Bronx commuters say they are happy Bee-Line buses will soon be rolling again
After seven weeks of striking, Bee-Line bus drivers ratified a new contract Wednesday and many Bronx commuters say they are happy buses will be rolling again. The settlement ends a 50-day-old strike that stranded about 10,000 riders across the Bronx. Many commuters, who had to make alternate plans and spend extra money on transportation, say they are very pleased the strike is over. Under the new four-year contract, Liberty Lines agreed to lower the retirement age to 59, with full pension benefits. Union members were also offered a 3.5 percent salary increase, a cost of living raise and a family health benefits package. A spokesman for Liberty Lines, which operates the buses, said bus service would resume on Saturday.