Attacks On SEPTA Bus Drivers Continue To Grow

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 45-year-old SEPTA bus driver is recovering from injuries he sustained over the weekend.

The victim picked up a group of teens at 52nd and Chestnut in West Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. By the time he got to 54th and Greenway Avenue in Kingsessing, police say three teenaged boys dragged him off the Route 52 bus, and punched him repeatedly.

Eyewitness News has learned there have been 152 assaults against SEPTA bus drivers since 2009, 100 of them were forced to take off from work, as a result of their injuries.

“It’s extremely frustrating to go work,” said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey. “You don’t expect to be assaulted.”

Casey says SEPTA bus drivers are trained to handle violent situations. Transit police and Philadelphia police already monitor the bus activity on the regular basis. Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents SEPTA employees, says they would like to see more police on buses.

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  1. Wise One says:

    It would be nice if the drivers had a way to eject these violent savages from their seats through the roof, as jet pilots do when their plane is in trouble.

  2. jim says:

    I wis.h they had remote controlled robot transit.Science fiction up till now.An idea whose time has come

  3. mark says:

    I lived in Philadelphia for 6 years I have to say Septa drivers are rude and nasty overall I don’t miss them

  4. Linda D Bryant says:

    IT’S HARD TO FIND A PLEASANT SEPTA BUS DRIVER THESE DAYS. MOST OF THEM SIT UP ALL HIGH AND MIGHTY ON THEIR SEATS AS IF THEY ARE SITTING ON A THRONE AND THEY ARE DOING THE PUBLIC A FAVOR BY THEM DRIVING THEIR BUS.

    MAYBE THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS FOR SO MUCH OF THE VIOLENCE THAT IS BEING HEAPED UPON THEM.

    YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN WITH VINEGAR!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jim Wilmer says:

    Its just the mob mentality. The leader begins it; from there the rest try to impress and out do the last teen. Whether its throwing a wad of paper or insult. it escalates. Just think of the people who depend on the bus a mile or so away; they lost their way to see a doctor or work. All because of teens having fun.

  6. amisstree says:

    Arm the bus drivers, these shenanigans will stop!!

  7. ANGELICA says:

    I THINK ALL PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS K-12TH SHOULD MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR KIDS TO GET PICKED UP IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE AND DROPPED OFF IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE BY SCHOOL BUS. OR MAKE IT MANDATORY THAT PARENTS MUST DROP KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL AND PICK UP THEIR KIDS FROM SCHOOL. ALSO MANDATORY BACKPACK CHECKS, RANDOM LOCKER CHECKS AND METAL DETECTERS IN EVER DOOR WAY IN EVERY SCHOOL WITH A SECURITY GUARD. THESE KIDS WANT TO ACT A FOOL GOING TO SCHOOL AND COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL THEN THEY SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO RUN THE STREETS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION. ITS TIME TO MAKE THE STREETS SAFE FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO WORK WITHOUT GETTING HURT FROM THESE KIDS, FOR KIDS TO BE SAFE IN SCHOOL AND HAVE A SAFE WAY TO GO TO SCHOOL AND GET HOME FROM SCHOOL. AS PARENTS WE SHOULD ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN SAFE AND UNHARMED. AS WELL AS NOT WANTING OUR KIDS HARMING OTHERS AND MAKING IT HARD FOR PEOPLE TO DO THEIR JOB. IF YOUR GROWN ENOUGH TO HAVE YOUR KIDS YOU SHOULD BE GROWN ENOUGH TO TEACH THEM RITE FROM WRONG AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR EVERY LITTLE THING THEY DO, GOOD OR BAD. ITS TIME TO BETTER OUR CITY AND MAKE IT SAFE FOR EVERY ONE FROM THE DOCTORS AND THE COPS DOWN TO THE HOMELESS AND THE DRUG ADDICS.

  8. misterlucky says:

    that’s what happens when you drive like your rolling an Abrams tank through Kuwait…and just like a US soldier, spending more time killing women and babies than getting a job done.

    1. amisstree says:

      ?

  9. Bernard says:

    Ralph Kramden wouldn’t want to be a bus driver in today’s world!

  10. misterlucky says:

    what a shame. how sad. all my tiny, twisted mind can dwell on is the brake pumping, and sudden starts, that always coincide with me trying to get up or sit down. i won”t forget the snowy sunday evening a year ago, when , in the ice, a SEPTA driver gunned his engine past a red light, and slid past the stop at cedarbrook mall, and sat humped up at the light for a left at easton rd., confident i wouldn’t be able to navigate the hill in time to catch him at the next stop on wadsworth…as the driver, they maintain a sense of anxiety and trepidation, due to their inherent incompetence as drivers. If they’re not interested in getting their butts kicked, then they should keep their big mouths shut,,,,and drive.

  11. bob says:

    If I didnt get run off the road or cut off by these a s s h o l e s on a weekly basis, I might feel sorry for them.

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