Bus service JAUNT expects to get money from Charlottesville and Albemarle County for the coming fiscal year to help pay for raises for its drivers.
JAUNT Executive Director Brad Sheffield said the pay increase will help the organization maintain its level of service and recruit high-quality drivers. The community as a whole is due a discussion on driver pay, and not just at JAUNT, he said.
“This is not just JAUNT or [Charlottesville Area Transit], it’s also the school bus systems. The county and the city are having issues of recruitment. Recruiting bus drivers is a national issue,” Sheffield said.