Mountain Metropolitan Transit Expanding Technology to Enhance Public Safety Efforts
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT), the Transit Services Division of the City of Colorado Springs, has installed a new security system in all fixed-route and ADA paratransit vehicles. The new system consists of both video and audio and can detect and potentially deter criminal acts and unsafe practices, helping protect passengers, drivers and City property. MMT is constantly monitoring its practices and policies to ensure a safe environment for riders and drivers.
"Safety is our number one priority. It is something that we focus on and monitor regularly. This innovative security technology gives us another tool to help us keep our riders and the drivers safe," commented Craig Blewitt, transit services division manager.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends the use of surveillance cameras and recorders and many transit agencies across the United States use these systems. Each MMT bus has an informational sign posted, informing everyone that their actions may be recorded. Additionally, automatic audio systems in the buses periodically announce that the surveillance system is operating, providing a warning and a deterrent to unwanted behavior. A comprehensive audio/video surveillance system can potentially reduce insurance claims, litigation and vandalism thereby reducing costs.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, as well as other services such as ridesharing, vanpool, FrontRange Express and the Ute Pass Express commuter services. For added convenience, Mountain Metropolitan Transit offers bike racks on all buses through its bike-n-busprogram.For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.SpringsGov.com/transit, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).