Pandemic causing a shortage in Bee-Line bus drivers and missed trips
If you're planning on taking
a Bee-Line bus one of these days, you might be waiting out in the cold for
longer than usual.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer says the pandemic is causing
a shortage in bus drivers and missed trips. "They have to go through the
same quarantine and isolation policies as any of us do."
Those policies require a
two-week quarantine, keeping drivers off the streets. "It's so bad. People complain
about it and they have to do something about it," says bus passenger Michael Agumobi-obe.
County officials say part of the problem is that there's just no way to
anticipate when bus drivers will call out sick. "You kind of
rely on the bus system and public transit itself to be reliable,
especially in places like Yonkers where everybody doesn't drive,"
says rider Martic Morrison.
Officials are asking for understanding, and some patience as they manage the
shortage. "At the same time, you can't complain about the drivers calling
out for being sick and not spreading the virus," shrugs Morrison.
county says they're working with bus operator Liberty Lines on solutions,
including appointing a supervisor to better coordinate and communicate when it
comes to these drivers' shifts.