- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Transit Authority plans to beef up its driver training following a recent pedestrian death.

Fifty-one-year-old Aimee Coath of Flossmoor died after being struck by a bus that initially stopped at a Michigan Avenue red light but then went through the signal. The bus hit several vehicles during the evening rush hour on June 2.

The 48-year-old driver had worked nine months for the CTA. He was issued two traffic citations by police.

Transit Authority President Dorval Carter Jr. told the Chicago Tribune (bit.ly/1SbrAEF ) that the current five-week training program for newly hired drivers will be expanded by one week.

New drivers work part-time and are assigned the most difficult routes because of seniority rules. Many work split shifts in the mornings and evenings, with lengthy breaks in between.

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