Metro, the operator of Chilean capital Santiago's metro system, has made a number of service alternatives available, including using its part-time worker staff, to take on the service disruptions on Sunday (Dec 5) caused by a union strike.
While other lines were closed, the company was able to open the system's main line - line 1 - starting in the afternoon, with overtime from part-time metro conductors, but Metro decided to keep other lines closed given the on-going strike by the N° 3 union of metro conductors and the lower demand on Sundays compared to other days, according to a company release.
The Transantiago bus system also made additional buses available to "clone" the missing metro service, while some metro stations will remain open to allow users to add credit to the cards used for payment on Transantiago. The release said that more than 3,300 buses would be in service.
The N° 3 union's strike began on November 29 during contract negotiations, but Metro has operated with normal service on all lines except line 4A, which has been shut down. The line is scheduled to reopen on Monday (Dec 6). Wednesday (Dec 8) is a national holiday in Chile, but Metro said that lines should be operating normally that day.