RIPTA works to address driver shortage impacting Providence students

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is working to address a driver shortage that is impacting Providence students.

“Recently, RIPTA along with Senior Staff from Gov. Dan McKee’s office met with Amalgamated Transit Union Division 618 leaders to discuss how to resolve recent bus service disruption for Providence Schools students,” said Christy Raposo Perry, spokesperson for RIPTA.

Nicholas Domings, spokesman for Providence Public Schools, told ABC 6 on Friday that the transit authority has been providing services for some students in the district.

“Following the meeting, RIPTA and the Union agreed to move forward with the Union’s recommendation to call upon former bus operators who are current employees in different roles to help transport school trippers,” Perry added.

The company said that it has not been able to recruit any former bus drivers yet.

In an effort to prepare passengers for disruption, RIPTA said it will be updating its website with a list of routes that will be canceled the next day.

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