Lacking drivers, T starts paring back service
Cuts affecting 31 bus routes, Mattapan trolley
THE MBTA is paring back service on 31 bus routes and the Mattapan trolley because it doesn’t have enough workers to provide the scheduled service.
Starting December 19, T officials said some service will be added on a handful of routes, but overall service levels during the winter will be declining by about 3 percent to reflect a large dropoff in the number of drivers available. The transit authority on Monday put out a call on Twitter for more drivers, saying 300 positions need to be filled.
The driver shortage has been building for some time. Over the last several months, the T has been canceling about one of every 20 scheduled bus trips because it doesn’t have enough drivers, the T said.
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said drivers are scarce across the board in the transportation sector and at many of the nation’s transit agencies. He said attrition is outpacing the T’s ability to add new workers.
For a complete list of the upcoming service changes, click here.