[Ed. – This comes as the extra federal unemployment payouts are set to end, so there may be some relief in the next couple of months. That said, the recruiting problem for bus drivers is probably also driven in part by vaccination and testing requirements. Public transit drivers get full-time benefits, including health insurance and pension contributions, and of course union representation, for their pains. School bus drivers, not so much.]
The Massachusetts National Guard has been activated to help with the state’s shortage of school bus drivers. Up to 250 members will be available to cities and towns, the state announced Monday.
They will be able to drive school transport vans, known as 7D vehicles. …
According to the governor, there were already members with commercial driver’s licenses for professional or Guard-related reasons.
“There are a bunch of communities who have said they’re interested in this and we’re glad to be able to help because it’s important,” Baker said.