Bus delays possible during 2022-23 start up
Hamilton-Wentworth Student Transportation Services (HWSTS) expects bus delays this fall to be better than some past years but still faces a sector-wide driver shortage.
Students should prepare for delays, as drivers get used to their new routes. Transportation planners and operators are working hard to minimize delays and impacts on students.
As the first day of school approaches, HWSTS reports that operators are 25 drivers short, but that this number does not include coverage by occasional or spare drivers. The number is subject to change.
HWSTS operates a large system including 29,442 eligible riders and 473 routes across Hamilton’s English public and Catholic school boards.
School transportation has faced large-scale recruitment and retention challenges for years.
Optimizing bell times helped the local busing consortium save 29 routes, reducing open routes and delays.
HWDSB, HWSTS and operators thank students and families for their patience as we start a new school year. Every delay matter to a student trying to get to school on time.
Parents are encouraged to sign up for delay and cancellation notifications through our Parent Portal.
HWSTS and operators are looking for friendly, positive individuals who enjoy children and have a desire to make a diﬀerence in their lives but also want a career that fits their own lifestyle.
Learn more about how to become a school bus driver here.