WINNIPEG – A recent survey found the majority of Winnipeggers would like to see a dedicated transit police force.
The survey, conducted by Probe Research, found 65 per cent of respondents were in favour of a transit police force.
While 93 per cent of regular transit users said they felt safe riding the bus, only 28 per cent of respondents said they felt ‘very safe’ at night.
The 600 adults were surveyed by telephone interviews between March 13 and March 28.
Reporters from 680 CJOB spoke to a few bus riders, many of whom are in favour of having a stronger police presence on buses.
“As a transit user, I think the idea of having a police officer on the bus, especially at night, definitely a great idea,” said one transit user as he waited for his bus at Polo Park.
Still, others aren’t convinced it’s necessary. Another user felt bus drivers already have an effective way to handle unruly passengers themselves.
“Any time there’s ever been a problem on the bus, usually the bus driver just stops,” he said. “Then the person will have to get out or the bus driver will refuse to keep going. It seems to have worked so far.”
In February, a Winnipeg bus driver was stabbed to death at the end of his shift.
The union has repeatedly called for improved safety measures.
In March City Hall approved a safety review. That report was to be completed by June.