The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that 45 trained bus operators have graduated after successfully completing training at the Zerga Training Center in Castle Hill in the Bronx, according to a press release.
These operators will help New York City Transit (NYCT) address the challenges of staff shortages and improve the frequency of bus service. It marked the official end of six weeks of training.
The end came when the combined number of passengers of the New York City bus and bus company MTA approached 70% of pre-plague levels in recent days.
“Every day our goal is to provide thousands of scheduled trips to New York City residents that depend on buses to get them where they need to go,” said Craig Cipriano, interim president of New York City Transit. “By increasing class size, we will be able to move more operators into the system faster to help us ensure that buses run as efficiently as possible.”
The new workers join the 129 bus operators and 56 subway carriers who have recently completed their training, and the hundreds of NYCT workers who are expected to board the plane in the coming months.
“Our riders deserve reliable service, and these operators will help address the manpower challenges we have experienced,” said Frank Anikro, vice president at bus company MTA. “I want to thank these new bus operators for helping provide service and joining our team that is committed to doing its part to help bring back New York City.”
The MTA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are offering free travel on the Q70 Select Bus Service (SBS) LaGuardia Link until Sunday, November 28th. The Q70 SBS connects the subway and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) lines to LaGuardia B, C and D terminals, providing worry-free travel with limited stops with services for passengers intended for passengers. Stations for the Q70 SBS LaGuardia Link are clearly marked outside the LIRR Woodside / 61 St-Woodside subway station and the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av / 74 St-Broadway subway complex.
Customers arriving at LaGuardia B, C and D terminals can identify LaGuardia Link buses using their blue exterior design and SBS signage. Customers are asked to allow extra time due to ongoing construction near La Guardia Airport and increased holiday traffic.