Friday, August 6, 2010

End of Sun Tran Strike? Emergency Meeting Today (Friday)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

KOLD Channel 13 reports that an emergency meeting has been scheduled to discuss transferring the authority over Sun Tran's bus system from the City of Tucson to the Regional Transportation Authority.

Gary Hayes, the head of the RTA, made the front page of the daily today for threatening to shut down work on the downtown streetcar project if his demands weren't met.

Critics say the RTA is broke and that Hayes has said he might double bus fares and/or discontinue low-income fares.

The transfer of authority is seen by many as an a move toward ending the strike of union Sun Tran employees, now in its fourth day.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

(Full Disclosure: I volunteer at the Casa Maria soup kitchen, which is operated by Brian Flagg, a critic of the RTA mentioned in one of the links above.)

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