A strike that stranded 24,000 Foothill Transit bus riders Monday was quickly settled the same day, with managers predicting a return to full service Tuesday.
“We expect normal operations (Tuesday),” Leslie Aun, vice president of communications for Keolis Transit America said in an emailed response Monday afternoon.
The work stoppage began just after midnight Monday when 50 mechanics represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1756 walked off the job and away from contract negotiations with Keolis, a new contractor with the public-private bus agency serving the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.
When bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 848 would not cross the picket line, 19 bus lines were idle for the day, disrupting service for about half the agency’s daily riders.
The bulk of the riders affected were from Montclair, Chino, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Pomona, City of Industry, San Dimas, West Covina, Covina, Baldwin Park and El Monte. Buses — many of them express lines — from eight of 13 park-n-ride stations did not run Monday, leaving commuters scrambling to find other ways to get to their jobs in downtown Los Angeles, said Felicia Friesema, a spokeswoman for Foothill Transit.
“Well, when public transit is not available, they drive their own cars or carpool with other people,” she said. “They were obviously inconvenienced.”
Friesema said the agency sent out text and email alerts the night before to passengers who signed up for the messaging system on the agency website. Foothill Transit sent personnel to the affected park-n-ride locations Monday morning to tell those who were not…
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