RIPTA cancels morning trips for 4 Providence high schools amid driver shortage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority canceled some morning trips Thursday for four Providence high schools.

Some students at Central High School, Classical High School, Hope High School, and Mount Pleasant High School will be without bus service.

RIPTA said it’s facing a “critical shortage of staff necessary to maintain daily transportation service.”

Cristy Raposo Perry, the spokesperson for RIPTA, said students affected by the cancellations can take a bus to Kennedy Plaza and then take an alternative route to their school.

Students at Kennedy plaza on Thursday told ABC6News these issues have been going on for a long time now, and busses often won’t arrive at their scheduled time.

“Sometimes the bus won’t even show up. It will say a scheduled time and it won’t show up,” said Teondre Smith-Green, a junior at Paul Cuffee High School.

“I usually just get off at a random stop and I’ll walk because it’s too packed sometimes,” said Alonnie Stovall, a senior at Central High School. “It will take like an hour or two [for a bus to come] and I’m waiting here at 8 or 9 o’clock.”

“RIPTA has attempted to implement this solution but has not been able to recruit any of the former bus operators yet,” the authority wrote in a statement.

A full list of lines impacted by the shortages can be found on RIPTA’s website, which updates at 6 a.m.

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