WQOW-TV: Bus Companies Get Creative to Make up for Ongoing School Bus Driver Shortage

Bus Companies Get Creative to Make up for Ongoing School Bus Driver Shortage
August 31, 2022

School districts across the country are still dealing with a bus driver shortage that ballooned during the return to school last year. However, bus companies and school districts are getting creative to solve the problem.


CEO of the American Bus Association Peter Pantuso says the reason it got so much worse after the pandemic began has to do with the age of the drivers and the job market when schools were shut down.

"Many of them aged out after being home a year or more," Pantuso said. "They said, you know what, it's time to retire, it's time to get out of the business. And then you had other bus drivers who needed to make a living. They needed to feed their family. And so they found other jobs, many of them went into trucking."

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About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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