Class Is Part of a Push to Rebuild Front Line Workforce in Aftermath of Pandemic-Induced Hiring Freeze Last Year
New Employees Join Hundreds of Bus Operators and Train Operators and Conductors Who Completed Training in 2021 and 2022
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that 66 newly trained bus operators graduated following their successful completion of training at the Zerega Training Center in Castle Hill in the Bronx. These operators will help New York City Transit (NYCT) tackle crew shortage challenges and bolster the frequency of bus service. This marked the formal end of six weeks of intensive training that began in January 2022.
Graduation took place as New York City Transit Bus and MTA Bus Company combined ridership hovers between 50 and 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
“This new group of bus operators will help provide faster and more reliable service to the New Yorkers who depend on buses to move them around the city,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “We are focused on increasing class sizes and improving recruiting to get back to pre-pandemic staffing levels."
“As bus ridership continues to grow towards pre-pandemic levels, so do the number of operators providing service,” said MTA Bus Company Acting President and New York City Transit Department of Buses Senior Vice President Frank Annicaro. “Our bus operators are here for New Yorkers traveling to work and school, and I am excited to welcome this new group to our team.”
The new employees join the 479 bus operators, 425 train operators and 341 conductors who recently completed their training, and the hundreds of NYCT workers who are expected to be onboarded in the months ahead — part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly grow the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors. A hiring freeze, necessitated by a fiscal crisis that developed during the pandemic, depleted the ranks of bus operators with many veteran workers retiring or leaving their frontline posts.