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Transit inspector stations are now up at two Winnipeg bus stops.

Manager of operations for Winnipeg Transit Randy Tonnellier says the inspector kiosks at Fort and Graham and at Vaughan and Portage just went up last week, but the point duty inspector positions have existed since January.

“We had to have the buildings designed and then put out to tender and then built, and then we had to install them, so there was a bit of a delay doing that. [The inspectors] were there previously either on foot or in a vehicle.”

Tonnellier says four point duty inspectors operate the two booths from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday.

He says transit inspectors were a recommendation in a May 2017 safety report by Transit to city council. The report came after the death of transit driver Irvine Fraser, who was stabbed by a passenger in February 2017.

They have a variety of duties, according to Tonnellier.

“They like to check with [Transit] operators as they go by, just a visual check or a verbal check, just to make sure that they are doing okay. And operators, if they should have any sort of questions or issues, whether it’s about a schedule or maybe a disoriented passenger that they have on their bus or even a problem passenger, they’ll signal the inspector and the inspector can help them deal with that.”

Tonnellier says inspectors are there to ensure the Transit service is operating as intended, and to provide information to the public as well.

Police will be called for anything criminal going on on a bus.

According to Tonnellier, the Fort/Graham and Portage/Vaughan bus stops were chosen as the best locations for inspector stations after considering where incidents tend to happen, and comparing that to where buses usually run. He says a decision hasn’t been made yet about possibly expanding to more locations, but it’s something they’re keeping an eye on.

“We’re monitoring the effectiveness of it.”