Umpqua Transit cuts routes due to driver shortage

Staff said four full-time drivers have called out sick.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 5:16 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.-- Umpqua Transit will be cutting some of their routes starting Friday, March 27.

Staff said four full-time drivers have called out sick. They said they do not have enough back-up drivers to cover those routes.

There will be six affected routes, including ones that go as far as Sutherlin and Canyonville.

Staff said they understand this will impact those who rely on public transportation, but they’re hoping it won’t be too severe because of Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order.

“What we’re seeing right now is our ridership has dramatically dropped,” said Cheryl Chase, the general manager for Umpqua Transit. “But the people who are riding have a purpose for their trip.”

Chase said Lifeline routes will also stop running until they have drivers available. Umpqua Transit's Lifeline service provides minimal transportation for smaller communities not covered by the main routes.

For more information on the changes, click here.

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