Bus

Winnipeg Transit testing bus safety shields

Posted on May 20, 2010

Winnipeg Transit is exploring the idea of installing safety shields to protect its 1,100 bus operators from assaults. Prototype enclosures have been installed in the driver compartment of two transit buses to evaluate the effectiveness of the shatterproof panels and gauge reaction from bus operators and customers.

 

Winnipeg Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505, (ATU) have been looking into the feasibility of using clear plastic shields to enhance the safety and security of bus operators. The test shields are designed to reduce the chance of anyone making physical contact with an operator. The shields are made from a polycarbonate material that is strong enough to deflect most projectiles. Customers will still be able to communicate verbally with the operator through speaking holes in the partition.

 

In 2009, there were 70 reports of operators being subjected to some type of physical assault. About 40 percent of assaults were in the form of persons spitting or throwing an object at the operator. Transit officials estimate a safety shield could prevent a significant number of these assaults.

 

Testing of the shields is expected to take several months and further evaluation may be required before there is any decision to install the devices on more buses. Part of the purpose of the trial is to research costs and to establish appropriate budgeting.

 

A number of transit systems in North America have installed or are testing similar shields.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

BusCon '16 features more than 80 buses, debuts maintenance forum

This year's event definitely had something for everyone, including the most buses on one North American show floor, a closer look at issues set to impact transit maintenance professionals, an up-to-date look at electric buses and a the BusCon Connect hosted buyers program. 

Seattle taps CH2M to deliver BRT expansion program

This BRT program, which is part of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, will provide high-quality transit throughout some of the densest areas of Seattle.

Hometown Trolley acquires Supreme Corp.'s American Trolley product line

The purchase furthers Hometown Trolley's overall strategic business model to become the leading trackless trolley bus manufacturer in the North American transit industry.

Volvo Buses unveils pedestrian and cyclist detection system

The system will be introduced on Volvo’s European city bus fleet in 2017.

Stertil-Koni introduces high-performance, low-capacity hydraulic vehicle lift

The company’s ST 1064 hydraulic mobile column lift has a capacity of 14,000 lbs. per column, or 56,000 lbs. for a set of four.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close