Bangor buses halt Saturday service due to driver shortages

The City of Bangor has announced that the Community Connector will temporarily discontinue Saturday service, until further notice starting Saturday, June 18e.

This is due to an ongoing shortage of drivers and will affect both Fixed Routes and ADA Paratransit service.

At the moment it will only be for Saturday and again it is temporary.

At the same time, the Community Connector is actively recruiting drivers. Prospective candidates can get more information about job opportunities on their site here.

The city recognizes that the decision to temporarily discontinue service on Saturdays will be an inconvenience to those who depend on this transportation.

Friday, May 27ethe city released this statement from Deputy City Manager Courtney O’Donnell

We understand that this change to bus service will have a negative impact on some passengers and want everyone to know that we did not make this decision lightly. We are taking active steps to ensure the change is temporary and hope this notice will give passengers sufficient time to make alternative arrangements.

Saturday service is the lowest volume of any day of the week. This temporary change will allow current drivers to provide the best service from Monday to Friday.

City officials have determined that this service interruption is operationally necessary and believe this approach is the best option currently available.

This will prevent a neighborhood or community from being negatively impacted by picking and choosing weekday cuts in some neighborhoods and not others.

Hopefully this will be short-lived, and again, if you have the desire and qualifications to be a bus driver, you may be able to help solve the problem.

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