September 9, 2013

Mayor Emanuel Statement on Increasing Protections for Students and Transit Riders

Ordinance Creates Safety Zones and Increases Penalties Along CTA Routes, Near Stations and Stops

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“As a city, we have a responsibility to protect riders of buses and trains, especially the many students who rely on the CTA as a key mode of transportation, from the dangers of gun violence.  I am very pleased the Public Safety Committee has taken the next step in creating new Public Transportation Safety Zones and increasing penalties for serious weapon and gun-related offenses near bus stops, bus shelters and El stations and on buses and trains,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The ordinance follows the same guidelines as the recently passed school safety zone ordinance and is establishes “public transportation safety zones” on any bus, train or other form of transportation operated by a transportation authority that is funded, in whole or in part, with public funds and in, or within 100 feet of, any building of a public transportation authority or within 100 feet of any bus shelter or sign designating the location of a bus stop.


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