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CCTA and drivers set emergency meeting

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Both CCTA management and driver supporters showed up in full force in an emergency meeting held Wednesday. In an earlier statement CCTA said they were open to the idea of possibly exploring other options to get the buses moving again because they are very concerned about their customers.

When asked if one of those options included the use of short-term drivers, CCTA said that since the board has not yet met to hammer out specific and viable options, they did not want to comment. They did say they would be open to discussing a new written proposal from the union, and that binding arbitration is still on the table as an option.

However, driver supporters stated earlier that they will be using Wednesday's meeting as an outlet to discuss why they will not accept binding arbitration.

As the battle rages on, it's riders like Samantha Carranza that really need this to end.

Carranza woke up last Monday and discovered two things. First her car wouldn't start and second the CCTA buses were not running.

"I was thinking oh, I could just take the bus, you know, and come to find out I couldn't Monday morning. So I had several appointments for my daughter and was unable to make some of those, and for the other ones I had to pay for cabs," said Carranaza.

Samantha spent $138 last week on cabs alone, money she says she doesn't have to spend. So she took to the picket lines to tell the drivers her story and get some answers.

"She and I asked them several questions, mainly what were their main concerns, trying to basically understand where they were coming from and they were pretty rude to us," said Carranaza.

Carranaza says the drivers only expressed issues with the cameras on the buses, but she says as a rider they ensure her safety.

"When I was about seven-and-a-half months pregnant with her, the bus driver took off before I could even sit down in the first seat, and I almost fell. So, there are certain things that happen that do need to be caught," said Carranaza.

Carranaza said she is not taking either side, she just really wants and needs the strike to be over.

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