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Investing in a Peace of Mind
To combat a growing trend
of assaults on bus operators,
agencies invest in equipment
and additional training to
safeguard their employees and
give them a sense of comfort.
By Megan Perrero, assistant editor

F

OR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN UPTICK
in assaults and violence against transit employees, specifically bus
operators, which has been a growing concern for transit agencies
across the country. Recently, a Detroit Department of Transportation bus operator was forcibly removed from her seat and attacked. And in May of 2019, a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit
Authority (HART) bus operator was killed by a passenger while
operating his bus.
In 2014, when this trend was first emerging, the Federal Transit Administration tasked the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
to develop recommendations on elements that should make up a Safety
Management System (SMS) approach, which aimed to prevent and mitigate transit worker assaults.

Palm Tran

PALM TRAN'S fixedroute buses have
been retrofitted with
flashing rear lights.

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