LOS ANGELES–The 32-day strike that has idled most of the city’s buses and trains and crippled many businesses appears to be over, pending ratification of an agreement announced by the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and union negotiators early this morning.

“We’ve done it,” a tired but happy Mayor Richard Riordan said at a hastily called 7 a.m. press conference Tuesday outside the Pasadena Hilton, where negotiations have been held for the past month. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve reached agreement with the bus drivers’ union.”

Riordan led the negotiations in his position as a member of the MTA board. He was recently joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson, who volunteered to help mediate.

Neither Riordan nor union officials would provide details of the tentative agreement, saying the pact would go to the striking union members for a vote this evening. If approved, Riordan says, most buses could be operating by tomorrow, and rail operations could be back track on Thursday.

The strike has forced nearly a half-million transit riders to find other ways to get to work or school, visit their doctor or to keep other appointments.

It has also taken a serious toll on many restaurants, bars and retail stores—-many of which are located in CBD office buildings–because many of the establishments’ regular workers and patrons couldn’t make it into transit-dependent Downtown.

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