GRTC recruits operators as a service in the face of staff shortage


RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) is responding to concerns about some services being cut due to staff shortages.

Mayor Stoney expressed his concerns in a letter to members of the GRTC board of directors regarding plans to cut services by 20% by the end of this year. This could include the end of all transit services at 11 p.m. and significant frequency reductions throughout the system.

Stoney says the proposed cuts are “inexplicable” since the GRTC is receiving regional and federal funding due to the pandemic.

The GRTC said ridership on local roads has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but is missing about 30 operators and a dozen mechanics. The bus service says it is actively recruiting employees and is trying to plan what the service could be like by the end of the year.

But this underlines that no decision has yet been made.

“We are preparing several scenarios right now, for the assumptions,” said Carrie Rose Pace, GRTC. “What if we have more people retiring or if we are not able to do so with the delta variant?” “

The GRTC says current employees will receive a pay rise starting in October. And new operators can get up to $ 5,000 in hiring bonus in their first year.

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