Buffalo school officials ask parents for patience amid bus driver shortage

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Buffalo school officials are asking families for patience in solving a driver shortage that has led to students getting home late and has generated a ton of complaints from parents.

Buffalo Public School transportation officials met with managers from the First Student bus company to figure out how to get more drivers behind the wheel, and keep those that they have.

School and bus officials point out there is a national shortage of school bus drivers, mostly affecting large city school districts. 

The shortage has forced Buffalo school bus drivers to have to double up on routes, causing delays, and a lot of pain and confusion for parents.

Based on the number of complaints from parents, once their kids climb on the bus, they have no idea how soon they will be getting home. They could be late, in some cases, hours late.

Buffalo Public Schools have ramped up their recruiting efforts with First Student Transportation. They say they now have 95 drivers in training.

About a third of them should be ready to take the wheel by the end of November.

Nov. 14 is the target date, and there are plans to add more drivers each week until all the trainees are on staff.

In years past, First Student had been able to bring in drivers from out-of-town to fill the gaps, but with a national shortage of drivers, that has not been an option this year.

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