It looks like Metro drivers probably won’t be getting protective plexiglass enclosures any time soon.
After a bus driver was beaten and knocked unconscious behind the wheel earlier this year, Metro installed security partitions in seven buses as a pilot project. Many drivers weren’t comfortable with them, primarily because they interfere with the ability to interact with passengers, said Neal Safrin, executive board officer on Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587, during a recent meeting with reporters.
“Most of us take our job as being in contact with the public very seriously and this compromises it,” he said.
Safrin said he heard during a recent meeting with Metro management that the project “is dead.”
Metro spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok said the agency still is reviewing feedback from drivers, taken through surveys and outreach, but is close to a final decision.
” I don’t think we have it quite wrapped it up yet. But I don’t think it will be very long before we make a decision,” Ogershok said.