Multiple trips canceled due to driver shortage in Kelowna’s regional transit system – Kelowna News

The driver shortage continues

An ongoing shortage of drivers continues to plague Kelowna’s regional transportation system.

As unionized workers returned to work on Thursday after a day-long strike, not all buses ran.

A number of routes were canceled on Thursday and again on Friday morning due to driver shortages.

During the month-long industrial action, drivers refused to collect fares or work overtime.

Al Peressini, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722, said everything in that regard is back to normal, meaning there is no longer a ban on overtime.

“Today with a few reservations and such, they weren’t able to fill some of the tracks this morning. They’re working to try to fill those tracks for the day,” Peressini said.

“It’s going to vary from day to day. They’re training people right now and I think the next course will come out in two or three weeks, but everything will vary from day to day.

“I hope it will get better.”

Peressini says the system currently lacks about 15 drivers.

Transit workers walked off the job on Wednesday in support of contract demands, but returned to work yesterday after the operator, First Transit, accepted a union demand for binding arbitration.

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