National Task Force needed to address violent incidents

By Transport Action | Letters

Mar 16

Violent incidents on transit are making the headlines with disturbing regularity, with an upsurge in disorder on public transit systems across Canada over the past year.

Passenger and employee safety is paramount in ensuring that transit systems can meet the mobility needs of our communities, and in particular of citizens who might feel vulnerable due to gender, ethnicity, age, or disability. Therefore Transport Action Canada is supporting ATU Canada’s call for immediate action ensure safety on transit, and a National Task Force for Safe Public Transit to address both the incidents and their root causes.

Transit isn’t the only public space where disorder has risen, with libraries, parks and other facilities experiencing similar issues, the media attention has focussed on transit and many of the interventions that are required to restore confidence in personal safety while using transit will improve safety and help people in crisis across our communities.