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After Rock Attacks, Metro Wants to Reduce Bus Service

In a story that sounds like it's more out of a dystopian future than Washington in 2012, Metro has announced that it wants to reduce bus service in certain parts of the Anacostia bus loop line because its vehicles are getting hit by too many rocks.

In a new set of proposed route changes, the transit agency plans to cut a three-street loop from the W6 and W8 bus lines after 8 p.m., and increase the wait time between buses in the evening. Here's Metro's reasoning:

Remove service from areas that experience repeated incidents of physical damage to buses from rock throwing, which endangers bus operators and customers.

What is this, Children of Men?

"We don’t have exact statistics, but it would be safe to say that rock-throwing incidents occur several times a week, and sometimes on a daily basis," writes Metro spokesman Philip Stewart in an email. Several public meetings are scheduled later this month about the changes.

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  • Anon

    Wouldn't it make more sense to have undercover Metro police shadow the buses and bust the rock throwers?

  • whatthewhat

    I agree, Anon. But how often does Metro care about what is sensible?

  • lovessoldier

    Let's punish those that are forced to work at night, get off school late and whom attend social activities after 8 who ride this route. We can't simply ask the officers that we pay to do their jobs. Even though they are never around or available when a crime actually happens on METRO, we know there is a crime happening after 8 we just don't want their uniforms to get wrinkled. Metro Rocks!!

  • Typical DC BS

    Maybe the rock throwers should be pointed out by the community? But no, that would involve snitching, wouldn't it?

  • ToTheContrary

    I don't blame Metro. The operators should get hazardous duty pay for driving those routes.Imagine what they will do to the streetcars. Just sayin'.

  • 20011

    "Wouldn't it make more sense to have undercover Metro police shadow the buses and bust the rock throwers?"

    No, it wouldn't. Why would it matter if they were uniformed or not if they're on the buses? What are they going to do? Tell the bus driver to stop immediately so they can chase these hellians back into Barry Farms?

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  • DC_LovesYou

    It's time to clean house over here in Anacostia of these horrible housing projects with kids galore. . I blame the parents.

  • maktoo

    Why not have the drivers point out the most frequent rock-throwing spots and have a cop sit on those corners several evenings a week? That would solve the problem - little punks won't throw rocks when the officer is looking right at them.