Columbia’s city council has approved a bill aimed at hiring bus drivers specifically for paratransit service. It’s also aimed at alleviating Columbia’s bus driver shortage.
While the city continues to see a growing need for paratransit service, the city is now down 11 full-time and seven part-time drivers. That’s 40 percent of their operator staff.
The bill approved by council aims to fill six full-time GoCOMO Transit bus driver positions with the full-time paratransit van driver position. Columbia Public Works says its transit drivers have been working 12 hours of mandatory overtime per week since August, with no anticipated relief in sight.