CLEVELAND – Cleveland City Council will introduce a bill requesting $2 million from the RTA board of trustees for cameras to be installed on all buses. The move was prompted by the viral bus attack involving a woman and driver Artis Hughes.
On Monday, Cleveland city councilman Kevin Conwell will introduce an amendment to the misconduct involving a public transportation system ordinance. It already includes school bus drivers and crossing guards, but if passed, will include the Regional Transit Authority worker, driver or operator.
Conwell said he was asked by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 268 to try and push the legislation through to protect RTA workers.
“The party atmosphere which I believe caused the episode with Artis Hughes and the female.”
Hughes was videotaped on a cellphone punching a woman on his bus who he said became unruly and spit on him. The video went viral and was seen around the country.
Hughes was later fired after the incident.
“Riding the bus we need to change the culture. [Bus drivers] need to be protected. They want to know that the city has their back,” said Conwell.
In a nutshell, the amendment includes no one being able to play music without headphones, no eating and drinking, you can’t spit on someone, and it makes it unlawful to strike a driver or public transit system police officer.
“Last month, RTA met with city council and asked them to increase these penalties. And now the city council is moving on our request and we are very pleased with that,” said Jerry Masek, a spokesman for RTA.
RTA plans to ask its board of trustees Tuesday for more than $2 million to install cameras on all city buses, except ones they plan to retire.
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