Possible METRO Light Rail Strike New Years Day

So, it’s been a little while since we heard about union negotiations and a threat to stop valley transit services, but this one has some fun timing attached to it. Can you say, Happy Freakin’ New Year?

I’m sure the cities of Phoenix and Tempe are just thrilled at the timing of this as they normally see large crowds using OUR transit systems on New Year’s Eve.

While we read that the Phoenix Light Rail Manager Urges Against Strike, it seems less than clear as to what is happening. On December 13th, we asked METRO via Twitter if they have announced their New Year’s Eve hours of operation. Interestingly enough, they must have missed that tweet. If they respond, we’ll try to update you with the info. If not, we’ll watch their site to see if anything shows up. My guess is that they work something out, but who the heck knows…

Below is some info that has been posted on their web site for your reading pleasure. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them, I’m sure they will get right back to you.

Lucky Strike at CityScape in Phoenix

Potential January 1 Light Rail Work Stoppage

Valley Metro will provide passengers with ongoing information should a service disruption occur as early as January 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.  The light rail operations contractor and the union that represents the operators are presently in negotiations.  If an agreement cannot be reached by December 31, 2012, the union could call for a strike. 

Your safety and travel needs are the top priority for Valley Metro.  We are urging the two parties to remain in discussion and avoid any service disruptions that would inconvenience our passengers. 

Stay Informed

Passengers can seek up-to-date information on changes to service at:

Valley Metro website

“METRO in Your Inbox” email updates

Facebook/InsideMETROlightrail

Twitter @METROrail“METRO in Your Inbox” email updates

Customer Service at 602.253.5000

Alternate Service Plans

Valley Metro strives to provide all passengers with safe and efficient travel options in the Valley.  Should a strike occur, alternate service plans will be implemented for the continuation of passenger travel along the 20-mile light rail system.  Please refer to this website for ongoing service updates.

Thank you for your patience.

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