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Union calls for improved Milwaukee County bus driver safety

Security and Safety | December 3, 2015

A transit security report found that the number of assaults of drivers decreased 62% since 2010 due to the installation of protective shields on buses; however, union officials say many issues often go unreported.

How Effective Scanning Helps Bus Operators See Potential Driving Hazards

| November 11, 2015

The world is a very busy place. We rely on our eyes to provide us with information that will keep us from harm as we operate our vehicles. It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of effective scanning in order to recognize potential hazards early enough so appropriate action can be taken to avoid conflict. As a result, we spend a lot of time advising operators how often they should scan their mirrors, where to look for hazards, and how to bring objects into view that may be temporarily obstructed, and so on.

Security and Safety | November 6, 2015

Mobileye collision avoidance system to be added to Proterra buses

An alert system such as Mobileye can give a distracted driver the opportunity to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity, according to the company.

Management & Operations| October 15, 2015

Seattle man charged after attacking bus driver with bear spray

The suspect is alleged to have tried to steal a booklet of bus transfer slips before spraying the driver with cayenne pepper bear repellant. He has been charged with third-degree assault and remains in jail on $30,000 bail.

September 21, 2015

Keeping Old School Practices in New Bus Operating Training

Today I’d like to mention a few effective policies that were routinely utilized in the past, which were (and for the few agencies that still practice them) very effective in producing safe bus operators, including covering your right, terminal checks and company vehicles.

Security and Safety | August 28, 2015

San Antonio VIA bus driver celebrates 50 years of safety

Jesse Quintero’s five decades of driving is a significant achievement in itself, but that milestone is even more commendable because he has never had a preventable accident while on the job.

Security and Safety | August 26, 2015

[Video] Red Kite Project Consulting and Training Promo

Highlighting the efforts and results achieved during the SEPTA and Red Kite Project collaboration, which involved helping bus operators deal with the stress of the position and learning to avoid confrontations.

August 26, 2015

The Fight to Reduce Bus Operator Assaults

Transit authority operators nationwide have been victims of sometimes brutally violent acts, but in Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has had a decrease in bus operator assaults by almost 60% since 2011. How did they do that?

Security and Safety | August 13, 2015

Quick thinking MBTA bus driver saves runaway car

Paul Healy, an MBTA employee for 14 years, was driving the Route 230 bus when he noticed that a vehicle was moving forward, but the woman driving it was slumped over the wheel. Healy eased his bus against the vehicle and wedged it against the curb, slowing the Jeep to almost a complete stop.

Security and Safety | August 13, 2015

D.C. Metro to test use of video screens showing surveillance cameras

The move is part of a multi-layered response that also includes enhanced fare enforcement by plain clothes and uniformed transit police officers, outreach campaigns, the installation of plexiglass dividers to protect bus operators, and enhanced penalties for those found guilty of assault.

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