Every Day, Over 20 Percent Of Dade Bus Drivers Don’t Show Up To Work

Bus drivers for Miami-Dade Transit simply don’t show up for work on many days.

According to an internal document obtained by The Next Miami, absenteeism of bus drivers was above 20 percent almost every month in 2016, with the rate reaching nearly 25 percent during certain months.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been citing the statistic as he pushes to cut, privatize and add driverless buses.

Even those who do show up aren’t exactly very efficient workers, with frequent complaints about bus drivers who stop during their route to run personal errands like visiting the local pharmacy.

Miami-Dade Transit spends more than two-thirds of its budget on labor costs. Employee count and salary costs skyrocketed following a half-percent sales tax increase approved in 2002, with a hiring process that was then criticized as being corrupt, leading to the ousting if its director.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Hard to get to work on time when buses don’t show up on time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Listen I’m a bus driver and I’m telling you you need to flood your mayor’s office and your commissioners office because we don’t have adequate number of buses they’re finally retiring a fleet of buses and Metrorail that is what the delays are there are times in the afternoon I don’t even go out to do my J route because there are not I repeat there are not any buses these are your hard tax earned dollars voice your opinion, get your Commissioners butts don’t blame the drivers we can go out and do our jobs if we don’t have nothing to work with food for thought… not to mention with all the construction that is going on everywhere that’s another Factor but the main factor is we Have No Buses!! This is purposely being done to privatize the Routes…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Probably bc they have a bus to send out let that marinate for a while

Anonymous
3 years ago

Incredible that this is happening. There is no mention of the fact that these hard working bus drivers are UNIONIZED!! Miami needs an additional newspaper other than the Miami Herald to cover these stories relentlessly.

Anonymous
3 years ago

But then how would we have these awesome headlines such as:
A ton of cocaine is worth $56 million. How many years in federal prison is it worth?
Why did UM quarterback guru Mark Richt call for runs the last 24 plays vs Irish?
First the city sank his house. Now, he’s at the Supreme Court over free speech case
They had one child, then twins. But the latest ultrasound made dad faint
He came in asking about a ring. He left with $1 million in jewelry.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t forget the whole Herald Sympathy Series on the poor teen, incarcerated for sticking guns into people’s faces, who keeps getting his butt kicked by another teen in cage fighting matches set up by guards. That poor boy!

fer
3 years ago

As one of the posters already alluded to, the mayor is using this is as an opportunity to privatize the system instead of addressing these workforce issues. Its easier for the elected officials to campaign and make a case about how wasteful and inefficient MDT has become rather than sit in the neogitating table with the unions and demand that certain performance metrics be implemented. As a county employee, i can tell you of countless incidents involving non performing employees that are referred for termination by the departments where HR steps in and appears to work more in favor of the non performing employee than with the actual departments out of fear of the unions and lawsuits for unjustified firings. You have to essentially build a bullet proof case where the evidence is so overwhelming for HR to feel comfortable about pulling the trigger and firing someone. What im saying, HR has created an environment in this regard that puts responsible employees, supervisors and managers in a consistent disadvantage that prevents the county from getting of rid of the stereotypical non performing and lazy govt employees.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They should privatized public transportations and send the union home with all its employees.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uh, what?

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s how I was so brilliant coming from a moron I see that something you would really like to see but when you dealing with federal dollars that’s being contributed to the Department of Transportation you can’t just do what you want to do with Federal Monies..

Anonymous
3 years ago

Union goes with the driver regardless of who running the department

Miamian - Meng
3 years ago

Does anyone in this thread know English? Wow.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yesssss Fer u tell’em!!! The real problem is corruption they want to privatize Transit so they can dig their hands into the Kitty pot why you think people say Dade County is so Corrupted because it is true they have no good intentions for the Department of Transit everybody want to steal money bottom line!!! Rather than to either get new buses/metrorail that’s up to date, they rather sabotage the department and Let It Go under!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Jobs program.

While not a fan of the privatized trolley systems county-wide, this is probably one reason why various municipalities have gone that route.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Disagree. It’s because the cities receive part of the PTP and don’t know what to do with it.

I also am not a fan of the trolleys. Too many separate systems.

fer
3 years ago

there should only be a single transportation agency in southeast florida tasked with the responsibility of planning and operaring public transportation. There are too many agencies now with altering agendas that in the end only provide mediocre and disjointed services. That should help to depoliticize things a bit by elimanitng so many layers of politicians (city govt, countu govt, etc) that currently have a hand in deciding what does and doesnt get done.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A regional transit authority is not a bad idea

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why do we pay these drivers so much when they don’t work! Fire them!!

Oscar
3 years ago

How much do we pay them?

Anonymous
3 years ago

it’s public information. look it up.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No what you need to be asking yourself is why the mayor and the Commissioners are allowing this mess to go on it’s them that digging their hands in the pockets of Transit this is why we have so many buses that are not working everybody everybody want to blame the drivers but tell the truth it ain’t nothing but public corruption in the department of Dade County and it starts at the top knot with the drivers

Anonymous
3 years ago

First of all I salary has nothing to do with our capabilities of working 2nd of all we the drivers need something to work with the majority of the fleet of all buses and Metrorail are down they’re taking them out and finally retiring them so what you don’t know as the public is a lot of routes are not going out for the simple fact we don’t have anything to work with we don’t have no buses so that’s something you need to be addressing your mayor and your commissioner with instead of running your fat mouth!!! So the thought of public off they’re saying that we the drivers are not coming to work which is not true, and this is how the mayor is able to privatize summer out routes because now he’s saying there’s no ridership when that is so far from being the truth the truth is there are no buses…

