CityBus employee urges company to make stricter social distancing guidelines

A CityBus driver is being very vocal in his complaints about what he says is the organization's lack of social distancing guidelines. So far, CityBus has not responded.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 3:51 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2020 6:39 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Transit operator Donn Brown is doing everything he can as a city bus driver to practice social distancing and he needs some help from his employer to do so. But he said there hasn't been a whole of progress on that front.

"If they did much less then they pretty much would have done nothing,” said Brown.

Brown has worked for CityBus more than ten years. Like many drivers, he's trying to minimize close contact with people who use public transportation by cordoning off seats on his bus.

"My main concern is that we are not doing everything at our disposal to in our little corner of the world to help get this over with,” said Brown.

He's tried passing along his suggestions to management but to no avail. So he took it a step further, posting several videos on YouTube to get their attention. He said he's risking his job to spread an important message to not only keep his family safe but the community too.

"I'm on the front line,” said Brown. “Me and my co-workers, we have hundreds of people a day on our buses. We're on the frontlines we don't get hazard pay. You know we are out there doing our jobs because we have a work ethic and we are committed to our job and to the community."

Brown is trying to follow suit with other cities who are doing things like decreasing their routes to essential trips only. But he said right now several of his passengers on the bus are joy riding and it's hard to practice social distancing if people are sitting in close quarters.

"Unless they need to get to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store or to get some medication. Those are essential trips. Going to your sister's house for a barbecue isn't."

News 18 reached out to City Bus hoping for a comment but haven't heard back. Brown said he plans to send his YouTube videos to several local and state government officials.

He also noted that he spoke with the General Manager of CityBus earlier today they are planning to have a meeting tomorrow about this issue. To view Brown’s YouTube videos click here.

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