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No end in sight for CCTA strike

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Day two of the bus drivers strike in Chittenden County and there is no end in sight.

About 70 unionized drivers left their buses parked yesterday in favor of the picket line. That left about 9,500 CCTA passengers in the lurch, including over 2,000 Burlington school kids. Burlington does not have its own fleet of school buses and contracts with CCTA to provide that service. The school board rejected the superintendent's recommendation of seeking replacement busses.

"After school I was outside, and everybody was just walking all over the place, probably concerned about how they are going to get home," said Kujtim Hashani, a first year student at Burlington High School.

"I feel bad for them because they had no way to come here -- and it wasn't their fault. They depend on the bus to come here everyday and it just wasn't there for them today and who knows how long it isn't going to be there for," said Mentor Hashani, a BHS sophomore.

"For many of our kids, our schools are where they come for food, where they come for heat, where they come for adult supervision as well as where they come for academics. Having kids not able to access school is very sad and of great concern," said Burlington Superintendent Jeanne Collins.

Replacement buses would have cost thousands of dollars a day and the school board was reluctant to spend that money in the face of the voter's rejection of the school budget two weeks ago.

As for the status of the strike -- CCTA says legally it's up to the union to make the next move. Drivers and passengers were planning a "community speak-out" Tuesday morning in Winooski  to address the CCTA Board of Commissioners meeting.

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