Walker said a starting Gwinnett bus driver makes $15.15 an hour. Her petition does not specify how much hazard pay transit workers should receive.
MARTA said it has no plans for hazard pay.
“We are continually looking at ways to protect the health of our operators,” the agency said in written statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The operational adjustments that began today (Thursday) such as forgoing bus fares to allow customers to board in the rear will help.”
The state’s Xpress bus system said it is not considering hazard pay, but noted numerous steps it has taken to protect workers.
Representatives of Cobb and Gwinnett County transit systems said they are considering boarding passengers at the rear doors of buses. But decisions about hazard pay would be up to the private contractors that operate their services.
Cobb County announced that, beginning today, priority seating on local buses and regular seating in the front of commuter uses would be blocked off to distance passengers from drivers. Passengers are still required to board at the front of buses and pay at the fare box.