50 CTtransit bus drivers call out sick Monday, another 10 on Tuesday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — More than 50 CTtransit bus drivers called out of work on Monday, which left management scrambling to fill shifts. Drivers called out sick again on Tuesday.

It caused some major delays for bus riders. General Manager Cole Pouliot said they started calling in people to work and even had supervisors behind the wheel to try and get commuters to where they needed to go. He said they get sick calls all the time, but it’s rare to have this many.

“It certainly caused some delays, some canceled service as well. It was certainly an interruption to our customers that we did not want to have happened.”

Is it related to COVID cases?

“As far as we can tell, no. Very few people said that they even think this could be related to COVID. You know, they called out sick. We take our employees at their word that they’re sick and that’s why they’re calling out. We did have a spike in COVID a few weeks ago, but that has calmed down and gone away.”

He said they do not believe the union was behind this move, adding that they were hoping to have normal service Tuesday.

However, the bus system said it is anticipating some routes will not operate Tuesday and recommends riders check their website for the latest bus routes.

“We are seeing far less call-offs today than yesterday, however, we anticipate we will still need to cut some trips,” Pouliot told News 8 on Tuesday. “We are not expecting anything like yesterday’s service interruption. We currently have a number of people out on mid-long term absences so sick call-offs are more challenging to cover than normal.”

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