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Assaults on Transit Workers

From Winnipeg, MB, to Washington, DC, to Phoenix, AZ, to Toronto, ON assaults on ATU members and all transit workers have become an epidemic. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear stories about bus operators and other transit workers being punched, stabbed, yelled at, spit on, shot at, and worse.

In the past five years, there has been a dramatic increase in the level and intensity of senseless attacks on transit workers.  The impact on the victims is clear. Broken eye sockets. Deep puncture wounds. The loss of certain bodily functions. And while broken bones heal with time, the emotional scars linger indefinitely.

After brutal attacks transit workers are constantly looking over their shoulder in paranoia, many cannot come back to work. For women who are victims of unspeakable sexual assaults on the vehicles, life is of course never the same again.

ATU has been calling on transit agencies and elected officials to better protect bus drivers, transit workers, and riders for some time. In the U.S. thanks to the efforts of the International, local leaders and our U.S. members, ATU was able to secure language in the FAST Act transit bill that requires the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to issue new rules to address the issue of bus operator assault. That process is now underway. In Canada ATU has been pushing for legislation to stiffen penalties against those who attack transit workers.

Here you can find resources and more information about attacks on transit workers including a series of videos, reports and recent news stories about attacks on our members.


Transit Assaults: A Disturbing Trend


Ripped from the Headlines
Bus Drivers Under Attack:

Canadian Report (PDF)
United States Report (PDF)


Recent Headlines

Man arrested after spitting on, fighting with Winnipeg bus driver

Passenger throws coffee on Toronto bus driver

Threatened Milwaukee bus driver suffering from PTSD

KCATA bus struck by gunfire; no one hurt


Help Stop Assault on Transit Workers

In what job do you need to worry about being spit on, yelled at, punched or even stabbed while asking people for money. Drug dealer might come to mind. But certainly not transit bus driver unless you ask a bus driver.

Click here to sign a petition calling on the Federal Transit Administration to take immediate action to stop attacks on transit workers.