The 41 year-old lives in south Phoenix and has to take three buses, including the free airport shuttle, to get to her job at Sky Harbor International Airport, where she helps US Airways passengers at the check-in counter and departure gate.
On weekdays, the trip takes 40 minutes; on weekends, up to an hour. That’s if all the buses are on time, don’t break down or if she leaves work on time.
But if flights get delayed, Rozensteruik can’t get out of the airport by 8:30 p.m. in time to meet the last bus. Starting next week, her weekend buses will run every hour. Her trip will get longer, more difficult and she’s more likely to have to take a cab home. That costs her $20, she said. She earns $13 an hour, so every time she works late, all the money she earns goes into getting home.