Greater Cleveland RTA considering plastic enclosure, other safety options.
In light of two recent violent confrontations on Greater Cleveland RTA buses, officials are considering more safety precautions for drivers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and WEWS reported. Last month, a video of a driver uppercutting a passenger in Beachwood went viral, and another incident last week sparked government officials to start asking questions. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page The RTA reported in October that 71 driver assaults have been reported in the past five years. Do you think drivers should be in a plexiglass enclosure? What else should the RTA do to prevent driver assaults? Tell us in the comments!
Artis Hughes has been terminated, the RTA said today, in part because the company argues that his actions were not in self defense.
The Greater Cleveland RTA bus driver depicted in a viral video punching a passenger has been fired, the RTA said today. Artis Hughes, 59, of Cleveland, was terminated by the RTA today because he did not follow RTA protocol in handling an unruly passenger on a route Sept. 18 in Beachwood, the RTA said. See all posts on this topic: RTA Uppercut Topic Page Shidea Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began —which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — that ended in the notorious uppercut delivered by the angry bus driver. Though the RTA acknowledged in a press release that Lane was out of line that day, the company asserted that Hughes did not react properly to the threat, and his…