Mass transit companies, together with Centro in central New York, aren’t immune from the labor scarcity affecting many industries.
Steven Koegel, Centro’s vp of communications and enterprise planning, advised The Citizen Wednesday that they’ve 30 fewer bus drivers than that they had two years in the past earlier than the pandemic. The scarcity has precipitated some missed journeys, primarily in Syracuse.
Centro gives bus service in Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.
“It is one thing that has been a problem for us on a day-to-day foundation,” Koegel mentioned. “Proper now, we’re OK. However making an attempt to tug off one thing just like the state truthful proper now is a large problem.”
Koegel referred to Centro’s announcement about its Park-N-Trip service throughout the New York State Truthful. When the truthful was final held in 2019, the company provided a number of Park-N-Trip areas — together with three in Cayuga County — the place fairgoers might park at lots and pay a small price to experience a shuttle to the state fairgrounds.
Nonetheless, due to the driving force scarcity, Centro’s Park-N-Ride service will likely be accessible at solely three areas this 12 months: Its transportation hub in downtown Syracuse, Future USA and Lengthy Department Park within the city of Geddes.