2002-07-13 / Letters

Terror On A Green Bus

Dear Editor;

I have, for many years, been a regular visitor to Fort Tilden, and use the Green Line to get out there. This past Sunday, June 23rd, my friend Jennifer Eaton and I, after waiting one and a half hours for a Green Line bus leaving the peninsula, (and watching several Q35 buses skip our stop at Beach 169th) were told by the driver of a crowded Green Line bus to board from the rear of the bus. The unruly patrons on the back of the bus held the door closed, and when my friend got her hand in the door and told those on the bus she wasn't letting go until they allowed us to board, they opened the door and began screaming at her.

My friend was then punched twice on the bus -- and the driver, instead of dealing with the violent, screaming and threatening passengers, simply started up the bus and proceeded on his way -- with a busload of people screaming and threatening each other. We were terrified -- on a crowded moving bus with nowhere to go. Had Jennifer not had her cell phone and called 911 immediately, we fear we would have been attacked severely  -- and there would have been a near-riot on that bus (bus number 1770, by the way -- Jennifer placed her call around 6 p.m.) The police finally got to us and pulled the bus over near Kings Plaza. I have never had such a frightening experience using mass transit in NYC.

We both have called DOT and Green Line to complain. And we'd be happy to share any comments with you and the Wave. We truly feel that it is just a matter of time -- given the buses' overcrowding, severe delays, and driver negligence -- until someone will get assaulted more violently -- stabbed, shot or worse on these buses. The Green Line Company is truly putting lives in danger at this point.


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