August 21, 2014

TTD wants summit on bus operator assaults

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Last month in Olympia, Wash., passengers on a city bus witnessed their driver being brutally beaten in an attack that was caught on video for the world to see. The footage is alarming and sickening. It was not, unfortunately, uncommon. From sexual and physical assaults to verbal abuse, the nation’s bus drivers are facing an [...]

Suspected gunman dies after Seattle bus shooting

SEATTLE – When a 64-year-old transit bus driver saw three people board at the rear of his bus during the Monday morning rush hour in downtown Seattle, he asked them to come up front to pay. Two did. The third passenger paced back and forth, then hit the driver and shot him twice before running [...]

Services announced for Metro bus operator Gamboa

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Services for SMART Transportation member and Los Angeles Metro bus operator Olivia Gamboa, 47, who was killed June 12 in a head-on crash with a speeding flatbed tow truck while operating her bus, have been finalized, Bus Vice President Bonnie Morr reports. A viewing will be held Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the [...]

Bus drivers say pesticides are making them ill

Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill — sometimes while behind the wheel — from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At least 14 Metro drivers are pursuing workers’ compensation claims, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying, according [...]

At L.A. motorcycle show, this ‘knucklehead’ is tops

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Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts who entered custom bikes in the Easyriders® 2013 Bike Show in Anaheim, Calif., were apparently barking up the wrong tree. When it was all said and done, Howard “Tree” Slayton’s replica 1947 Knucklehead Harley-Davidson Radical Chopper was the cream of the crop. Tree is Los Angeles Metro bus operator Howard Slayton, [...]

UTU bus operator drives home his price

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LOS ANGELES — A Thursday morning in February started like most for bus operator and UTU Local 1564 member Darwin Dawson — making fruit and vegetable protein shakes for fellow Division 18 workers as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s health and wellness program. By afternoon, Dawson was standing on the set [...]