TransLink is looking to make the daily route safer for Metro Vancouver bus drivers.
The company is slated to announce that shielding barriers will be installed in new buses to prevent bus driver assaults.
The announcement has been expected for some time, different types of barriers have been considered and tested by Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of TransLink since 2015.
It’s hoped the plexiglass barriers will reduce the number of assaults against bus drivers by unruly passengers.
The barriers are planned to come factory-installed in all new buses that TransLink will be ordering, thanks to new transit funding from the Federal Government.
The recent federal budget promised $2.2-billion in funding for transit improvements in Metro Vancouver, adding to a previous $340-million commitment from the feds last year.