Oscar
3 years ago

Wondering why there aren’t specific attendance / performance mandates in this labor agreement? Seems sort of ridiculous, to me.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Instead of protect the taxpayers moneys(which is part of his job) and fix the problem; Mayor Carlos Gimenez is it using it as an excuse to privatize Our inefficient Public transportation system. What a manipulative Moron.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ever try to catch a bus in South Florida? Not happening

Anonymous
3 years ago

Really everybody want to be so hypocritical of the Department of Transit so drive yourself to work you don’t have to ride our buses I was always told once you know better you do better…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I say raise gas taxes and build a system that works, giving mass transit the priority.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Even after reading this article, you STILL want to flush money down the public mass transit rathole??? Unbelievable.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Best to have a privately managed system with government money in the way JR exists in Japan

Anonymous
3 years ago

First of all this is not Japan these are the United States and it seems to me if you’re getting federal dollars to run the Department of Transportation then that’s exactly what you need to be doing that’s the whole problem there’s no Accountability the Feds need to have Accountability in place so therefore the Mayor and Commissioners can’t just go out and try to P PRIVATIZE the Department of Transportation we need Accountability…

Anonymous
3 years ago

What’s unbelievable is you making ignorant remarks like that the department of Transit need adequate equipment to work with ie buses and the metro rail system we have billions of people that enter into a city everyday and I’ll bus system and rail system are behind time you don’t get it!!! We don’t have the proper equipment to work with on a daily basis and yes you’re hearing it straight from the mouth of a bus driver…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Take their union away and see how many show up for work. With no one to protect them, they’ll show up or get fired.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Really mr. Brilliant take our unions away you really think that’s the answer that shows just how intelligent you are apparently you work somewhere where you don’t have a union that fights for the rights of the employees this is so asinine… instead of complaining what you need to do is walking out shoes let the tables be turned and trust me I know you will feel differently…

Anonymous
3 years ago

You so opposed to the drivers and I’ll Transit System I’m sure you got a car don’t use our services..

Marc306
3 years ago

The 95 Express bus driver who stops at Publix every freaking morning around 9-10am on SW 7th in Brickell deserves to be fired. Causes massive delays every day by just leaving his bus in the right lane.

Anonymous
3 years ago

First of all before you make assumptions you need to find out whether or not that 95 express bus driver is on break I am a driver and we are entitled to our breaks so before you get everybody in a Ruckus and talking about somebody needs to be fired everybody needs their jobs make sure you know what you talking about

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is that Miami or broward transit you referring to bc Miami bus only goes to government center

Anonymous
3 years ago

Unfortunately, Miami, like most Américan cities were built for the automobile. Now it’s too late. There’s no solution to save the gridlock of a city with a third of the population of Paris but the size of London, Berlin and Moscow combined.
Even if we were to build all the Metro lines on the planning stages, the majority wouldn’t have access to them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe Miami-Dade transit should have more diversity and not have a staff that is nearly 50% black women.

Anonymous
3 years ago

First of all you need to get your facts together and stop sounding like a racist I am a bus driver and there is diversity within the department but it sounds like maybe you tried to get into the department and you couldn’t pass the test so don’t hate on the females!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Both the transportation and corrections unions are notorious for only hiring blacks. Blacks are 10% of the city’s population and 90% of the union workforce. Its blatant racism.

Anonymous
3 years ago

20 years from now, 100% of them will be out of work. Autonomous busses will rule the streets. Their union will stall it for awhile, but they won’t be able to stop the inevitable.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Except autonomous buses don’t vote. Make work jobs for preferred voter blocks are going away anytime soon.

Anonymous
3 years ago

aren’t

Anonymous
3 years ago

And apparently that’s what you waiting on you talk about the unions because the unions have the workers back where y’all can’t just do what you want to do with Transit you’re actually sabotaging the department of Transit and you’re doing the same thing with the MetroRail 70% of the fleet of the buses that should have been retired long time ago and it’s the same mess with the Metrorail as well it’s ridiculous this huge Metropolitan municipality in Dade County and we got the most faulty shabbiest equipment to work with shame on you, and yes if you’re wondering I am a bus driver…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m wondering how someone who got past the 8th grade didn’t learn about periods.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Autonomous point-to-point transportation is coming. It will be more efficient…lower cost…and (mostly) driver free. One big city will take the plunge…and the rest will be forced to follow. Justify a large wasteful bus fleet will then be like trying to justify fixed light rail is now.

Top
3 years ago

As a Bus operator that knows why if those numbers were accurate or close would be we work for the Public in a non sterile environment everyday breathing in airborne contagions, salava spray, coughing in our faces all shift long. Deliver that with a smile on your face.working 8 plus hours a day taking all this in of count we are going to get sick.. Try to stay healthy in this environment your going to call sick.

autonomy
3 years ago

Do over 20% of doctors and nurses call out sick every day? Yeah thought so…

Anonymous
3 years ago

First and foremost those numbers are miss leading

Anonymous
3 years ago

Jesus christ. You are such an entitled lazy asshole. “Sterile environment” give me a break.

Anonymous
3 years ago

People do not be fooled by the hype I am a driver and I’m going to keep it 100 with you we Have No Buses they are finally retiring Our buses that includes the Metro Rail as well and they’re not trying to replace these buses or the cars on the Metro Rail because with the buses the mayor has come in and privatize some of the routes and he’s trying to come back again in January to do the exact same thing wake up you don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes but I can tell you because I’m a driver and they don’t want the public to know that they’re purposely sabotaging the department of Transit so they can put these trolleys out there to take over Transit routes flood the mayor’s & commissioners office with phone calls demanding that the transit routes be placed back and demanding buses/rails be added back because these are what your tax dollar pays for…