CATS: More delays expected Monday due to nearly 90 bus driver absences

The impacted routes vary daily depending on the number of absences.
CATS tweeted that there are 88 bus driver absences and riders should “expect intermittent delays on CATS bus routes.”
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 5:13 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The Charlotte Area Transit System is expecting more delays as the new work week starts due to dozens of bus driver absences.

Shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, CATS tweeted that there are 88 bus driver absences and riders should “expect intermittent delays on CATS bus routes.”

On Sunday, the public transit service had 56 drivers absent. Last Wednesday, 107 drivers were out, followed by 97 on Thursday and 92 on Friday.

Related: CATS bus rider says a bus not showing up cost her a job

CATS officials previously said on average 23 employees are absent a day. Operators are unable to work for a variety of reasons, from COVID-19 to childcare issues.

A CATS spokesperson said they need 292 operators a day to provide full service. So on June 22, nearly half of the required operators were out.

The impacted routes vary daily depending on the number of absences.

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