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The RTC has withdrawn plans to reduce service

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 5:52 PM PDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:45 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE OCT. 15 An RTC plan to reduce service due to a shortage of employees has been shelved.

The RTC Board was supposed to consider the proposal at its scheduled meeting on Friday, October 15, 2021, but the Board instead announced that the subject had been wthdrawn.

RTC representative Lauren Ball tells KOLO 8, “The RTC is listening to our passengers and decided to pull the public hearing regarding proposed transit service changes from Friday’s RTC Board meeting agenda. We are sensitive to how these changes might affect our riders and RTC is not moving forward with the proposal to reduce service on RIDE, ACCESS or FlexRIDE at this time.”

Union drivers are currently on strike against the RTC’s contractor, Keolis. While the strike certainly does not help the driver shortage, it is not the cause. Companies from all industries have struggled to hire new employees. Keolis and the RTC say they have been covering routes with overtime, but that cannot continue indefinitely.

“Unfortunately we’re not immune from that here at the RTC,” says spokesperson Lauren Ball. “So our contractors for RIDE and ACCESS and FlexRIDE services are not able to find those people to staff the buses.”

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