06/02/2014 02:58 EDT | Updated 08/01/2014 05:59 EDT

GO Transit Bus Service Strike Averted

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GO Transit bus riders can breathe a sigh of relief as the new work week begins today.

In the early morning hours Monday, the union representing more than 1850 bus drivers, station attendants, maintenance and safety personnel and some office staff reached a tentative deal with Metrolinx —​ the company that operates GO Transit — averting a labour strike that would have affected about 53,000 commuters. 

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Negotiations between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 and Metrolinx began in earnest last week and continued until around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. 

The union's three-year contract expired on Saturday, and a strike deadline had been set for 12:00 a.m ET Monday. It would have been the first strike GO Transit's 47-year history. 

Despite the deadline, GO Transit buses continued operating on a regular schedule as negotiators worked towards a new deal. 

A spokesperson for ATU Local 1587 said the group was "pleased" with the agreement, but declined to comment further on the specifics of the tentative deal.