Potential School Bus Delays
September 8, 2022
As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, we wanted to update you on the yellow bus service in our Division. While most of our bus routes have a regular driver assigned to the route and run without disruption, our contracted carriers are again experiencing a driver shortage. Therefore, some of our families are facing significant and unacceptable delays.
Before the start of the new school year, we were assured our contracted carriers would have the capacity to provide service to our more than 11,000 students who take the bus daily. We frequently communicate with the carriers and have been told they are actively recruiting and training new drivers, understanding that it takes approximately four to five weeks to train and test a new driver.
Edmonton Catholic Schools has taken several steps to stabilize busing for our families, including:
- Helping carriers advertise for new drivers
- Reviewing existing routes to ensure efficiency and reduce ride times
- Consolidating routes to mitigate driver shortage risks
- Shifting routes to carriers with additional driver capacity
- Pairing schools to minimize the overall number of routes in the system
While we are pleased to report that the number of delayed routes is decreasing compared to last year, we will continue to work diligently to ensure we provide the safest and most efficient transportation for your children.
Update your BusPlanner Delays App
Our notification system will notify families as soon as possible of any delays. Please ensure you have downloaded and updated the BusPlanner Delays App with this year’s bus routes. A step-to-step guide can be found on our website. It’s important to know that there is now a route for AM, PM, and Thursdays. Families will only receive notifications for the routes they select.
You can also view delays live on the BusPlanner Delay Board.
Thank you for your patience as we work with our carriers to ensure routes operate as scheduled.