Winnipeg Transit buses equipped with emergency notification marquee

Dec. 16, 2021
The notice can be activated by bus operators and delivers a single step to notify passengers and the Transit Control Center of an emergency situation.

Winnipeg Transit bus operators will be able to activate a digital sign on the outside of the bus in emergency situations. The signs will read  “Emergency Call 911” and “Do Not Board Bus” and are designed for use in an event where emergency responders are needed. The new system will allow operators to alert the public at the same time as the Transit Control Center.

“The safety and security of passengers who rely on Winnipeg Transit is a top priority, as is the safety of our operators and other employees,” said Greg Ewankiw, director of Winnipeg Transit. “This emergency signal is another layer of protection for our operators as well as passengers by ensuring help arrives as quickly as possible if it is needed.”

Ewankiw said that this is one of many safety initiatives Winnipeg Transit has undertaken over the past five years. Among them includes the expansion of the audio/video surveillance system on board buses which led to an increase in the successful identification of assailants, the installation of bus operation safety shields on the entire fleet, and training focused on de-escalation and how to recognize and address residents under the influence of methamphetamine.

More Transit Inspectors have also been added and they were provided with protective body armor vests.

The emergency signal system was developed in consultation with the Transit Advisory Committee and was recently endorsed by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Work.