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Vt. officials not ready to intervene in CCTA strike

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

State officials are not ready to intervene in the strike by bus drivers that has idled the Vermont's largest mass transit operation.

Drivers for the Chittenden County Transit Authority have been on strike since last Monday. After a failed negotiating session last Saturday, no new talks have been scheduled.

About 86 percent of CCTA's funding comes from federal, state and local taxpayers. Experts say the state could try to force an end to the standoff. But Vt. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says not yet.

"There are a number of things that could be considered at some point since we are heavily invested in this service along with the federal government, but it's premature," Searles said.

Other options could be for one side or the other to take the dispute before the Vermont Labor Relations Board or into a courtroom. Neither side has suggested they are considering those options.

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