- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The man at the helm of the Chittenden County Transit Authority when a strike shut down buses this spring says he’s leaving the agency.

General Manager Bill Watterson notified employees and the board of directors Monday that he will step down effective September 30 to pursue other opportunities.

The strike, which began March 17, was the first in the 40-year history of the CCTA, whose buses carry about 9,700 people a day, including about 2,400 Burlington public school students. Both sides had haggled over wages, disciplinary action from anonymous tips, part-time drivers and split shifts.

The strike ended on April 3.

Incoming board chair Catherine Dimitruk says the board will hire an interim director and work with Watterson to manage the recruiting of a successor.

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