Every year, people across the country are injured – sometimes fatally
– by falling under the rear wheels of transit buses.
The MTA is
responding to this problem with a new device, the “Dangerzone
Deflector,” which can push a fallen pedestrian out from under the rear
wheels of a moving bus.
All new buses being
delivered to the MTA are equipped with the Dangerzone Deflector. The MTA Board
of Directors is scheduled to vote in June on retrofitting existing Metro Buses with the
$1,300 devices. They would be installed on the MTA’s fleet over the next
12 to 15 months, starting with approximately 400 in the 2002 fiscal year.
The danger usually
occurs as buses are making right-hand turns. A pedestrian who is not fully
on the sidewalk or who falls into the street is at risk of being run over
by the right rear wheel of the bus. Nationwide, 40-100 people are
seriously injured every year in this way.
Out of harm’s way
Called the “S-1
Gard” by the manufacturer, the Dangerzone Deflector is a sturdy, curved
piece of plastic that is bolted to the underside of the bus just in front
of the right rear wheel. The curved portion of the guard may be able to
push a person out of harm’s way.
easily accomplished, without welding, in about 30 minutes. Measuring
approximately two feet wide by one foot high, the deflector has a
quick-release mechanism that enables mechanics to easily remove them
during bus maintenance.
agencies across the country and locally are installing the S-1 Gard on
their buses. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus has installed the deflectors on
their fleet. Washington D.C.’s WMATA recently retrofitted 1,300 buses
with the device. Other agencies from Chicago to Orange County are already
using the deflector or are in the process of testing it on their buses.
When installed on
all Metro Buses, the Dangerzone Deflector design will help minimize
potential injuries in bus vs. pedestrian accidents, says Operations Deputy
Executive Officer John Roberts.
Scoop is presented by the MTA Public Relations Department.