MTA welcomes 90 newly graduated bus operators to the force

A total of 90 newly trained bus operators will join the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workforce.

Operators graduated after successfully completing their training at the Zerega Training Center in Castle Hill, Bronx.

These operators will help New York City Transit (NYCT) deal with recent crew shortage issues and boost the frequency of bus service. This marked the official end of six weeks of intensive training which began in November. The graduation took place as combined NYCT Bus and MTA Bus Company ridership hovers between 60 and 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

“More bus operators mean more service for New Yorkers at a time when riders are returning to the transit system,” said Craig Cipriano, acting president of NYCT. “By improving our recruiting efforts and accelerating the training process, we are able to address the staffing shortages that began during the pandemic.”

“Passengers can expect top-notch bus service supported by this new group of bus operators,” added Frank Annicaro, interim president of the MTA Bus Company and senior vice president of the Department of Transportation. NYCT buses. “Our team is committed to doing their part to help bring New York back.”

The new employees join the 265 bus operators who recently completed their training and the hundreds of NYCT workers who are expected to be onboarded in the coming months – part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly increase the number of bus operators, subway operators and train drivers.

A hiring freeze – necessitated by a financial crisis that has developed during the pandemic – has depleted the ranks of bus operators, with many veterans retiring or leaving their frontline positions.

Melvin Z. Madore