The federal government has given Mountain Line, Flagstaff’s local bus system, money to combat human trafficking and other crimes on public transportation.
The $87,000 given to Mountain Line will allow it to maintain a smartphone app that will allow bus drivers and riders to report suspicious behavior. The Federal Transit Administration’s money will also provide transit passes for human trafficking survivors. The major interstates and proximity to larger cities make Flagstaff a “prime spot” for human trafficking and public transit has been identified as an industry likely to interact with transporting victims, according to a Mountain Line press release.
Mountain Line was one of 24 organizations across the country to win the grant money.
The transit agency said it would partner with Northland Family Help Center and its Flagstaff Initiative Against Trafficking, which provides training, collects data, and supports anti-trafficking efforts with law enforcement. Kate Wyatt, director of Human Trafficking Services with NFHC, said the grant money help their efforts to end human trafficking.
“Human trafficking has been identified as a pervasive issue in the Flagstaff area, as 297 adults and 40 youth reporting being victims of this horrific crime type since September of 2017,” Wyatt said.
Mountain Line has bus services for nine routes, paratransit service, vanpool and seasonal Mountain express service to Arizona Snowbowl.
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