PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – After Saturday’s fatal stabbing of a HART bus driver in Tampa, one union is calling for better safety measures for bus drivers in Pinellas County.
April Murphy worked for 10 years as a bus driver in Pinellas County and currently is a representative for the Service Employee International Union. She represents bus drivers in Pinellas County and is calling for action to keep bus drivers safe.
“We’ve been saying over and over it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. You’re going to wait until someone gets killed. It happened. It just happened to be just on the other side of the bay,” said April Murphy.
Murphy is working to get bulletproof bus enclosures for Pinellas County bus drivers.
“What happened to him can happen to anybody and it’s almost happened to many of us. PSTA drivers, HART drivers, it’s almost happened to everybody. We are in a dangerous situation every single day,” added Murphy.
Murphy says union reps for PSTA bus drivers will be at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board meeting this Wednesday to demand safety changes.