How the lack of drivers affects RTD's bus runs

In September, RTD was forced to cancel nearly as many bus runs as it did in all of 2015.

NEXT WITH KYLE CLARK - In September, the Regional Transportation District was forced to cancel nearly as many bus runs as it did in all of 2015.     

That's 811 runs that didn't happen because RTD is short-staffed by 11 percent.   

RTD makes up the majority of the deficit through forced overtime, which costs more than $10 million so far in 2017. 

This number already surpassed last year's $9.2 million in overtime, and there's still more than a month left this year.  

It's also not always convenient for the drivers they're desperately trying to keep.     

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RTD said there are two reasons for more spending in 2017:

  • Higher wages for drives
  • More routes, which means there are more drivers on staff than ever before-- even with the shortage

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Despite the shortage, RTD is on track to miss about 1 percent of its bus runs for the year. 

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