San Antonio – The union on behalf of VIA Metropolitan Transit bus operators and conservatives says more and more members are calling for illness because of COVID-19. Transportation hopes that the outbreak of Omicron variants does not mean a major service change.
“It’s us, the operators who are still working here, and the maintenance employees who are still working and not infected with the virus, which means they have to work overtime for extra time.” Said. Juan Amaya, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 694.
According to Amaya, COVID-19 cases and quarantine were slowly delayed before the New Year, but things have changed recently. He blames the Omicron variant.
VIA has already addressed the staff shortage caused by the pandemic and adjusted service levels in the fall to better match staff and demand.
“We are continuously tracking local conditions and assessing staffing to make the necessary adjustments to maintain safe service,” a spokesman said in a statement to KSAT12. increase. Changes that may be needed in the future are temporary and designed to minimize the impact on the rider. “
Some of the previously planned service changes will take effect on Monday.
Amaya said everyone is working on the latest COVID-19 surge and is advising members and the community to have patience.
“I want to make sure that operators and maintenance personnel are ready to serve, but I’m also worried about the community and can’t move them,” he said. “So I also ask the community to wear masks. Respect the operators. They are trying to do their job and moving them around the city.”
Amaya said drivers need to be vaccinated or tested weekly. He said the majority of drivers were vaccinated.
The agency continues to offer free rides to the COVID-19 vaccine site. This includes a pop-up test and vaccine clinic hosted by the SAMLK Committee and Metro Health on January 17th, announced after the cancellation of the annual MLK March. It will be held at Pitman Sullivan Park from 10 am to 3 pm.
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VIA is working to avoid service changes due to increased cases of COVID-19 among drivers
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