RTC Board Chair and Reno City Councilmember Neoma Jardon has issued the following statement regarding the end of the transit strike:
“The strike has ended as a result of the productive negotiations between Keolis and Teamsters Local 533. In a spirit of collaboration and rebuilding, it is my hope that negotiations continue in a productive manner without further strikes.
Keolis transit workers, represented by the Teamsters, which includes bus drivers, road supervisors and mechanics, will begin returning to work in the next couple of days. Employees may report to work as early as this evening, with services to be fully restored as soon as possible.
Please go to rtcwashoe.com and click on transit alerts for operating route information. Please check RTC’s transit alerts periodically, or sign up for push-notification updates. Keep in mind that there is a national and regional labor shortage, not because of the negotiations, but as a result of the pandemic, and that routes may be delayed even after normal operations have resumed.
To show our appreciation to our passengers for enduring two strikes, and to assist riders who have previously purchased bus passes that they were unable to use, the RTC will operate all RTC RIDE, FlexRIDE, and ACCESS services for free for one month, through November 19, 2021.
My thanks to Keolis and the Teamsters for coming together during negotiations and for their future efforts to provide reliable transit service to transit riders in our community. I would also like to give a special thanks to Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help bring this strike to a close so that our community can begin to heal and move forward. Because of the Mayor’s efforts, transit customers will again have public transportation they can rely on and contracted transit workers can get back to work to support their families.”