Driver’s Union Calls For Safer AC Transit Buses

RICHMOND (KCBS) — A call is going out for more safety and protection for AC Transit bus drivers and passengers in North Richmond.

The call is coming from the bus drivers’ union after a bullet shattered an AC Transit bus window earlier this month and now the transit agency has responded with an action plan.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Past president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, Claudia Hudson, said this is one of the worst areas for violence on buses.

“We can’t wait until a passenger is killed and we cannot wait until a bus driver is killed before somebody jumps up and says enough is enough,” said Hudson.

Passengers and drivers have seen their share of violence in the unincorporated community.

Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said security will be enhanced.

“From the hours of 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. all of our buses that are going through that corridor will be shadowed by Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies,” said Johnson.

He also said all AC Transit buses in North Richmond will now be equipped with surveillance cameras.

Meanwhile Hudson, who drove a bus for 30 years, said it’s not uncommon for drivers to fear for their lives when working in this community.

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