Met Council approves $1.2 million contract for bus driver safety barrier

They'll be installed in about two-thirds of the Metro Transit fleet

Sloane Martin
December 13, 2018 - 6:21 am

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The Met Council approves a $1.2 million contract to equip Metro Transit buses with driver safety barriers.

Union leaders made safety a priority in discussions after several high profile assaults, some of which were shared in the last year on social media. They say highly-used routes like 21, 5 and 19 will be prioritized.

The funding will go to about two-thirds of the fleet. There's no timetable on when the plexiglass barriers will be installed, but it could take a year and a half to complete.

The Star Tribune reports through October this year there were three felony-level offenses, 49 gross misdemeanors, and more than 100 reports of disorderly conduct or threats against drivers.