Buses now serve as 'safe place' for youth
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GREENSBORO -- In addition to picking up and dropping off passengers, the Greensboro Transit Authority is now a safe place for youth who may be in danger.
"It could be that they are running away from home, they are dealing with problems in the home, maybe problems at school, problems with peers," said Hannah Labas with Safe Place for Guilford and Randolph Counties.
National Safe Place is an outreach program that helps children get immediate help in crisis. Schools, rec center, fire stations and libraries all serve as safe place sites for kids.
GTA drivers have now been trained and all 101 buses are marked with the Safe Place logo.
"The operator has been trained to bring the child on the us with them and place them in the seat behind them, they will then contact their supervisor who will then contact a Safe Place organization," said Kevin Elwood with Greensboro Transit Authority.
Drivers will then release kids to a safe place organizer who will take them to a registered agency.
"We felt that it was a win-win situation for everyone," said Elwood. "It would be able to help GTA give back to the community in supporting our young people and also help Safe Place to extend their reach beyond the standard fixed locations."