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RTD service being interrupted by COVID surge

RTD said 77 COVID-19 cases reported among staff since Dec. 15 are adding to existing shortages.

DENVER — The Regional Transportation District (RTD) said a recent spike in COVID-19 cases among employees and existing staff shortages are causing service interruptions.

RTD reports 77 employees tested positive for COVID between Dec. 15 and Jan 5. Cases were reported in all facilities and operating divisions.

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General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson said the operations team is working to cover open shifts.

“We are doing our best to maintain service within our existing resource constraints,” Johnson said. “While RTD’s Operations team is working as creatively as possible in its approach to covering open shifts, our ‘people power’ is being severely affected by the prevalence of the omicron coronavirus variant."

The issue is compounded by existing vacancies among frontline positions including bus and rail operators, technicians and mechanics, RTD said.

Customers can get the latest updates and sign up for alerts on RTD's Service Alerts page.

RTD is offering $4,000 hiring bonus for certain positions, and the latest job openings can be found on their website.

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