Lakewood – Pierce Transit continues its commitment to safety with the installation of cameras on buses. By the end of May, every bus in the active fleet will be equipped with interior and exterior cameras capable of capturing video and audio recordings.
“Transit agencies around the nation have installed or are installing cameras to their fleets. Adding this technology to our fleet will help ensure a higher degree of safety to customers and employees,” said Steilacoom Councilmember Nancy Henderson, a Pierce Transit Commissioner.
This $2 million project will equip 140 buses with 10-12 cameras which will also have the capability of capturing live streams during emergency situations. The installation of these cameras will help deter vandalism and illegal activity on the bus; assist in tracking hit and runs that happen to Pierce Transit buses and support the Agency in investigating legitimate or false claims.
In a 2014 Customer Satisfaction survey, 96% of Pierce Transit customers said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the level of safety Pierce Transit provides. With the installation of cameras on buses, the Agency will continue its long standing commitment to ensuring customer and employee safety.
“Perceptions of riding the bus are often a hurdle for potential bus riders to overcome. Pierce Transit provides safe service and I hope new riders are reassured with the installation of cameras on Pierce Transit’s fleet,” said Penny Grellier, Chair of the Pierce Transit Community Transportation Advisory Group.
Cameras will not be installed on the SHUTTLE paratransit fleet, trolley vehicles or small vehicles used in circulator service such as those used for the Puyallup Connector Route 425.