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Transit strike in Colombia ends

Demonstrations over plans to implement a new transport system in Bogota erupt into street clashes.
Demonstrations over plans to implement a new transport system in Bogota erupt into street clashes.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Four-day strike affected some 8 million passengers, drew protesters to the streets
  • Transportation workers reach an agreement with the city government, ending the strike
  • Owners of bus companies say new integrated transportation plan would leave them out
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Bogota, Colombia (CNN) -- A four-day transit strike that created a traffic nightmare in the Colombian capital and brought protesters into the streets was resolved Thursday, officials said.

The strike, which affected some 8 million passengers, ended after the transportation workers reached an agreement with the city government.

The owners of small- and medium-sized bus companies were protesting because they said a new integrated transportation plan would have left them out in the cold.

Bogota's mayor wants to implement a new transport system that would reduce from 66 to 13 the number of companies that perform public transport duties in the city.

The city's plan to entice drivers to join the new transport system was not generous enough, workers said.

The drivers would not get a big enough cut of the operations, and offers from the city to buy some buses from smaller companies to add to the new fleet were too small, the strikers said.

Journalist Fernando Ramos contributed to this report for CNN.