BY SINDY SALMERON & VIVIAN GARCIA
Orange County Transportation Authority announced on Tuesday morning that a tentative agreement with its union bus drivers was reached to avoid the strike planned for Feb.15 impacting OC riders.
According to the press release from OCTA the tentative agreement was reached following more than 21 hours of negotiation that began Monday and lasted through the night into Tuesday morning.
The tentative agreement is “still subject to ratification by members of the coach operator’s union” reads the news release.
The agreement must receive final approval from the OCTA Board of Directors with the details of the approval to be publicly available after the decision. The ratification vote is expected to be met later this week according to the press release.
In the past six months, more than 1 million trips have been taken on OC bus with OCTA’S youth ride free and college pass programs according to OCTA.
“We are very happy that both sides worked together in good faith to find resolution and avoid any disruption for those who rely upon OC Bus,” said OCTA Chairman Mark A. Murphy, also the Mayor of Orange via the press release.
More information to be released about the agreement details.