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Bus strike looms over Phoenix metro area

PHOENIX -- About 40 bus routes in the southeast Valley could be affected Monday if a bus driver strike is not averted over the weekend.

"We understand that this strike is an inconvenience for a lot of passengers so we definitely do not want to see a strike occur or any kind of a work stoppage," said Susan Tierney with Valley Metro.

Tierney said about 57,000 passengers could be affected should a strike or work stoppage take place, but Valley Metro is "hopeful" that it can be avoided.

"Valley Metro remains very hopeful that there will be an agreement on the labor negotiations that are currently happening between First Transit and the bus operator union," she said.

Tierney said those who may be affected should look into alternative transportation as a backup plan.

"We are asking our passengers to double-check and make sure that their bus route might be impacted," she said. "If it is impacted, they need to start to begin plan or prepare alternative travel options."

As far as those other options go, Tierney said affected passengers should talk to their employers, consult with friends, right light rail or go to to sign up for a car pool.

The possibly affected routes run through Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix.

A bus strike in 2012 left thousands of Phoenix metro area passengers stranded for six days.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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