- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The transportation agency in Vermont’s largest county says it has authorized its staff to secure temporary bus drivers until negotiations with striking drivers are resolved.

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority says the move is “in the interest of restoring transit service as quickly as possible.” The authority wants staff to prepare a plan including options for legal action to end the strike.

The measures are part of a resolution adopted Monday by the authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Striking drivers rejected the authority’s latest contract proposal. The board says it’s ready to restore negotiations and offer a new proposal.

The strike began March 17 and has burdened students, immigrants and poor people.

Drivers and authority management disagree over details of a new three-year contract.

About 9,500 people a day ride authority buses throughout Chittenden County.

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