CCTA Drivers & Riders prepare for Strike

Published 03/16 2014 09:22PM

Updated 03/16 2014 09:27PM

BURLINGTON, VT- CCTA drivers are set to strike Monday.

While the Burlington School District chose not to take sides in the matter, some students are getting involved.

Students already have to get up pretty early for school, but Monday morning they're setting their alarms even earlier to march in solidarity with CCTA drivers.

Meanwhile, people who take the bus to work have to find another way to get around.

As CCTA drivers get set to strike Monday, some BHS students plan to stand in solidarity with them, or rather, walk.

"We're organizing a walk along the North Ave bus route to school to show support for the drivers," said Henry Prine, BHS Senior.

Senior Henry Prine helped oragnize the solidarity walk.

At 7:45 Monday morning some students plan on marching from Ben and Jerry's on Church Street, to Burlington High School.

The Burlington School District isn't offering an alternative way for students to get to school, and Prine said he and others rely on the bus drivers, especially during the winter.

"The system won't be able to function without them and I think that's something we'll see in the next few days," said Acques Okuka, Fellow BHS Senior.

He thinks that might start happening Monday.

"Some students from what I've been hearing say they might not come to school because of that," said Okuka.

Others like Annika Freudenberger also plan on walking in solidarity with drivers, "I've ridden the bus almost every single day for the past four years."

But she does have other means of transportation going forward.

"I'm pretty lucky cause I have a lot of friends who live near me who have cars."

That's not the case for many who use CCTA to get to work.

The Agency of Transportation is reminding people they can use Go! Vermont., a system that matches people with a carpool.

Two routes will still have partial service.

Green Mountain Transit Authority will continue to run its portion of the Montpelier Link Express, and the 116 Commuter.

Drivers plan to start their strike at 6AM on Cherry Street in Downtown Burlington.

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