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Westmoreland Transit cancels more bus routes due to driver shortage

Rich Cholodofsky
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Westmoreland County Transit Authority Executive Director Alan Blahovec and board Chairman Frank Tosto inspect one of five new buses purchased in 2018.

More route cancellations and changes to Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus service were instituted Friday as the driver shortages continued to plague the public transportation system.

The authority announced the 4:15 p.m. bus — one of eight outbound trips from Pittsburgh on the 1F Route that operates through North Huntingdon to Greensburg — was canceled Friday. As of noon, other trips on that route, which start at 3:40 p.m. and run until 5:40 p.m., were still scheduled.

Meanwhile, the 2:15 p.m. run of the Route 6 bus between Greensburg and Irwin and the 4:15 run of Route 9 that services Greensburg and Latrobe, will operate with smaller GO Westmoreland vehicles.

The authority for the last week has juggled its daily schedule because of a shortage of drivers for its fixed-route bus service.

National Express Transit, the private operator of the authority’s buses, said this week it has been unable to hire enough drivers to fully staff the service. Drivers who missed work — there were 10 on Thursday — has further impacted the service, officials said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or [email protected]