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New York City’s New Buses Lack Vital Safety Technology

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 22, 2016

New York City’s New Buses Lack Vital Safety Technology

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New York City’s 2,000 brand new buses have great perks, such as free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, but bus drivers and safety advocates say the vehicles lack technology that could prevent deadly collisions, The Associated Press reported. 

According to the Amalgamated Transit Union, roughly one pedestrian is killed every week by a transit bus in the United States. The union blames the deaths on the vehicles’ large left-side mirrors and massive pillars that make it nearly impossible for drivers to see pedestrians.

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Last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it would begin testing two technologies to improve safety on buses: a pedestrian turn warning system and a collision avoidance system, AP reported.

The warning system would feature external speakers that would warning pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles that a bus was about to turn, AP said. The collision system would alert the bus driver if the bus was in danger of hitting someone or something.  

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The MTA hopes to test the new technology on up to 300 buses this year, AP reported.

Adding the pedestrian warning system to its entire fleet of buses would cost about $20 million, and the collision avoidance system would cost $57 million, the MTA told AP.

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