TARC officials taking closer look at safety after string of incidents


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 6:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A string of incidents on TARC buses over the last week and a half has the union that represents drivers and TARC officials taking a closer look at safety

The recent violence even has riders on edge.

It's crazy. It's getting ugly out here. No place is safe anymore," Mary Anthony, a TARC rider, said.

Anthony and her son rely on the TARC bus every day to get to work, to day care and around town. But the rash of recent incidents on buses has her rethinking her options

"You have kids getting on the bus; children, my son's age. Who's to say if me and my son were on that bus that anything like that could happen," Anthony said.

That concern from passengers and drivers has the attention of TARC officials, LMPD and the union that represents drivers. Union President Jonathan Dooley met with safety officials to talk about how to keep everyone that gets on the bus safe.

"Youth are on the up rise for what reason I don’t know. Drivers are sometimes put in a challenging situation," Jonathan Dooley, President of Almagamated Transit Union, said. 

In recent weeks there was a deadly stabbing on a TARC bus and a driver was threatened with guns. Then, most recently, on Sunday, March 23, a group of teens boarded a TARC bus and threatened a 16-year-old for bus fare. The 16-year-old pulled a knife and injured one of the teens in the group. Two of the teens were taken into custody.

The latest TARC incident comes on the same weekend there was a mob of teen violence that swept through downtown Louisville, resulting in 17 assaults and burglaries.

Police are investigating and released the following statement:

"Police have not ruled out [Sunday’s] teenager assault on the bus as being connected to the other teen mob assaults."