Bee-Line drivers and mechanics authorize strike

February 28, 2012 3:21:08 PM PST
The drivers and mechanics of Westchester's Bee-Line bus system have voted to allow negotiators to call a strike if talks don't improve by Wednesday's deadline.

While the possibility of a strike appears remote, Westchester County officials want bus riders, especially at the White Plains Transportation Center, to at least think about an alternate plan.

Riders on Westchester County's Bee Line Bus System, boarded their buses, many not even aware that the labor contract for drivers and mechanics is about to expire.

That alert was just being posted.

100,000 riders a day rely on the many bus lines in the county and even into New York City, operated by the Liberty Lines.

Their contract covers 418 bus drivers and 154 mechanics who have voted to authorize a strike.

Derrick Williams needs busses to get to two locations where he works.

"I will find a line or go on the train. I hope they won't be on strike," Williams said.

"From my house or to WCC or the community center, I have to take the bus," said Fatima Lua, a student.

County officials are monitoring the talks and remain optimistic.

Still on their website, they outline contingency plans.

They include a list of seven temporary car pool staging areas at county parks like Sprain Ridge which has the space for 800 cars.

It's what riders hope will not be needed.

"I hope they don't strike, I hope they can work it out," said a rider.

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