BRAMPTON, ON: As part of the City’s ongoing review of safety practices, six Brampton Transit buses will be outfitted with operator safety shield prototypes. Starting January 27, 2015, the shields will be tested through October 2015 as part of a pilot project to help City staff understand their effectiveness.
The safety shield is installed at the operator’s driving area, providing clear sightlines and the ability to maintain communication with passengers and provide customer service.
“Whether you’re going to school, commuting to your job, or simply getting around the city, transportation affects everyone in Brampton. It’s part of what makes a community liveable,” says Regional Councillor Grant Gibson, Community and Public Services Committee Chair. “The safety of our front-line Transit staff is a priority. This pilot is a responsible way to evaluate feasibility, design, cost and daily operations.”
Providing a safe public transit service for both riders and bus operators is a priority for Brampton Transit. Currently, each bus in Brampton’s fleet is equipped with CCTV cameras that continually monitor on-board activities. An operator safety shield is another method that may be used to prevent or minimize acts of violence directed at transit operators.
Both staff and operators will be asked to provide input about their experiences with the safety shields. Transit customers are also invited to share feedback about the safety shields: call 905.874.2999, email email@example.com, or fill out a feedback form at www.bramptontransit.com.
The pilot project will continue until the end of October 2015. A final decision about the applicability of safety shields on Brampton Transit buses will then be recommended by staff to Council.
In the Greater Toronto Area, bus operator safety shields are currently used by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.
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