- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The regional transit authority that provides public transportation in much of Vermont’s largest county has hired a new general manager.

On Thursday, the Board of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority offered the job to Karen Walton, now the general manager of the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company in Virginia.

CCTA Board chair Catherine Dimitruk says Walton has accepted the offer.

Walton will replace Bill Watterson who stepped down in July.

Earlier this year CCTA drivers staged an 18-day strike, the first in the 40-year history of the CCTA. The strike forced almost 10,000 people a day in Chittenden County to find other ways to get to school and work.

In a statement issued by the CCTA board, Walton said she’s looking forward to putting down roots in Burlington.

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