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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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City says staffing challenges could impact Lethbridge Transit routes

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It appears some current challenges with staffing levels could impact some bus routes around the city.

A variety of factors are currently impacting staffing at Lethbridge Transit. The City says because of that, modifications may be required to some lower volume bus routes in the coming weeks.

Transit riders are encouraged to download the MyRide app or visit the City website for real-time route updates.

Long term and short term illness, as well as retirements are just some of the factors impacting driver numbers right now.

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The City of Lethbridge says given the significant drop in transit ridership caused by the COVID-19 shut down and, in particular, the lack of post-secondary students, hiring additional drivers is also a challenge at this time.

There have been no positive cases of COVID-19 within Lethbridge Transit and all safety protocols remain in place.

City Council recently heard a presentation from Lethbridge Transit outlining the low ridership concerns and accompanying options for possible service reduction. Council has deferred the decision which is expected to come back to an upcoming meeting.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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