RIPTA hosts job fair to fill 31 driver vacancies

This is a file image of a RIPTA bus. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority hosted a job fair on Wednesday, its latest attempt to try to attract drivers.

The fair, held Wednesday at RIPTA’s Providence headquarters, meant to address the driver shortage, which is the largest since the late 70s.

RIPTA Chief of Human Resources, Kathy Nadeau, said the agency is hiring for a few different positions.

“It’s important to fill every position we have here, so we have driver positions, utility, mechanical positions, all of these positions being filled to their compliment, their budgeter compliment, help us keep the busses on the road, and it services all the people of Rhode Island well,” Nadeau said.

Last month, RIPTA announced that it will temporarily reduce service starting Oct. 22 because of its “struggle to competitively recruit drivers.”

Wednesday afternoon, Nadeau told ABC 6 News that the agency received 25 applications, mostly for CDL trainee driver positions.

“Now, we go through the process of screening and qualifying applicants for interview,” she said.

Starting pay for drivers on fixed routes is just under $19 an hour, RIPTA hopes to have contract negotiations, to raise starting hourly-rates, sorted by next week.

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