Updated at 3:36pm, November 18, 2015
TAPS Public Transit Interim CEO and Executive Director Tim Patton told employees in a meeting this morning that the agency will lay off 116 out of 186 people —62% of its workforce— as part of a cost-cutting plan. TAPS has been operating through a financial crisis since it discovered that this year’s budget would fall short.
Patton told the employees that human resources managers would meet with departments and individuals throughout the work day to deliver the news and explain the layoff process.
The TAPS operations workforce —drivers, call center agents and dispatchers— will be cut from 140 people to 52, a reduction of 63 percent.
The administration staff as been reduced by 27, to 19 employees remaining for a reduction of 57% percent.
Patton said it was a sad day for the nearly 30-year-old community transportation agency. “This is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my business career. If TAPS is to survive in any form, these changes must be made, and immediately.”
Paychecks for today’s laid off employees will be added to the list of those who have not yet been paid their final wages. Those employees remaining with the agency also have not been paid since their last pay period.
Patton said it was a priority to get people paid as soon as practical.