For Immediate Release
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Contact: Stephen Del Giudice 703-228-0090 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Arlington County has made robust contingency plans to maintain the safe and reliable operation of its Arlington Transit (ART) bus system on Monday, July 21. ART’s contract operator, Veolia Transportation Services, has been threatened with a work stoppage by the union representing its employees who operate ART buses.
This work stoppage could cause a service disruption to ART routes. Arlington County has asked Veolia – the company that operates the ART buses and employs the approximately 50 drivers -- to make contingency plans to minimize service disruptions.
Veolia Transportation Services has informed Arlington County that it is confident it can provide service to all ART routes, beginning Monday, the day of the threatened work stoppage.
Veolia is a multinational transportation company, which operates several bus systems in the National Capital Region as well as nationwide. It plans to draw on its extensive network of employees, if necessary, to provide full service on its 11 ART routes.
The County expects to maintain full, safe and reliable ART service, including ART’s three busiest routes, which serve approximately 75% of daily ART passengers:
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