As with many other lines of work, there is a severe shortage of bus drivers across the country. The City of Corvallis has been unable to fill all of its driver positions for the Corvallis Transit System.
Competition has been fierce among chauffeuring companies, and MTR Western, the company which has the contract for CTS, has now lost two more drivers to competing outfits.
If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), you are in high demand. MTR Western is trying to find more drivers, but for now, there will be a reduction in service, beginning November 1.
The plan is to not reduce daytime service by so much that any bus will ever be forced to refuse passengers because it is full to capacity. Night Owl service, which previously ran from 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. will now end at 11:45 p.m., since the very late-night buses carried the fewest passengers.
If you are a student and need a way to get around town after midnight, Oregon State University has provided a list of possible options.