FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Bus driver Joe Medley has been driving for Citilink for 3 ½ years.
“I enjoy the people, I enjoy the company,” he said.
On Friday, the Fort Wayne public transportation company announced it will be reducing services from Monday, July 26 through Aug. 14 because of a driver shortage.
This will affect bus route 4, which is the Wells/Ludwig and Parkview Randallia line.
Buses will run every hour on the line instead of every half hour like they normally do.
Medley says the shortage has created more opportunities for overtime.
“To get everything covered, everybody’s kind of got to do their part,” he said.
Rides on Citilink buses are free through November to increase ridership, and the shortage won’t impact the company financially for now.
Marketing Manager Kylee Wagner says that could potentially change.
“If we have to continue cutting down service, then that may affect us,” she said.
Wagner says Citilink is currently accepting applications for drivers and mechanics.
“If we still aren’t seeing any increase with drivers, we may have to reduce service even further,” Wagner added.
Citilink says driver applicants should have a good driving record, a CDL license and be able to pass a background check.
“It’s definitely a career job if they’re looking for something long-term to set them up for life,” Medley said.
“We have so many employees that have stayed with us for 20, 30, 40 years and they’re still here,” Wagner said.
That’s what Medley said he plans to do.
“I’m never gonna leave,” he said. “I’ll leave when I retire.”