Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Incident on the the Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
He stopped to pick up a passenger who was smoking an e-cigarette. He informed the man the e-cigarettes are not allowed on Trimet buses or property. A conversation ensued after which the passenger took a seat in the back of the bus.
Another rider, who was seated in the middle section of the bus decided to become part of the conversation. It just so happens that this other rider has had some words in the past with this driver. The discussion between the second rider and the driver escalated and started turning nasty
The driver was threatened so he called "police emergency" on the radio. (dispatch here).
The argument continued and got to the point where the driver felt he could be assaulted so he got off the bus. The police where no where to be seen.
At this point a third person followed the driver off the bus. This man ended up physically assaulting the driver and stealing his back pack. The police had still not arrived at the incident.
Apparently there has been a pattern of serious delays in police response to incidents involving bus drivers. This is a serious issue and needs to be addressed! Riders and Drivers are in grave danger and need to be assured that calls for help will be answered promptly!
The driver has been on administrative leave since the incident.
The story doesn't even end here. Trimet in its infinite wisdom has decided to levy a 5 day suspension against the driver for 'abandoning the bus'. How's that for justice?
Driving a bus at Trimet is thankless work and if you expect your company to actually stand up for its employees you will be sadly disappointed .