CATS bus drivers have not been showing up to work daily because they feel there are unsafe working conditions especially after the bus driver was killed in a road rage incident a few months ago. They are averaging 107 unexcused absences daily which is way more than they can cover each day reliably.
CATS CEO John Lewis told transit officials and Charlotte city leaders the agency has 74 positions open right now, the most at any point in its history. Until CATS can hire and train more drivers, they’re going to have to make changes. Fourteen local and express routes will be impacted, as well as four routes that make late-night and early-morning trips.
CATS has not finalized which routes will be impacted but officials said during Thursday night’s meeting that Tuckaseegee Road, Mt. Holly Road and Statesville Avenue are routes that could be changed. 80% of the routes will not be changed said Lewis.
Final plans will be brought before the Metropolitan Transit Commission on July 27. If approved, the adjusted schedule could begin by mid-August.
Do you use public transportation, if so, how long does it take to get a ride now?