ERIE, Pa. – Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority drivers are now publicly voicing their own concerns about the transit system for the first time.
Around 12 bus drivers gathered near the corner of 14th and State streets Wednesday morning to make Erie aware of the issues they’re facing.
The drivers claim the EMTA is ignoring their union contract by giving new drivers poor training and issuing payroll shortages.
Drivers also say they’re working under unsafe conditions and are being forced to work overtime with little to no sleep.
“The buses may not be as safe as they’d like,” Terry Flatley, of Amalgamated Transit Union, said. “The drivers may not be as trained as they’d like. The drivers may not be as happy as they ought to be.”
The drivers said they’ve voiced their concerns internally, but conditions are still the same.