“Even as some of its vehicles fill with passengers for the first time in more than a year, the Regional Transportation District does not plan to bring back a significant amount of service anytime soon.
One big reason is a familiar one for many businesses and services returning from COVID-19 slumps: The Denver-area transit agency does not have enough bus drivers and train operators.
“September was a substantial increase for us,” Jessie Carter, RTD’s manager of service planning and scheduling, said of a 6% service increase the agency made earlier this month. “And it is challenging our current headcount.”
With this month’s change, RTD is now offering about 70 percent of its pre-pandemic service levels. The next proposed change, in January 2022, is modest. Ridership is about 1.25 million passengers a week, roughly half its pre-pandemic levels.”
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Minor, Nathaniel. Channel 9 News 23 September 2021.