NYC bus drivers plead for protection from assaults

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City bus drivers are facing a spate of assaults from passengers while on the job. And they are calling for more to be done to protect them.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, about 88 drivers are assaulted each year and about a thousand more are harassed.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 has rallied at MTA board meetings. The union is calling for the installation of more security cameras and protective partitions on buses, along with an overall increase in services.

The MTA says it plans to have about 2,500 buses with partitions and almost 2,900 buses with cameras by the end of 2015. But drivers complain that it is too little too late.

The current fleet of buses stands at 5,700.

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