ATU Local 689 earlier this week announced that it “strongly opposes” the bus service cuts proposed in WMATA’s next budget. “At a time when we need to be expanding public transit offerings and working to get people out of their cars, WMATA seems to be moving in the wrong direction,” the union said. Local 689, which represents transit workers throughout the region, also called for the elimination of WMATA’s “arbitrary” 3% budget cap. “The budget cap pits all riders against each other,” the union said. In addition, the cap prompted WMATA to hire Transdev to run its Cinder Bed Bus Garage as a way to restrict budget growth, and the private contractor “was so cruel in its treatment of the workers there that they went on strike for 85 days, shutting down bus service for thousands of passengers in Northern Virginia.”
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