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YRT riders will have to wait for full service after strike

The transit strike may be over but commuters in York Region will have to exercise some more patience before service is fully restored.

Last week, two locals of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) ratified deals with Miller Transit, which operates 51 routes, and Veolia Transportation, which runs Viva service, ending a three-month-long strike.

Now, the more than 600 workers who were off the job must go through refresher courses and the buses will need to be checked over. Service will start being phased-in on Saturday but it will take a few weeks for full service to be restored on all of the affected routes.

The strike shut down 60 per cent of YRT service, inconveniencing about 44,000 commuters a day.

York Region officials have promised at least one month of free service, but they haven’t said when that will begin.