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Rider punches a Metro bus operator in the face, breaking her tooth
April 30, 2018: Last Wednesday, a rider took a Yellow Line train to chase down a bus operator where he proceeded to punch her in the face, breaking her tooth.
The incident happened in the 11 p.m. hour at the Huntington Metro station in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the operator and other witnesses on the bus, the rider became irate because he missed the bus at the Braddock Rd Metro station, so he decided to chase down the operator by riding a train to her next stop and confront her about his frustration.
When the man boarded the bus at Huntington, another rider attempted to intervene before the incident became physical. The other rider was the first person the assailant attacked. The assailant then reached around the bus shield to punch the bus operator. Readmore here
Local 689 responds to Metro's dishonest remarks about track maintenance crew sent to Baltimore
February 13, 2018: On February 10 and 11, 2018, a crew of 20 track maintenance workers (pictured), represented by ATU Local 689, and six supervisors, traveled to the Baltimore transit system to perform essential track repair work.
The report by WMATA to the Washington Post that the crew was sent to Baltimore to provide “technical assistance” is a slap in the face to the hard-working crew who traveled to Baltimore at a time that their subway system has been rendered inoperable. Based on Metro’s response, it is clear the people of Baltimore, who depend on their rail system, are more appreciative of the work done by these Metro workers than Metro’s own leadership who instead find it more convenient to scapegoat them when problems arise on the Metro system. Read complete press release here.
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