SEPTA officials and rail engineers are at odds over whether the engineers should be required to wear fluorescent vests. Both sides argue safety issues.
The uniform dispute is an ongoing one between SEPTA and the rail engineers, who say SEPTA is using the safety argument as a guise to get them into uniforms.
SEPTA says the vests allow riders and police officer to know the person operating the train is authorized to do so, and will make the engineers easy to spot in an emergency.
The engineers say that’s exactly the problem: the vests make them targets. Also? “We look like the Fruit of the Loom lemon in those things,” as one engineer put it.
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