Stepping onto a BC Transit bus in Terrace will look a little different later this month. Buses throughout the northwest are being retrofitted with full driver doors as a health and safety measure for drivers.
Kodiak Mobile Video Installations are installing the doors in the Prince Rupert fleet in the coming days, with work on Terrace and Kitimat buses scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
There will be no service interruptions while the doors, manufactured by AROW Global Corporation, are put in place. BC Transit estimates the process will take place within a four-day period this month. The doors replace protective vinyl panels that were installed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located to the right of the driver’s seat near the fare box, the full doors act to separate the driver from boarding passengers. They are made of laminated tempered glass with an anti-glare coating and metal base. An adjustable window will offer customization for drivers at different seat positions.
HandyDART buses will retain the vinyl barriers, and all future busses in the BC Transit fleet will be delivered with full driver doors installed.