Addressing the Problem of Assault on MTA Buses
Below are a recap of statistics culled from the MTA's Department of System Safety reports to the NYS Department of Labor.
These reports only include statistics from the NYCT and MaBSTOA Depots; they do not include statistics from the depots of MTA Bus Company.
Anonymized raw data are available upon request.
The incident led Local 100 and the MTA to raise vigilance around the threat of assaults. Greater reporting of incidents, protective barriers, and other measures were discussed and implemented.
Where Are We Today on the Assault Problem?
From January 2009 through November 2015, there were 1,196 individual assaults reported through the NYS Department of Labor's Form SH-900.1 Equivalent.
Where is the Problem Concentrated?
Assaults are disproportionately concentrated in just three depots: West Farms, Kingsbridge, and East New York. These depots primarily serve routes in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Assaults on Bus Operators since 2009, % by Bus Depot
System Safety data classifies assaults by the Agent used and Injury Type.
- "Infectious & parasitic agents" includes saliva.
- "Human" is a catch-all for unarmed attacks.