BC Transit has announced that they’ll be installing full driver-safety doors onto hundreds of their vehicles.
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The concept was first launched in 2017, in partnership with WorkSafeBC, as well as union and government partners.
The doors consist of a large plexiglass window and a stainless steel base with a two-stage lock. The window can also be adjusted to fit a driver’s sightline and the driver compartment will have independent temperature controls.
According to a statement, BC Transit will install the doors on high capacity buses, meaning such as double-decker buses, 40-foot transit buses, and medium-duty buses across the province.
Currently, 650 buses are expected to receive driver-safety doors and the project will cost an estimated $6.5 million.
Although the planning process has not been finalized, installation is expected to start in Victoria before moving to Kelowna.