Cameras for all Metro buses within five years?

Six years ago, the issue of Metro bus-driver safety was raised here when a 56-year-old Alki woman was attacked while on the job as a driver in Tukwila. (Her teenage attacker was arrested and convicted.) Metro has since installed cameras in almost half its buses, and says the number of driver assaults is down by more than half since 2008 – 77 last year – but now after another high-profile attack (yesterday in Auburn), County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for more cameras. He announced this afternoon that he “will request funding in the supplemental budget to install cameras in 80 percent of Metro’s bus fleet by early 2019 and 100 percent by early 2021.” More details here.

2 Replies to "Cameras for all Metro buses within five years?"

  • d February 25, 2016 (3:28 pm)

    Now we just need all of the police to accept cameras in their cars so readily if you’re not breaking the law you have nothing to hide hint hint nudge nudge

  • D Del Rio February 26, 2016 (7:50 am)

     Shouldn’t we have had cameras on buses a long time ago? I assumed that all buses had them. I still have witnessed several incidents on the so called Rapid Ride that have caused me great concern for my safety. I know many people who refuse do ride the bus for this reason. There have been times that I have thought of purchasing a gun for my safety, and I used to be for gun control.  

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