Labor shortage prompts Yolobus to pull back on route expansion plan

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Labor shortages continue to make a significant impact on life in Yolo County.

Businesses and restaurants have had to limit their days and hours of operation due to a lack of workers; Healthy Yolo Together is struggling to keep up with testing demand and urging residents to apply for tester positions; and the Winters Joint Unified School District continues to advertise for everything from a Special Education and Student Services Director to custodians and substitute teachers.

Now add the Yolo County Transportation District to the list.

For weeks now, the transportation district has been promoting its plan to increase the frequency of a popular Yolobus route used by many residents who commute to work in Sacramento. Route 42 connects the cities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento and Sacramento and is the longest running bus route to the Sacramento International Airport.

The plan, approved by the YCTD board of directors back in the spring, was to increase the frequency of the route from every hour to every half hour during peak morning and evening commute times.

But last Friday, the district announced the planned expansion of Yolobus Route 42 bus service has been indefinitely postponed due to a shortage of drivers.

“There will be no route or schedule changes to Route 42 until further notice,” the district announced in a press release. “Customers and interested parties are directed to www.goyolobus.com for additional details on the delayed changes and for future service change information.”

Expanded Route 42 bus service was supposed to take effect on Sunday, but “the current operating and economic environment have impacted YCTD’s ability to reliably expand service,” the press release said. “YCTD is adapting and moving as nimbly as possible to ensure as many of its customers’ transportation and mobility needs are met.”

The transportation district also said additional service changes “may be needed in order to adapt to future operating conditions and changes in available staffing and resources.”

YCTD administers public transit services throughout the county with bus routes serving Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland, downtown Sacramento, the Sacramento airport, Cache Creek Casino Resort, Espart, Madison, Dunnigan, Yolo and Knights Landing.

More information is available at www.yolobus.com or by calling 530-666-2877 or emailing custserv@yctd.org

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