SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Muni is struggling with a shortage of light rail drivers and passengers are starting to feel the effects, but the transit agency has said that help is on the way.
The shortage has forced Muni to use bus shuttles to fill in gaps in light rail service, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by passengers, who say that they’ve had to wait longer to be picked up.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Shoot, Kill Armed Suspect Outside San Francisco Airport International Terminal; Bullet Hits Bystander
KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:
Muni is about 70 light-rail operators short of where they should be due to attrition and a past hiring freeze.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Hostage Standoff Ends; Knife-Wielding Suspect Arrested; Victims Including Small Child Unharmed
”We’ve made some decisions in the past where we’ve had to cut service, and we didn’t see the point of trying to add operators when we’re cutting service,” said Muni Spokesman Paul Rose.
Things could improve soon as a new class of 27 operators graduated from a Muni academy Thursday.
The agency is now paying 16 retirees to work part time. Rose said that Muni should fill its driver shortfall by July.MORE NEWS: Thick Fog Bank Blankets San Francisco, North Bay Valleys
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