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SunLine modifying bus schedule due to driver shortage, looking to hire operators

If you ride the bus in the valley you might want to double check the schedule. Sunline Transit Agency is modifying certain bus routes due to a shortage of bus drivers starting October 17th.

“This last Sunday, Sunline Transit Agency moved over to ‘Service Level 2.' What that means is that our local routes are operating on a weekend schedule,” said Nicholas Robles, Chief of Public Affairs, SunLine Transit Agency. 

Sunline further explained riders should simply look at the weekend schedule — that will now apply seven days a week. The exceptions are Route 5, the 10 Commuter Link and school trippers — those will not be impacted. 

One of the easiest ways riders can see how their route will be impacted is by downloading SunLine’s mobile app. They can do so by searching “MyStop” in the app store on their device. 

“The app lets people track their bus, they can sign up for text notifications to know when the bus is coming...when there’s a delay,” said Robles. 

The app will also show you how many people are on a bus, if you’d prefer to wait for an uncrowded bus due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Those without a smartphone can also get this info by visiting Sunline’s website. 

SunLine says, like many bus companies nationwide, they’re experiencing a shortage of drivers. As a result, they are looking to hire more operators as soon as possible. 

Robles says you don’t need prior driving experience and they offer job training. Training takes about 3-4 months. Operators start with in-classroom training followed by lessons in a SunLine bus simulator. The simulator allows operators to practice their driving in different challenging scenarios. 

SunLine added that operators are paid for their time spent training. 

“As long as you have a positive attitude and friendly-demeanor, we can train you,” said Robles. 

Sunline says they are hoping to resume ‘Level 1 Service’ down the road when staffing permits. 

Those interested in applying should CLICK HERE

To learn more about what each level of service means for the Coachella Valley CLICK HERE. 

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Madison Weil

Madison Weil joined the KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 News Team in June 2018. Learn more about Madison here.

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