Striking CCTA bus drivers have maintained a picket line at Church and Cherry streets every day since walking out last week.
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority said striking bus drivers submitted a "credible" contract offer last night and expect negotiations to resume soon — the first encouraging sign of progress in an ongoing labor dispute that has stalled public transportation in the region.
"It is CCTA’s hope that the union’s new compromise proposal will move the discussion forward on the remaining four articles — wages, work rules, security cameras and the use of part-time drivers," the agency said today. "A fair and respectful negotiation that arrives at a compromise on each of the four remaining issues is CCTA’s preferred course for restoring service to the communities we serve.
"The union’s most recent proposal represents a productive step toward compromise and we expect negotiations with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be restored very soon," the CCTA statement read.
CCTA did not release details of the contract offer, and union representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
Drivers went on strike last Monday, forcing 9,700 daily bus riders, including many lower-income residents, to seek alternate transportation or be stranded.