Is Enough Being Done to Stop the Assault on Bus Operators?

This article examines the history of assaults on bus drivers and the methods agencies have utilized to protect their operators. There is no standardized system for tracking the number of driver assaults. New York City Transit reported 236 during 2008. An accompanying chart lists aggravated assaults on operators in 24 additional agencies. The author describes training sessions that use videos of incidents handled correctly or incorrectly by operators, self-defense methods--such as kicking or spraying pepper gel--and the installation of driver partitions in some instances. An accompanying article explains the increased security measures that Greyhound introduced after the 9/11 attacks. These include: surveillance cameras, hand searches of carry-on bags, onboard communications systems that contact 911 dispatchers, and driver shields. The author also describes efforts to protect bus operators at the state and federal levels.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 32-34, 36, 38, 40-42
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141260
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2009 9:59AM