Short-Staffed or Short-Changed?


In the second episode of The Route, School Bus Fleet’s Executive Editor Wes Platt discusses the nationwide driver shortage with Stephen Owens, senior K-12 policy analyst with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.


Stops along The Route include:

  • The Pickup: A closer look at the origins of the shortage.
  • The Detour: Learn more about Stephen Owens.
  • The Dropoff: Where do we go from here?


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⏱ Timestamps ⏱
0:00 Amazing Relic
1:09 Why the Driver Shortage Is So Complicated
6:02 What Issues Get Stephens Attention at the Budget Institute
8:08 Reading, Hiking, Breweries, and College Football
8:46 WandaVision Blasphemy
9:52 An Economic Answer to an Economic Problem
12:29 Why Have Bus Drivers Been Underpaid for So Long?


The Route podcast from SCHOOL BUS FLEET covers news and explores issues related to pupil transportation, including new technology, safety features, driver staffing, and industry trends.

Bus Safety and Big Money

Hear about National School Bus Safety Week, EPA rebate opportunities, new stop-arm legislation, and more in this episode of The Route by School Bus Fleet.

Driver Shortages and Young Heroes

Listen to SBF Executive Editor, Wes Platt, discuss the potential of waiving CDL requirements for drivers, NASDPTS cancelling their in-person event, as well as a group of MO students who saved their driver in this episode of The Route.

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