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Winnipeg Transit Stepping Up Safety for Drivers, Passengers

June 7, 2018 4:15 PM | News

Stadium Station - Rapid Transit

Five new inspectors have been added to Winnipeg Transit’s operations to improve rider and operator safety. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Transit is adding five new transit inspectors to improve operator and passenger safety.

The addition of the inspectors on-street and on buses takes effect immediately.

The inspectors are former bus operators familiar with all aspects of the transit system, trained to assist passengers and act as enforcement officers.

“I’m pleased that the Transit Advisory Committee made recommendations to further enhance the transit security presence, and am supportive of these additional initiatives,” said Councillor Matt Allard, chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

Some other transit safety improvements include a pilot project to test bus operator safety barriers, an advertising campaign encouraging riders to report undesirable behaviour, and adding one instructor and three dedicated relief operators to provide additional ongoing training for operators to prevent and diffuse conflict.