Relief with Resumption of CCTA Bus Service

Published 04/04 2014 10:14PM

Updated 04/04 2014 10:31PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - There's relief for thousands of bus passengers in Chittenden County.

The CCTA strike is over and bus drivers are back on the job.

"I'm so excited, you know, I'm able to get where I need to go," says Rebecca Rectenwald, a bus rider.

On Friday, bus service resumed for the first time in nearly three weeks.

On Thursday, the bus drivers' union and CCTA agreed to a new contract, which settled issues including the length of work shifts and the use of part-time drivers. That only came after weeks of negotiations and inconvenience to the 10,000 people who ride the buses each day.

"It's been very difficult to get to medical appointments, groceries, the things that we took for granted," says Rectenwald.

Those concerns are why CCTA says it will let people ride for free until Sunday, April 13th and it offer replacement monthly passes to frequent passengers.

"It's nice, it's nice. You see people who you don't know personally or as we call each other "bus buddies." So we know each other and it's nice to see them," says Connie Marshall, a bus rider.

All routes are free until next Sunday, except the Montpelier LINK Express. Instead, people on that will receive vouchers that can used later for a free ride.

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