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TBTA’s Dial-A-Ride offers alternative to school bus driver shortage

ALPENA, Mich. – A shortage in school bus drivers has affected student routes throughout the country – including Alpena and its surrounding areas.

Districts like APS have had to adjust routes due to needing drivers.

However, one local business wants parents know there is another alternative.

Thunder Bay Transportation Authority’s Dial – A – Ride is just one phone call away.

The organization said if kids need an alternative ride , the door–to door, on demand service can help.

“Dial – A– Ride is our public transportation system offering rides to residents in the City of Alpena and just outside the city,” said Interim General Manager Angie Dubie.

“If you know you want your child to ride, Monday through Friday for the whole school year, you can make that call and we can set it up that way,” said TBTA Transportation Coordinator Mel Cammack.

WBKB also spoke with Alpena School’s Transportation Department.

Staff there said they are still hiring and can start new drivers at $13.45 an hour.

For information for Dial-A-Ride, you can visit their website here.

For job information with Alpena Public School’s you can visit their website or Facebook page.