The New Jersey Transit board is set to vote Monday on plans to outfit 820 buses with protective plastic shields for the drivers. The program will cost $1.8 million.
NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder tells The Record newspaper the agency has already installed safety shields in 70 buses under a pilot program. Snyder says assaults against drivers have dropped from 60 incidents in 2010 to roughly 25 so far this year.
A bus driver in Newark was stabbed seven times last year.