Metro: At least 70 drivers called in sick; passengers facing long delays

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 5:30 PM

(KMOV.com) – Metro St. Louis said bus passengers faced major delays Monday because a large number of drivers called in sick.

According to Metro officials, more than 70 drivers have called in sick and some routes are running up to 90 minutes behind. The agency said most of the delays are at the Brentwood and  DeBaliviere MetroLink stations.

Metro speculates the number of drivers who called in sick could be due to the fact the Cardinals hold their home opener Monday. The agency also speculates it could be connected to contract negotiations that are ongoing between the drivers union and Metro.

Extra drivers are being brought in to help. Metro said MetroLink trains, and busses in St. Clair County are not being affected.

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