The woman charged with disorderly conduct in the RTA uppercut incident that went viral was sentenced Tuesday.
CLEVELAND - ATU Local 268 President William H. Nix fielded calls on Tuesday from his union members and from RTA, which issued a policy for his drivers not to talk to the media or they will be reprimanded.
This, after three severe assaults on drivers in the last seven weeks prompted news conferences by the union.
Nix said he hopes a push for plastic enclosures means they will be installed on RTA's 450 buses to protect the drivers and their passengers. He also wants stricter laws to thwart future attacks on drivers.
"We want a joint effort with RTA that, hey, our job is to make certain that our members are safe out there and to make sure the passengers are safe," Nix said.
Several large cities are using the shields already. New Jersey recently approved a $1.82 million contract for their fleet of 820 buses. City transit agencies in Boston, New York City and Miami-Dade County in Florida have already implemented their use with success.
While they may protect drivers, there is concern that if a driver has any medical problems while driving that passengers or EMS workers will not be able to help them quickly enough.
Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell pushed for a resolution to strengthen the laws against passengers for attacks on drivers. All safety concerns regarding the shields and new laws will be discussed at Cleveland City Council's meeting room Wednesday.
"I'm not saying I'm against the shields, but we have to look at the pros and the cons," Conwell said.
The RTA driver involved in an altercation on his bus was sentenced Tuesday.
RTA police are investigating the assault on an off-duty bus driver on Thursday.
The woman charged with disorderly conduct in the RTA uppercut incident that went viral was found guilty after changing her plea Tuesday morning.
The infamous RTA uppercut assault is back in the headlines Tuesday as rider Shidea Lane enters a plea change in Shaker Heights Municipal Court.
Shidea Lane, the female passenger in the RTA assault case, had a court appearance scheduled for Thursday morning continued to a later date.
The RTA bus driver caught on video punching a female bus passenger has changed his plea.
As part of a move to increase safety on RTA buses and trains, a Cleveland city councilman will ask RTA's general manager to allow police officers to ride the transit lines for free.
Cleveland City Council will introduce a bill that deals with penalties for misconduct on RTA buses.
The Cleveland RTA union voted in favor of arbitration for the bus driver who was fired after being caught on video punching a rider.