LTD announces more layoffs due to expected budget shortfall

Staff is being reduced by nearly 40 positions, LTD said.

Posted: May 22, 2020 5:28 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 6:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Lane Transit District has announced further plans to reduce staff in the wake of coronavirus.

The district will reduce staff by 38 – from 325 to 287 – through layoffs, retirements and not filling open positions. Some bus operators, maintenance staff and others will have their positions eliminated, effective June 6.

These layoffs are in addition to 14 staff members who were laid off earlier this month. In that announcement, officials said remaining staff were to take one furlough day a month each.

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“With all economic indicators pointing to unemployment remaining high, employer and employee tax revenues will be lower for the foreseeable future,” said Aurora Jackson, LTD’s general manager.

The reduction in payroll taxes, fares, special services, and group pass program over the next year is projected to be $12 million. Those sources fund more than 80% of LTD’s operation.

Ridership has also sharply decreased, LTD said.

“COVID-19 has dealt all of us an unexpected blow, but LTD must continue to operate within its budget,” Jackson said. “We have evaluated the District’s operations and have made some very hard decisions that impact our employees and the service LTD provides to the communities we serve.”

With lower fuel costs and a reduced workforce, the district said it would also reduce spending.

RideSource will continue to operate regular reduced service Monday through Saturday for essential trips only.

A virtual budget hearing is scheduled for May 27. The fiscal year begins July 1. You can find out more here.

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