After almost a year of preparation and six months of negotiations, the SMART Transportation Division Union members have narrowly rejected the tentative agreement with the MTA. With 1713 ballots counted, or roughly 35% turnout, the contract was rejected by 61 votes. The final tally was 826 for and 887 against. The vote was certified by the California State Mediation Service on July 18. The General Committee spent the rest of the day in meetings and the membership will be advised as to the next steps in the process.