PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of our area’s largest schools is looking for a solution to a major issue.
Pittsburgh Public School District is facing a bus driver shortage, and it could mean thousands of students not having a ride to school.READ MORE: South Side Man Accused Of Beating His Mother To Death
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the district has come up with a few ideas to solve the problem.
They’re proposing to increase walk zones around the schools, move more students to Port Authority buses, and adding a multi-tiered bus schedule to adjust start and end times at some schools.
Right now, the district is short over 9,000 bus seats for students when they return to in-person classes in the Fall.READ MORE: Spirit Airlines Issues Continue At Pittsburgh International Airport And Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
It was just a few months ago, KDKA reported the struggles the district had with a lack of bus seats when some students returned to in-person instruction in the Spring.
With COVID-19, there was a bus driver shortage. However, district officials say the shortage was already in place before the pandemic began, but the pandemic only made it worse.
Pittsburgh Public is not alone.MORE NEWS: Longtime AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Has Died, Sen. Chuck Schumer Says
The bus driver shortage is something other districts in the area have faced as well.