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Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Working to Address Bus Driver Shortage

Transit officials are closing the Vista Point parking lots to car traffic over the weekend to help keep things moving on Interstate 101.

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    A driver shortage and sicks calls are forcing the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District to make unexpected bus cancellations. Jean Elle reports. (Published Thursday, March 24, 2016)

    A driver shortage and sicks calls are forcing the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District to make unexpected bus cancellations.

    The district has wrote a letter apologizing to riders, who have been left frustrated from no shows. The driver troubles come as the bridge district is encouraging people to take the bus if they plan to visit the iconic span over Easter weekend.

    Transit officials are closing the Vista Point parking lots to car traffic over the weekend to help keep things moving on Interstate 101.

    Riders said having enough bus drivers to get behind the wheel would help keep things moving too.

    District General Manager Denis Mulligan said they are working to address the issue.

    "We're hiring drivers, working with the union on a mentoring program and working to get injured drivers back at work sooner," Mulligan said.

    Mulligan said it takes several weeks to train drivers and hopes to resolve the staffing issue by June.

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