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Bus Strike Snarls Traffic in World Cup City Where U.S. Will Play

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Several people are seen inside of a bus in Rio de Janeriro, Brazil on May 13 during the second day of a bus drivers strike, who demand an increase on their wages.ANTONIO LACERDA / EPA

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Strikes by Brazilian bus drivers for higher wages in the northeastern city of Natal on Friday hampered transportation to a World Cup match in the city — the same place the United States team will play Monday.

Mexico and Cameroon started playing at the Estadio das Dunas stadium at noon ET. But only 30 percent of the city’s buses were running due to a strike that began Thursday, according to World Travel Safety, an organization that monitors travel risks.

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The head of Natal’s Urban Mobility Department told G1, a Brazilian news website, that the city will rely on school buses and vans to transport spectators to the stadium from malls and supermarkets.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Natal raised concerns that the Estadio das Dunas suffered from safety oversights, including missing guardrails and loose seats.

Heavy rain also plagued the second day of the World Cup, which has been marred by construction delays and political protests.

— Elisha Fieldstadt, with The Associated Press
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People wait for a bus in front of the headquarters of the Transport Union in Natal during a public transport strike on June 12, 2014, a few hours before the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP - Getty Images

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