Transit Agency Proposes Arbitration To Avert Strike

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority is hoping to avert a bus driver strike by asking the union to agree to final binding arbitration. A federal mediation session is set for Thursday, but barring a settlement, a strike by the authority’s drivers could begin early Friday morning.

Public transportation demand to outpaces funding

High gas prices have persuaded more Vermonters to leave their cars at home and take the bus to work. Advocates say that helps the environment and saves wear-and-tear on the highways. But they say the demand has begun to outstrip the state’s ability to pay for public transit.

CCTA could trim service, raise fares

The Chittenden County Transportation Agency is considering a plan to trim public bus services and raise fares on a Burlington to Middlebury commuter route.