First Transit, the Ohio firm that operates the CobbLinc transit system, has been working “to compensate for missed routes,” spokesman Jay Brock said in an emailed statement.
First Transit does not know what caused the shortage or the number of routes or passengers affected by it, he said. Officials also said they had no advanced notice there would be a shortage.
“We regret that our customers experienced disruptions to their schedules due to the unexpected shortage of bus operators today,” CobbLinc Director Andrea Foard said. “We remain committed to providing quality, timely, and safe service to our customers and endeavor to assure similar disruptions do not occur in the future.”
Despite rumors of a silent protest, retired bus driver and union representative Ken Howell said it's likely an illness that led to dozens of call outs. The union is in the middle of a dispute with CobbLinc over bonuses, but Howell said the dispute is in mediation.
Buses are expected to run on a Saturday schedule Tuesday with the exception of Paratransit and Express Bus routes, Cavitt said.
Riders are asked to call 770-427-4444 or check the CobbLinc BusTime app and the CobbLinc website for route updates.
— Staff writer Meris Lutz contributed to this article.