Yesterday, on the X2 and G8 bus lines, two separate incidents occurred where MetroBus operators were threatened with firearms. Every day since August 26, the day urine was thrown on an X2 bus operator, a MetroBus operator has been spat on and in one instance an operator was kidnapped.
Assaults against Metro employees are unacceptable. We are calling for an immediate increase in transit police presence to curb these incidents and ensure that Metro is safe for both riders and employees. Furthermore, we are calling on each jurisdiction, starting with Washington D.C., to enhance protections for transit workers by classifying assault against workers as a felony. Transit assaults are at an epidemic level and Metro’s lazy response has put its employees and the riding public at risk. It will no longer be tolerated by this Union or the riding public.