Denver Transit

Bus and light rail operators of Denver's mass transit system are back at work today after a weeklong strike, bringing relief to some of the metro area's busiest roads.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacy Stegman says traffic on U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder was up about 13 percent during the strike.

She says the department expects a "nice improvement" to those areas this morning, now that bus and light rail service is back to normal.

The walkout by about 1,750 mechanics, bus drivers and train operators began a week ago.

They had rejected a contract offer from the Regional Transportation District.

They overwhelming approved a new offer on Friday that promised the same raise of a dollar and 80 cents per hour over three years, but more would be paid out sooner.