Since the April accident in which a TriMet bus driver struck and killed
two and injured three, the transit agency has undergone a safety review.
Conducted by K&J Safety and Security Consulting Services, an initial
report was recently issued.
The report pinpoints some areas for improvement, though it does commend
TriMet for having better than average safety programs. The report recommends
TriMet limit cell phone usage by bus drivers as well as implement a twice
yearly review of each bus driver on “observation rides.”
The transit agency’s general manager, Fred Hansen, is leaving TriMet
after nearly a dozen years. Hansen commented at a board meeting held to
discuss the safety report. Hansen had not publicly criticized Sandi Day,
the bus driver involved in the April crash, until the meeting. He believes
the accident could have been avoided had Day followed protocol more carefully.
He questioned Day’s judgment in stopping for a courtesy stop that
then made it impossible for her to make a legal left-hand turn. Hansen
was also puzzled by the fact that the bus was going into the turn faster
than recommended, especially because the intersection was active with
a large number of pedestrians at the time of the crash.
TriMet will continue its safety review and consider other changes to its