Bus driver shortage forces Massachusetts to call in the National Guard
A shortage of school bus drivers has forced the state of Massachusetts to call in the National Guard.
Ninety troops are currently being trained for service in the areas of Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn, Gov. Charlie Baker said. The state could eventually come to rely on 250 Guard members.
Massachusetts isn’t the only state dealing with a bus driver shortage. The problem exists nationwide. Half of student transportation coordinators described the shortage as either "severe" or "desperate” in an NPR survey. Another survey by rideshare company HopSkipDrive revealed 80% of school districts are struggling with a lack of drivers.
The pandemic has driven labor shortages across multiple industries. The school transportation sector was disproportionately affected due to the late median age of bus drivers.