Dr. Gridlock - Talks with bus union break down

Bus drivers in Prince George's County continued their strike Tuesday after negotiations broke down following four hours of talks, the drivers' union leader said.

Half of TheBus's 61 routes had some service Tuesday after Veolia Transportation, the company that operates the buses for the county, brought in replacement drivers, said Ruth Otte, a Veolia Transportation spokeswoman. Routes that have service are listed on the county's website.

Thomas Ratliff, president of Teamsters Local 639, said talks broke down around 2 p.m. over several issues, including health insurance coverage. The union has been negotiating with Veolia since their contract expired June 30. The strike started Monday.
TheBus carries about 14,000 passengers per day.

Ratliff said no new date has been set to resume negotiations.