Two bus drivers attacked by passengers

June 12, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN — TWO BROOKLYN BUS DRIVERS were assaulted by passengers last week in what the Transit Workers’ Union says is a recent spike in attacks against MTA employees on the job, reports CBS News. Both attackers are still on the loose. One driver who wanted to remain anonymous spoke to CBS, saying that while nearing the end of her route on Friday morning, a passenger began punching her in the face and threatening to kill her after missing his stop: “I opened the door because I thought about my precious kids that I wanted to get home to.” On Saturday, a second driver was slashed, and was in too much pain to attend a Monday TWU press conference on the attacks.

Violence against transit workers is down compared to last year, but workers say that this isn’t enough, and want an increased NYPD presence on buses: “We are not the public’s punching bag. And eventually something’s going to happen, and the transit workers are going to march with their feet and I’m going to be right with them,” TWU Local 100 President Richard Davis said.

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