Once again, discussions between the city and the union representing the 2,300 striking OC Transpo employees are happening under a media blackout.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has asked both sides not to divulge information pertaining to the meetings that took place yesterday.

Meanwhile, the city is continuing with measures intended to mitigate the impact of the strike on residents.

Yesterday, Mayor Larry O’Brien spoke with representatives from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and La Cité Collégiale about emergency funding from the city to help enhance shuttle service on the Transitway to help students get to and from school during the ATU Local 279 transit strike.

City staff is expected to report back to city council regarding that funding, private vehicles using the Transitway and several other options at the city council meeting tomorrow.

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