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Bus shortages mean long waits for some passengers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Many who commute by RTC buses are seeing long waits on their routes. A scarcity of drivers, the continuing pandemic, and building are all accountable.

It’s a headache for frequent bus riders like Patricia Siebel. She takes the bus 4 days per week. In the previous week, she needed to wait nearly an hour.

“The bus comes at 10:13 normally,” stated Siebel. “But twice last week I had to wait. The bus didn’t show up until like 5 till 11. I had to take an Uber home.”

The RTC’s deputy CEO Francis Julien says the company is experiencing a crucial labor scarcity and is working with contractors to resolve the scenario as shortly as attainable. Julien says RTC has added autos to routes.

“A lot of the new recruits that came from jobs where they were furloughed or fired during the pandemic got recalled and obviously had more seniority in their previous jobs,” stated Julien.

Some of the extra high-frequency routes are alongside Flamingo, Tropicana, Charleston, Sahara, and Boulder Highway. Julian stated building in these areas can be including to delays.

RTC has a brand new marketing campaign to assist recruit drivers.

“It takes a month to train a bus driver,” stated Julian. “We are hopeful and what we are seeing right now with the campaign is both contractors have a lot of new recruits that are being trained.”

Meanwhile, RTC is asking riders to be affected person, use their rideshare app for bus schedules, and be sort to drivers.

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