PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of the largest schools in our region is looking for a solution to an important problem.
The Pittsburgh Public School District is facing a bus driver shortage and this could mean thousands of students cannot drive to school.
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According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the district has come up with some ideas to help solve the problem.
They suggest widening the walking areas around schools, getting more students on Port Authority buses, and adding a multi-tier bus schedule to adjust start and end times at some schools.
At the moment, the district lacks more than 9,000 bus seats for students when they return to face-to-face lessons in the fall.
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Just a few months ago, the KDKA reported on the problems the district had with the shortage of bus seats when some students returned to face-to-face lessons in the spring.
With COVID-19 there was a shortage of bus drivers. However, district officials say the shortage existed before the pandemic started, but the pandemic only made it worse.
Pittsburgh Public is not alone.
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The bus driver shortage has also occurred in other districts in the region.