended Friday, when 85 percent of drivers voted to ratify a contract between bus operator Transdev and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433. The new agreement will run through June 30, 2020.

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