May 26, 2011

SEPTA engineers oppose vest requirement

PHILADELPHIA — Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rail engineers are protesting a new requirement that they wear fluorescent green-yellow vests when operating trains. They are concerned the vests will make them targets for terrorists, philly.com reported.

The agency ordered engineers to wear the vests as a safety measure, when rail security was heightened after the killing of Osama bin Laden earlier this month. The vests are similar to those worn by construction workers, street sweepers and SEPTA customer service representatives. The engineers said they would prefer to wear an identification card on a lanyard around their necks, as do engineers who operate Amtrak and NJ Transit trains. For the full story, click here.

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