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TriMet using driving simulator to train new operators

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While it may feel like a ride in virtual reality or a giant video game, the goal of a new TriMet tool is to make mistakes in training, before heading out to the streets. (KPTV) While it may feel like a ride in virtual reality or a giant video game, the goal of a new TriMet tool is to make mistakes in training, before heading out to the streets. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It's looks like a TriMet bus, and drives like one as well, but their newest rig is not the real thing.

TriMet invested in a bus simulator to teach people how to drive, the first of its kind in Portland.

TriMet officials said the simulator is meant to train operators in a controlled, safe environment, putting them through actual situations they'd find while on the road.

If drivers hit a speed bump they will feel it, and if they were facing bad weather the simulator would train them on how to get through it.

The simulator is just one part of the course before operators actually hit the road.

Allen E. Morgan, the manager of operations training, said TriMet has already seen progress in its students.

"Our trainers are already excited about it,” he said. “We have two new hire training teams and the response I've been back from them already is that, ‘Gee, the students are already way ahead when they go into the yard to actually start driving a real bus.’”

While TriMet is still developing the program, Morgan noted a student will get a little over an hour training in the simulator.

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