MONCTON, NB – Dates are still being nailed down but negotiators for the city and locked out Codiac Transpo workers have agreed to meet with a concilliator.

The two sides have not sat down down face-to-face since April and city spokesman Paul Thomson calls is a positive first step…

“There’s a few other steps that obviously have to take place as well, but we are going back to the table and that’s a great sign” says Thomson.

The drivers, mechanics and servicemen have been in a legal strike position for 3 months.

The city locked them out on Wednesday saying they could no long operate the system with the uncertainty of a strike hanging overhead.

Meanwhile, despite the lockout, Nickelback fans will be able to park and ride to the Magnetic Hill concert site.

The city has made arrangements with a private shuttle company to operate the service between the Moncton Coliseum to Magnetic Hill on July 7th.

Bracelets will cost $10 per person, and will be sold a the Coliseum on the day of the concert.

There will be no official on-site parking, but as in past years there will be plenty of privately-owned paid parking near the site.