Transit worker safety the focus of FTA plan updates

An increasing concern among transit workers in recent years has been assaults on bus drivers and other customer-facing transit employees. The rate of assaults on transit workers nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, before dipping slightly in 2020 and 2021, according to FTA data.

“Transit workers experience the risks of the job daily, and have made it clear that their safety is a key concern that must be addressed,” said Greg Regan, president of the AFL-CIO‘s Transportation Trades Department, in a statement. “We welcome this federal action to continue addressing the ongoing epidemic of transit worker assault by requiring public transit agencies to implement safety committees, safety risk reduction programs, and safety performance targets.”

The updated PTASP regulation requires transit agencies serving areas over 200,000 population to establish safety committees with equal numbers of frontline transit worker and management representatives and includes requirements to allow frontline workers more input into safety decision-making.

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