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“During the testing period, the focus evolved to include analysis of the potential benefits of preventing the transmission of COVID-19,” the report said.
Temporary soft vinyl barriers were part of the safety measures installed on all buses in June as part of the city’s transit recovery plan.
Trains already have a separate cabin that protects train operators, the report says, and Para Transpo operators have been given face shields for use on minibuses where it is “impossible” to fit a larger permanent screen. .
OC Transpo has researched various barrier systems, but determined that current manufacturers have not designed a new system that would specifically address the transmission of COVID-19.
However, staff believe that replacing temporary vinyl barriers with permanent barriers “offers safety improvements for operators and customers and will help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission by creating a more defined and separate space for them. bus operators, ”the report says.
According to the report, it will cost $ 6 million to renovate 746 OC Transpo buses.
Barriers would be a “standard feature” of any new bus purchased.