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Sunday, September 17, 2000
More Sydney buses put on Olympic duty around Sydney

 SYDNEY (AP) -- Bus services from around Sydney will be shifted to Olympic duty to help shuttle thousands of people to and from competition sites, transport officials said Sunday.

 A total 16 bus services in Sydney and its suburbs will be suspended from Monday. They will return to normal after the Games end on Oct. 1, the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority said in a statement.

 Sydney commuters are already finding their daily journey to work harder because of cuts to rail services.

 Transport in Sydney has been relatively smooth since the Olympic Games were formally opened Friday night. But transport officials had to deal with a number of glitches before the games.

 Last week, hundreds of volunteers had to be called in to act as navigators to avoid bus drivers from out of town losing their way, and just hours before the opening ceremony, Sydney Games organizers drafted in scores of troops to increase the number of available drivers.

 Earlier this week, dozens of drivers quit the Olympic bus service to protest working conditions and poor organization of timetables. They later returned to work in return for better pay and working conditions.

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