Severe staffing shortage impacting drivers, riders

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Further changes to Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) routes are set to begin Monday, October 25, resulting in reduced bus frequency and suspension of select services. CATA said the changes are due to an unprecedented, severe staffing shortage.

CATA said they currently have 85 drivers and are looking to hire about 20 more. The shortage has taken a toll, according to CATA employees.

“It has caused unbelievable working conditions, bad working conditions,” said one employee.

They said it’s affecting customer service for riders.

“These folks are waiting an hour