Pasco County cuts bus service due to driver shortage

Starting next week, Pasco County public transportation will change or suspend bus services on multiple routes due to a 25% drop in driver numbers.

The specific routes that will see changes are the 20, 21, 23 and 54, according to department director Kurt Scheible. The specific changes can be found here.

“We had to make these changes so the customer would know that if we say a bus will be there on time, then the bus is there, so they can plan their trips accurately,” Scheible said.

The county hopes to fill the positions as soon as possible so that all bus lines can operate normally. For those applying, the county can help with all aspects of the training, so you do not need to obtain a special “Class B” license first.

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“We have a program in place that I could take anyone like you with no previous bus driving experience and train you to the point that you can drive the bus and do your tests so you’re going to be in. able to get a Florida license, a Class B with all the required endorsements, to be a bus driver, ”Scheible said.

For more information on how to apply, visit this site.

Melvin Z. Madore