Bus riders spooked by possible Saskatoon transit strike

Bus riders in Saskatoon are not thrilled at the prospect of a transit strike.

Buses are the only option for many riders

Early morning commuters at Saskatoon's downtown bus mall are not thrilled with the possibility of a transit strike.

For many, the bus is their only transportation option.

"I catch the bus to the north industrial area — from 8th Street," said Travis Keshane, adding he needs to budget more than an hour to get across town.

Janet Lachance is in a similar bind. Her back-up transportation is a bicycle, which she says isn't practical given the distance she has to travel. 

"I don't have a vehicle so the bus is pretty important to me," she said. "I've dealt with transit strikes before and they're no fun at all, whatsoever."

Lachance speaks from experience, having lived through a transit strike in Calgary.

Transit workers turned down offer

The latest development happened last Friday when 94 per cent of the transit workers union rejected the city's most recent contract offer. It would have seen a 10 per cent wage increase over four years.

The workers are in a legal position to strike with 48 hours' notice.