Monday, January 5, 2009

ATU and OCSB agree on yellow bus service

According to CTV Ottawa, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 279 and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) have reached an agreement that would allow local high school students to take yellow school buses to their schools.
Thousands of Ottawa students will be getting bus transportation to school next week after the public and Catholic boards reached an agreement with the striking transit union to run a limited "yellow school bus service."

The buses, which hit the road on Wednesday, will serve about 13 schools that normally rely on OC Transpo's 600 series of routes.

Schedules will be posted Monday on school board websites. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has already announced transportation for students with OC Transpo passes who attend the following high schools: St. Patrick's, Lester B. Pearson, St. Pius X, Immaculata, and Notre Dame.
Previously, yellow school bus service wasn't possible because school boards could not receive guarantees from the ATU that their routes wouldn't be picketed.

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