The biggest cuts will affect the bus connection to Horní Počernice.
Passengers in Prague and the surrounding area can expect further reductions in bus connections in the Prague Integrated Transport (PID) system tomorrow. Transport organizer Ropid announced this evening that over 130 services will not be running tomorrow. These are the lines of the carriers Arriva City and ČSAD Central Bohemia. The reason is the lack of drivers.
Ropid published the cuts in the timetable on its website. These are specifically lines 155, 163, 166, 204, 208, 223, 224, 228, 346, 377. The biggest cuts will affect line 223 between Černý Most and Horní Počernice, where there will be a minimum number of connections throughout the day. The line is operated by Arriva City.
Already last week, dozens of connections were canceled due to a lack of drivers for both carriers. “According to information from carriers, the situation should at least partially stabilize from 5.9.” said Ropid spokesman Filip Drápal last week. Eventually she got worse.
“Due to the poor situation on the labor market and higher morbidity, we are missing five drivers. During today, our ranks are to be strengthened by more drivers, but we have to train them on the routes they will drive and teach them how to check in passengers.” said Arrival spokesman Jan Holub last week.
Most carriers are facing a shortage of drivers. “Despite salaries, which have been increasing annually and regularly in recent years, and which we will now increase further, due to the exhausted labor market, we have not been able to attract new applicants to the steering wheel for a long time. We will pay the driving school for them. The closed Ukrainian borders also have their share in this,” Holub pointed out.
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