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Portland Bus Lane

‘Forward Together’ Bus System Redesign Rolling Out in Portland

Portland is redesigning its bus system to respond to the changing patterns of the post-pandemic world—with twin goals of increasing ridership and improving equity.

August 30, 2023 - Mass Transit

MBTA Bus

MBTA Announces Improved Bus Frequencies, Redesigned Route Map in Boston

A large system redesign is nearing implementation in and around Boston, but the new system map will require more drivers than the MBTA currently employs.

November 21, 2022 - The Boston Globe

A Metro Los Angeles bus driver is behind the wheel while wearing a mask.

How to Hire and Retain Bus Drivers During the Great Resignation

Bus systems all over the country are cutting service due to an ongoing shortage of operators—the drivers who make the whole system go. A few examples of success provide a way forward.

October 17, 2022 - TransitCenter

Bus driver wearing a COVID-19 protective mask

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

Portland Bus Lane

Bus Service Cut in Portland as Driver Shortage Lingers

Like many transit agencies around the country, the regional transit agency for Portland, Oregon is struggling to attract enough bus drivers to maintain planned levels of transit service.

June 28, 2022 - TriMet

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Driver Shortage Undercuts the Potential of L.A.’s Recent Bus System Redesign

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority implemented a complete overhaul of its bus system in three waves over the course of 2021. A shortage of drivers for the system has made it impossible to implement that vision.

May 17, 2022 - TransitCenter

Sound Transit

Seattle Latest to Cut Transit Service for Lack of Drivers

Sound Transit service designers were hoping that March would be the month to restore service to the transit system in and around Seattle. A shortage of bus drivers is sending the system in the opposite direction.

March 4, 2022 - The Seattle Times

A woman wears a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic in a large crowd at a transit station in New York City.

Stimulus Funds Not Enough to Guarantee Transit's Future in D.C. and L.A.

In statements that echo the alarm of March 2020, transit officials in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. recently announced plans to reduce transit service.

February 17, 2022 - James Brasuell

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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

Rescue Bus

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

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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

RTD Bus

Facing Driver Shortage, Denver RTD Backs Off Proposed Service Reductions

Transit planners are rethinking a December proposal to eliminate and reduce transit service in response to a shortage of drivers in the Denver area.

March 10, 2020 - The Denver Post

SamTrans

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

A bus next to the re-located light rail station at Denver's Union Station

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

Boston Bus

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

New York MTA Bus

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

Bus Stop

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

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