HSR drivers call for increased safety measures on Hamilton buses, prioritization in vaccine rollout

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Sumary of HSR drivers call for increased safety measures on Hamilton buses, prioritization in vaccine rollout:

  • Hamilton bus drivers are joining calls from across the country to increase safety measures on transit and prioritize transit drivers for the COVID-19 vaccine..
  • On Thursday, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) of Canada held a news conference to call for increased protections for workers amid escalating outbreaks in transit settings and infections among drivers..
  • Eric Tuck, president of ATU Local 107 in Hamilton, said the union is asking the city to re-introduce safety measures on Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses that were in place early last year, like passenger boarding from the rear door and reducing capacity limits on buses to 25 per cent..
  • Currently, HSR buses are operating at a 50-per cent passenger capacity limit, but Tuck said that still means as many as 30 people could be riding a 40-foot bus..
  • If the EOC determines that the risk of the highly transmissible variants means additional measures are needed on city buses, Johnson said they would consider options like introducing further restrictions or adding more buses to busier routes..
  • Hamilton reports 127 COVID-19 cases, active cases hit pandemic high for the second day in a row The ATU is also calling for transit drivers to be prioritized for the COVID-19 as essential workers in the community…

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