First safety shields installed on Winnipeg Transit buses

Winnipeg’s first safety shields for transit drivers were put into service Thursday.The shields – which were recommended in a 2017 report to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works – will be installed on all 630 city buses at a rate of 15 per week.READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit plans to install safety shields on all buses“I’m pleased that we’re following through on our promise to make operator safety a priority with the installation of shields,” said committee chair Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface).“Seeing those first few shield-equipped…

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Winnipeg Transit bus driver shield plan passed by committee, heads to EPC, council

Concern over driver safety has led to a city committee passing a motion to have surplus Winnipeg Transit money go to bus driver shields.The city’s infrastructure committee passed the decision 3-1, with only Coun. Matt Allard voting against, saying he’d prefer to see the idea go through the regular budget process for 2019.Bus shields approved at IRPW meeting this morning – matter will now head to EPC and subsequently council. Councillor Browaty made a motion – which passed 3 to 1 – to have funding for the shields come from…

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Half of Toronto transit drivers don’t like or use safety shields, says union

Winnipeg Transit is planning to protect its drivers by installing safety shields on all of its buses, but a representative for the transit union in Toronto says half of its members don’t like the shields and don’t use them.“The shields have helped. They are a step in the right direction,” said Carlos Santos of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Toronto.“But we still have probably 50-60 per cent of our operators that don’t even use the shields. Carlos SantosTwitter“Number one is the glare. We get a lot of glare from the…

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Winnipeg Transit opens bus inspector stations downtown

The City of Winnipeg officially opened two point duty Winnipeg Transit inspector stations on Dec. 20.Both stations are located downtown:one at eastbound Graham Avenue and Fort Street,the other on eastbound Portage Avenue at Vaughan Street, near The Bay.The locations were strategically chosen by comparing incident data, according to Randy Tonellier Winnipeg Transit‘s Manager of Operations.“We compared where we have incidents on buses with where we have the most transit services located,” Tonellier said.He said a report was made by the Transit Department in May of 2017, that identified eight new safety initiatives,…

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