The Helena Transportation Systems Department announced Tuesday that its Capital Transit service to East Helena, which was suspended Jan. 6, has resumed on a limited basis.
The East Valley bus route will operate on weekdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., according to a city news release sent out Tuesday.
The suspension of service came after the city noted a shortage of drivers.
In an email Tuesday, Transportation Systems Deputy Director Chris Couey said Capital Transit has the authority to hire 10 full-time drivers, three part-time drivers and one dispatcher, who can also fill in as a driver when needed. However, the department currently employs nine full-time drivers, one part-time driver and one dispatcher.
Couey said four of the current 11 employees are on extended absences, leaving the city with only seven drivers at the moment.
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“The sudden absences that caused the suspension have not yet been resolved,” Couey said. “We are shuffling our drivers as efficiently as possible to accommodate a limited level of service for the East Helena route so as to provide the community with a reliable transportation option.