Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) is breathing a sigh of relief after learning the number of school bus routes without a driver is shrinking.
The consortium, which serves students in the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, managed to reduce the number of driverless routes from 21 to 12 this past Wednesday (Oct. 12).
STOPR manager Tom Howe said that amount will drop down to only six routes without a driver within the next few days or so.
The routes without a designated driver, all located in west Mississauga, have been covered by other drivers who already have other Peel routes since the school year began, but this resulted in significant delays.
The number of affected students is expected to drop to only 500 come next week, with delays anticipated to fall to 15 to 30 minutes, estimates Howe.
For the past month or so, the 21 routes without a driver affected upwards of 1,500 students and caused buses to be up to 75 minutes late.