State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Phila., and other members of the state House and Senate Philadelphia delegations, will participate in a local symposium Thursday aimed at public transportation worker and rider safety.
The Transit Worker and Rider Public Safety Conference, hosted by Transport Workers Union Local 234, is being held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the union headquarters located at 500 N. Second St., Philadelphia.
Parker, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation and Democratic Chair of the Subcommittee on Public Transportation, will be a panelist in the afternoon discussion on what can be done legislatively to better protect transit workers as they do their jobs and to reduce the incidence of violence on public transportation. The legislative panel is scheduled to convene at 1 p.m.
The conference agenda also includes morning remarks from union and SEPTA officials, testimony from a transit operator, and a panel discussion among law enforcement regarding the spike in transit assaults in 2011 and 2012. A community panel, where union workers and community members will discuss how they can work together to improve safety and reduce violence, including sexual harassment, on public transit will follow the legislative discussion.
Media coverage is invited.