LAFAYETTE – LPSS is working with Lafayette Transit System to deal with the loss of bus drivers.
Students at Lafayette high and Northside High are able to use LTS public buses for free even if they live outside of certain zones.
The program was initiated at LHS in may to see if it would work.
“We, along with the school system, thought it was more advantageous for us to kind of like ear mark them, identify them, in order to provide this service and just to see how it could be utilized in the future,” explains Mike Mitchell the LTS transit and parking manager.
So far the program has worked, thanks in part to the collaborative efforts from the Acadiana Planning Commission
Rachel Godeaux of the Acadiana Planning Commission says, “Governmental entities struggle with driver needs, they struggle with the cost of operation and so our role in that was determining, just to asses the needs and see how we can collaborate a little better as different organizations coming to the table.
“It’s two different government entities,” adds Mitchell, “But as a parish and as a community, we benefit from everybody being able to assist one another.”
While LPSS currently seeks out fifteen new bus drivers, one current driver thinks people quitting has more to do with the difficulty of the job than anything else.
“You’re driving a vehicle that’s about 40 feet long and especially with traffic, just that by itself makes a lot of people nervous. I guess it would by why doesen’t everybody want to drive an 18-wheeler, says Danny Hollier, who has been an LPSS bus driver since 2009.
However, the pay, hours, and chance to serve the community still make the job desirable.
Hollier, who also serves as a Scott City Councilman adds, “If you really look at it objectively, it’s a fantastic job.”