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Friday, March 21, 2014

Local Towns Not Planning to Seek CCTA Refund, for Now

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click to enlarge Chittenden County Transportation Authority bus drivers picketing at Church and Cherry streets Friday - MARK DAVIS
  • Mark Davis
  • Chittenden County Transportation Authority bus drivers picketing at Church and Cherry streets Friday

The state Agency of Transportation is threatening to leverage its contract with CCTA to encourage an end to the bus strike, but Chittenden County communities who rely on CCTA aren't willing to take similar action.

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.

Why?

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.”

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