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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority and the Framingham Public Schools teamed up Monday afternoon to film a video to teach families and students about how to ride the MWRTA buses to and from school.

The video explains how to ride the MWRTA buses to and from school, and the deviation to Walsh Middle School.

Framingham State Rep. and Framingham School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa joined the video team to talk about the partnership between the MWRTA and Framingham Public School District said Jon Fetherston, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) Manager of Community Relations.

Back in October, Fetherston started training Framingham High students, many of whom spoke Spanish & Portuguese as their first language, how to use the MWRTA app to get a bus to get to Framingham High in the morning and how to use the app to get a bus to go home or get to a job.

Earlier this year, The MWRTA held an open house for families to teacher them how to use the bus service.

The service is free through May 1, and the MWRTA will begin charging fees again.

However, Framingham Public Schools is working with the MWRTA, based in Framingham, to get bus passes for students.

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Framingham Public Schools have been dealing with a bus driver shortage with its contracted vendor NRT since the first day of school.

The school district has contracted for 77 bus drivers. From August to December 31, 2022, they only had about 60 bus drivers.

Since January 1, the district has been struggling to even reach 60 bus drivers for its routes.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.