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Guadalajara crippled by bus strike

November 12, 2012

Guadalajara awoke to a disruptive public transport strike on Monday, with over 90 percent of the city’s buses not in operation.

Announced by public transport unions only the night before, the strikes involve between 2,000 and 6,000 workers, according to different local media reports. The bus drivers want an increase in their share of profits, demanding 1.60 pesos for every ticket sold, 33 percent more than the 1.20 pesos they currently receive.

According to Spanish-language daily El Informador, buses are running on the 631, 647, 646 and 644B routes, while a few other routes are operating at reduced capacity, with only 50 percent of staff present. The Pre-Tren, Macrobus and Tren Ligero are all running as normal, albeit with overcrowded carriages.

The strikes have caused increased traffic on the roads, with taxi drivers proving the only beneficiaries so far.

Municipal and state police and fire department vehicles are running replacement services across the metropolitan zone, transporting the public along major roads such as the Periferico, Alcalde, the Calzada Independencia and avenidas Lopez Mateos, Mariano Otero, Patria, Revolucion and Vallarta.

“While the problem lasts, we will be trying to make the effects the least disruptive they can be for our citizens,” said Guadalajara Mayor Ramiro Hernandez.

The traffic chaos has also sparked a public response, with citizens offering lifts in their private vehicles, in messages tagged #RaiteZMG or #RaiteGDL on social network Twitter.

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