Fairfax Connector Stike has Ended

October 1, 2008

A tentative agreement has been reached between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3001, the union representing employees, and Veolia Transportation Inc., the contracted bus operator, on renewal of a labor contract that expired Sep. 14. The agreement still must be ratified by members of the Union before it is finalized. A vote by Union members could happen as early as Friday, but drivers may return to work before then.

As soon as the agreement is ratified by Union members and drivers have returned to work, Fairfax Connector will be able to operate full service on all routes. Hopefully, this will occur on Friday, depending on staff levels. Passengers will be notified about Friday service on Thursday, Oct. 2, via web site, e-mail, the telephone information center, and through the news media. Until then, Fairfax Connector will continue to operate weekday schedules on all Saturday routes. As staff becomes available, additonal trips will be added to ease overcrowding.

Since the job action began, many passengers have been stranded, frustrated and inconvenienced because a limited number of personnel was available to drive buses. Resources had to be assigned to the routes which carry the most passengers, so some routes did not operate at all. While pleased that the Contractor and Union have reached a tentative agreement, Fairfax County regrets that so many people had to endure the delays, crowded buses, and lack of service caused by the strike.

Weekday schedules will be operated on the following south county bus routes on Thursday, Oct. 2: 101, 109, 151, 152, 161, 162, 171, 310, 321, 322 and 401.

Bus service will be added to the following south county bus routes as resources become available: 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 331, 332, 380 and VRE EZ-Bus North and South.

For more information, visit the Fairfax Connector Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com, or call the Fairfax Connector telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.

For questions about this news item, contact Beth Francis in the Department of Transportation at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.


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