Seventeen bus routes servicing Hamilton students have been cancelled Thursday (Sept. 17) morning.
Morning and afternoon runs on 17 Caledonia Bus Lines routes were cancelled due to driver shortages and there were more than 100 delays on routes across the city Thursday morning.
The cancellations come a day after school boards shared an update on driver shortages with students and families.
“Despite considerable additional funds provided by our Board and the Provincial Government, as well as a complete re-routing of our transportation system (routes), we continue to experience a significant bus driver shortage,” the update said.
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“Unlike other boards/consortia, we have not as of yet cancelled routes so as to mitigate against the bus driver shortage. Saying that, we may have no other alternative to do so if this situation does not improve.”
Just last week, boards announced that they had made some progress on the shortage, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time they said they were able to reduce the shortage from 80 to 59 in the morning and 67 in the afternoon.