DENVER — Regional Transportation District operators are primed to receive their largest pay increase in the company’s 48-year history.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that bus drivers and train engineers will receive an 8 percent increase in the first year of a new contract and 3 percent in following years of a three-year deal.

The new contract raises the starting hourly wage for operators from $17.59 to $19.40.

The new collective bargaining agreement covers 1,975 transportation district employees represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001. Union-represented employees constitute about 69 percent of the agency’s employee base. They primarily include bus and rail operators and mechanics.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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