PSTA Installs Safety Shields on Buses
A total of 202 buses are now equipped with protective barriers.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has completed the installation of bus driver safety shields.
A total of 202 buses are now equipped with protective barriers
“I am thankful for the hard work so many people did in order to complete this critical investment to keep both our drivers and riders in our care safe,” said Brad Miller, chief executive officer of PSTA. “During these difficult times, these shields also provide another layer of security for our operators, in which we are also grateful for.”
PSTA board Chair Joe Barkley said, “Our bus drivers deserve the right to feel safe at work. These are parents, spouses, grandparents. They want to come in to do their jobs and make it home to their loved ones. Tese shields not only will help provide a peace of mind, but also an added layer of security to make sure that they get home each night.”
In 2019, the PSTA Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve $1.2 million in funding for the project. The barriers are paid for by PSTA’s capital reserve fund. PSTA was one of the first agencies in the Tampa Bay region to install safety barriers.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY.
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