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MCTS Addresses Safety Concerns

If you use the Milwaukee County Transit System, you may notice a few changes in the coming months.

Those changes address security concerns after a stabbing on a Milwaukee County Transit Bus between two brothers on Monday and a shooting at a bus stop in Brown Deer earlier this month.

Officials with MCTS stress that the buses are safe, but do say one incident is one too many.

Last fall, the company was awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

This week they have been able to start to use that grant to start a safety training program for bus drivers.

Drivers are learning how to keep themselves and other passengers safer.

This is all in addition the initial training drivers get when they start.

"Like any large city there are occasionally incidents that happen. But we are happy to say our buses are extremely, extremely safe,” said Brendan Conway, with Milwaukee County Transit System.

“The most recent audit done by Milwaukee County showed us that 99.76% chance of riding on a bus and never seeing anything."

MCTS is currently in the process of replacing and adding additional new high definition cameras inside of the buses. It's a multi-million dollar project that will be complete by the end of the year.

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