Addressing a Bus Driver Shortage in San Francisco

The ongoing quest to fix Muni enters a new chapter, after a driver shortage impacted bus service earlier this year.

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September 14, 2018, 2:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"After a citywide Muni service slowdown that itself stretched at least 90 days, Muni officials now have a 90-day plan to reverse those woes," reports Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez from San Francisco.

Muni ran out of drivers from late April to July, according to the article. Now the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

To break through the bottleneck in training that caused the problems earlier this year, the "SFMTA will increase its bus and rail training class sizes, revise its teaching methods to help minimize its training failure rate and expand hiring outreach to attract more applicants."

"In the near-term, the plan calls for improving service on the most heavily trafficked bus routes — known as 'rapid' lines, like the 38R-Geary Rapid — by 5 percent, and increasing delivered service on rail lines by 3 percent," according to Fitzgerald Rodriguez.

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