NJ Transit looks to shield bus drivers

NEWARK, N.J. - October 12, 2012

Retrofitting each bus with the shields, which enclose about 75 percent of the driver's compartment, will cost about $2,220. NJ Transit's board is set to vote on spending up to $1.82 million to outfit 820 buses on Monday.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder tells The Record newspaper the agency has already installed safety shields in 70 buses under a pilot program. Snyder says assaults against drivers have dropped from 60 incidents in 2010 to roughly 25 so far this year.

A bus driver in Newark was stabbed seven times last year.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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