Columbia Public Works officials say staff is currently in discussions with Moberly Area Community College (MACC) in efforts to alleviate the bus driver shortage.
Public Works delivered a three-page report to the council at Monday night’s meeting, saying GoCOMO’s bus system continues to have a shortage of 11 full-time drivers. They plan to combine the current six fixed bus routes to three, due to the staffing shortage.
The discussions with MACC involve a class offering for potential drivers to earn a CDL and necessary licensing endorsements for driving a bus.
GoCOMo also says Columbia spokeswoman Sydney Olsen has developed a communications plan about the combined routes, which will start in August. The communications plan includes signage inside the buses, fliers and releases to the news media.