This issue is bigger than the 1,100 bus drivers that have not received wage and benefit increases to match projected living standards. This issue also affects the 220,000 passengers that rely on the transportation system. According to the Orange County Register, 77 percent of bus riders use our bus system four to seven days a week.
Union representatives and OCTA negotiators are meeting one final time today to see if a deal can be hammered out. Bus drivers are ready to walk out at midnight if a deal is not met.
A friend of mine that relies solely on the OCTA bus system told me this morning that he was ready to rent a car for a month or two, until things were settled. And I started to think a bus strike could seriously affect traffic in Orange County.
Assume that a quarter of the 220,000 bus riders get into a car instead of a bus. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 55,000 extra cars on the road.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not surprised that 4 of our 5 County Supervisors are silent on this topic. But where is Supervisor Janet Nguyen? The constituents of the 1st District rely on OCTAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s services much more than other areas in the county and a strike will disturb the lives of many of us here in the 1st.
Not even a press release, Janet? Really?