RIPTA to discuss bus driver shortage impacting Providence schools

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s Board of Directors will meet Wednesday to discuss a shortage of bus drivers.

In a statement, spokesperson for RIPTA, Cristy Raposo Perry said, “RIPTA will report to the board on the recent media coverage regarding Providence Schools trips and what actions have been taken to better communicate service disruptions and resolve the issue.”

The transportation company has been under fire lately after high school students in Providence struggled to catch a ride to class last week.

With not enough drivers, RIPTA has canceled routes leaving students to find an alternative way to school.

Students can ride any available RIPTA fixed-route bus to Kennedy Plaza and then transfer to a route that serves their school, according to RIPTA.

The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m.

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