Leaders from several Chittenden County communities said that, while they're frustrated with a strike now in its fifth day, they're not focused on seeking repayment for missed service this week. For now, they're content to remain on the sidelines and hope that a resolution to the contract dispute will soon come.
Individually, towns don't have a lot of leverage or financial clout, and they need a vibrant public transit system in order to reach their goal of clustered, walkable communities. Perhaps more significantly, unlike VTrans, local communities don't have individual contracts with CCTA. Instead, they are considered members of CCTA, paying their bills based on a complex formula.
“It’s a membership organization. The communities decided to get together and support the transit system," said Shelburne Town Manager Paul Bohne, whose community pays CCTA $93,000 a year. "People will be more concerned about the health of the transit system than if they are missing a few thousand dollars. I wouldn’t want to start jeopardizing it by suggesting that we want [one or two weeks'] refund.”