Drivers needed as September nears
With a potential transportation nightmare looming, the Calgary Board of Education says it has a plan in place to deal with the city’s school bus driver shortage.
CBE spokesman Ted Flitton said the board has undertaken several initiatives to combat the staffing crunch, including changing routes, reducing wait times for drivers and amalgamating bus stops.
“We’ve been doing a lot of things throughout the summer to see how we can increase efficiencies and maybe get rid of some not-so-effective practices,” said Flitton, adding the CBE is also examining a pilot program that offers bus drivers routes in their neighbourhoods,
Anything that boosts driver recruiting would be music to the ears of Vivian Nickel, regional safety manager for Cardinal Coach Lines Ltd., one of the CBE’s transportation partners.
Cardinal is trying to recruit 150 drivers for the upcoming year, but have only had 84 recruits start their training program over the summer, leaving Nickel unsure if they will meet the target by the time the school year starts.