Yesterday, TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane held a press conference to talk about safety in light of this spring’s tragic bus accident and the ongoing safety review that incident spurred.
Some of the big changes announced (more are pending the outcome of the review):
- TriMet will create a new safety director position which answers directly to the general manager
- A safety task force will be empaneled, to be headed by former TriMet general manager Tom Walsh
- Restrictions on the use of personal electronics by transit operators will be expanded to mandate that any such devices must be turned off at all times while operating a vehicle
Video – Part 1 – Main Presentation
Video – Part 2 – Q&A
We will be including portions of these videos in our feature interview with Neil McFarlane to provide additional context.