Sun Tran making good on promises to increase driver safety

Sun Tran making good on promises to increase driver safety

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sun Tran is stepping up to help its bus drivers feel safer.

Early Wednesday, April 12, they began installing partitions on nearly 30 buses.

The plexiglass barriers will separate drivers from riders -- something they've been asking for since they went on strike nearly two years ago after a number of assaults.

During contract negotiations, drivers were promised more safety.

Now, Sun Tran is making good on that promise.

Officials say it took a while however, as they had to wait for federal money to pay for the barriers.

"I'm glad to see the partitions going up," said Bill Davidson with Sun Tran. "It's a project we have been working on for a year. and and I feel like there was a lot of input and we have the best product possible."

A spokeswoman for the local bus driver's union said the new partitions are a welcomed improvement.

"...However, we must remain vigilant in finding new ways to improve the safety of our members and the community that rely on the buses for transportation," she said.

Another 41 partitions are expected to be installed in June 2017.

Most Sun Tran buses will be equipped with one by 2022.

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