Transit union calls for more safety measures for Metro drivers after weekend shooting

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS – The shooting of a Metro bus operator this weekend has leaders with the Amalgamated Transit Union calling for more safety measures.  The operator was shot near a transfer station at North Broadway and Taylor early Saturday morning.  Metro officials say he was not on his bus and was off Metro property when he became the victim of a robbery attempt.

The operator was about to begin his first route of the day.  Metro officials say he was one of several shooting victims in St. Louis this weekend.  Metro met with leaders from ATU Local 788 Monday to discuss the shooting.

After the meeting, the vice president of the local told FOX 2 she was not satisfied with Metro’s response.

“He’s on your clock. He’s on your watch.  It’s your responsibility to keep us safe,” said Catina Wilson.

Local 788 President Reginald Howard said his members just want to see more safety measures put in place.

“It’s pretty bad,” said Howard.  “They feel like the company doesn’t have their back.”

A Metro official said the transit agency cares as much if not more about the safety of Metro operators, employees and passengers.  She said community crime would not keep Metro from operating 7 days a week, providing an important public transit service for the region recording more than 41 million boarding’s a year.

The ATU International cited the shooting in St. Louis as a reason more safety measures should be put in place for its members across North America.  Local 788 leaders say they will be pushing for more safety measures in the future.

Howard said having security on busses should be an option, “Whatever needs to be done, we need to get something done soon.”

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News