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CATS: Delays expected again Thursday due to nearly 100 bus driver absences

Around 6:15 a.m. Thursday, CATS tweeted that riders should “expect intermittent delays on CATS bus routes” due to operator absences.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 9:27 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - For the second day in a row, the Charlotte Area Transit System is experiencing delays due to a lack of operators, an ongoing issue for the public service.

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Around 6:15 a.m. Thursday, CATS tweeted that riders should “expect intermittent delays on CATS bus routes” due to operator absences.

It said there were 97 operator absences Thursday. That is down 10 from the number of absences seen on Wednesday.

In its tweet, CATS thanked riders for their patience “as we work to address the industry-wide labor shortage.”

According to CATS, the public transit service currently has 497 total bus operators staffed and 292 are required to provide service on a weekday.

Officials said the absences are occurring because of many factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, planned vacations, childcare issues, leaves of absence and unplanned absences.

According to CATS, the service has been short 23 employes on average per day since May, with the daily deficit regularly approaching 40 to 50 operators.

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