Cascades East Transit to resume weekday bus schedule as more bus drivers board

From September 7, “especially because school is about to start, some people are going back to work”

BEND, Ore (KTVZ) – Like many companies, Cascades East had to change their schedule to allow more flexibility for their workers and ensure they could meet customer demands. But now, with the school about to resume and more drivers on board, the normal weekday schedule is back.

CET Director of Transportation Andrea Breault said on Monday they were lucky things were getting better.

Initially, CET had to switch to its less frequent Saturday schedule due to a shortage of drivers in early summer. Now, with more staff, it has returned to the reception of bus passengers from Monday to Friday.

Breault said the transition, scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, is possible for several reasons.

“Particularly because school is about to start, some people are going back to work,” Breault said. “We will also recover some of our driver staff from our summer recreational services. We also did a lot of recruiting over the summer to get more drivers to work for Cascades East Transit.

Breault said that while things are improving, they are still in the hiring phase and they hope to revamp the driver training program, which will cover the cost for a person to receive their commercial driver’s license after working for the driver. agency for more than six months.

I asked Breault how the initial Saturday schedule change impacted bus riders, and she said the change turned out to be a success.

“We worked with our Bend Dial-A-Ride system, which is our curb-to-curb service, to make sure that for those who use the regional system, we can get them back home in the evening, if they missed their fixed route transfer from Bend. ”

“We actually parked a vehicle here after 5pm, and anyone who couldn’t drive back, we would drive them to their home here in the town of Bend,” Breaulet said.

She also said the change to the Saturday schedule only required eight drivers, half of the 16 drivers typical of weekday schedules. Right now, five to six new riders are on board for the Fixed Route System and Dial-A-Ride on the Bend side.

The special summer route between La Pine and Sunriver ends Monday for the season. This is the second summer that the free shuttle has been offered and Breault says ridership has doubled. The shuttle has grown in popularity with the La Pine Seniors Center and people who live in La-Pine but work in Sunriver.

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