Sun Tran strike leaves bus riders stranded for weekend

Published: Aug. 8, 2015 at 8:59 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Bus routes have been limited since Thursday morning, but this weekend no buses are in service, leaving many who rely for transportation solely on Sun Tran out of luck and out of options.

"Basically, the circumference of my life is wherever there's a bus," said Margie Rodriguez, a 61-year-old woman who lives with a knee injury and relies on the bus to get her around. "My life is lived by way of their scheduled times."

Sun Tran bus drivers hit the picket line this past week, striking for better wages and more security after more than 20 assaults in the last year.

Both sides – Sun Tran and union leaders – are still not talking, but many riders such as Rodriguez, who is actively in search of employment, say this is causing a serious burden. Rodriguez believes the strike is only hurting the community in the long run.

"This doesn't just affect me or passengers or strikers," said Rodriguez. "It affects the economy of Tucson, because if we're not able to go to the grocery store, if we can't do shopping for our children going back to school, if we're not out there, you know, spending money, nothing is going into the economy and the small businesses, they're the ones who really rely on us."

Buses will resume running limited routes at 6 a.m. Monday.

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