At the Summit Stage offices in Summit County, Director Jim Andrew’s busy upcoming winter has already hit a staffing speed bump.
Like many businesses in resort towns, the Summit Stage and their free bus service is struggling to find employees who can afford to live and work in Summit County.
This has left them with a bus driver shortage heading into the busy winter season.
“It’s a very tight labor market we find ourselves in, and you combine that with the housing shortage," Andrew said. "We have 53 drivers on staff and to operate the winter service, we need 63. So we are 10 short."
That could mean cutting back on some bus lines this winter with service running a little less, mostly in the middle of the day.
It’s a shortage just about every transportation operator in Summit County, from Breckenridge to Keystone, is dealing with.
“Between us, there are about 40 positions going unfilled right now," Andrew said.
The empty jobs are one reason the starting wage for drivers has gone from $16 an hour to $18.50. Also, the bonuses.
“Drivers can earn another $1,500 to $2,000 a year through the bonus,” Andrew said.
With incentives like these, Andrew hopes to get more drivers behind the wheel so they can keep moving people all winter long.
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