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FTA Issues Draft Directive on Transit Worker Safety

The agency says assaults on transit workers are at ‘unacceptable’ levels.

December 20, 2023 - Mass Transit

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How Inequality Impacts Transit Safety

Transit workers are being assaulted by riders at alarming rates, and inequity may be partly to blame.

December 8, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Transit Workforce Dashboard Promotes Employment in Public Transit

A new online tool aims to help transit agencies recruit and retain workers.

March 10, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Why Are Transit Agencies So Understaffed?

More than nine in 10 U.S. transit agencies face operator shortages. A new report sheds light on the reasons why they’re having such a hard time attracting new hires.

July 21, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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Planning Trends to Watch in 2022

Building a framework of understanding for the year to come.

January 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

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Driver Shortages and Service Reductions: The Crisis in Public Transit Continues

While transit systems around the country had reason to celebrate the new funding made available in the federal infrastructure bill, long-term concerns about operational capacity have not been resolved.

November 18, 2021 - Detroit Free Press

New York MTA Bus

How Free Fares Could Benefit Bus Drivers

Free transit would reduce boarding times and improve working conditions for bus drivers, the 'frontline workers' responsible for fare collection and enforcement.

September 14, 2021 - NextCity

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Labor Dispute, Service Disruptions, and a Record Heat Wave Hit Reno's Bus System

It's been a tough week for buses and bus riders in and around Reno, Nevada.

July 15, 2021 - Reno Gazette Journal


S.F. Bay Area Driver Shortage, Canceled Trips and Routes

Amid a nationwide bus driver shortage, transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area haven’t been able to fill vacant positions fast enough.

January 16, 2020 - East Bay Times

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More Service Cuts Due to Denver's Bus Driver Shortage

Denver transit riders are bearing the brunt of the region's lack of transit drivers.

December 23, 2019 - The Denver Post

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Around the Country, Cities Face Bus Driver Shortages

Cities like St. Louis, Denver, and Minneapolis have have fewer bus drivers than the transit system requires. The shortages are effecting the quality of service.

September 3, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

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The Denver Bus Driver Shortage

Low wages and a strong economy are making it hard to find new bus drivers in Denver. The lack of drivers leads to decreased service.

April 3, 2019 - Streetsblog Denver

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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.

September 14, 2018 - San Francisco Examiner

Denver's Regional Transportation District Cuts Bus Service

Low ridership and driver shortages mean the Denver area's Regional Transportation District cut bus service.

August 27, 2018 - The Denver Post

Metro Transit Minneapolis

Twin Cities Bus Driver Shortage Cuts 67 Bus Trips a Day

Forty bus routes are losing trips because the Twin Cities have been unable to recruit and retain sufficient drivers to run the system.

August 3, 2018 - Minnesota Public Radio News

New York MTA Bus

Bus Drivers Weigh In On New York's Falling Bus Ridership

A majority of bus drivers favor riders paying fares before they get on the bus and better bus lane enforcement.

June 30, 2018 - CityLab

TARTA Station

Toledo Bus Service Cut Amid Falling Ridership

TARTA, like many transit services around the United States, has lost riders. Officials hope a new downtown hub can stem that tide, even as the transit authority cuts service.

March 6, 2018 - Toledo Blade

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bus Drivers, Worried About Working Conditions, Use Super Bowl for Leverage

Minneapolis bus drivers who have been victims of 72 felony assaults since 2010, have long sought to improve what they call unsafe working conditions.

December 23, 2017 - Minneapolis Star Tribune


Denver Bus Driver Shortage Disrupting Service

If there was a Bronco's game on Sunday, you might be late to work Monday, because RTD doesn't have the drivers to cover both rushes.

November 20, 2017 - Streetsblog Denver

School Buses

Nation's School Districts Struggling to Attract Enough Bus Drivers

As the economy has improved, fewer people are looking for employment as school bus drivers. When fewer buses are available, more students drive to school, brining unwanted environmental risks along for the ride.

April 5, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

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