The Shortcomings of Mass Transit
and Car Pooling
Few things are as unappealing to me as the prospect of riding across Dallas on a bus or train, accompanied by a variety of unsavory strangers.  Mass transit is one of many supposedly good ideas that may not be good at all.  Left-wing politicians love the idea of mass transit, because it means greater control of our everyday lives and another way to raise money.

Information about Amtrak — all of it unfavorable — is available here.

Subsections on this page:

Criminals, psychopaths, and unruly passengers
The police state on wheels
Health and safety concerns
Unreliable drivers and unexpected delays
The death of Jordan Neely in the New York subway

Subsections on page two:

Car pools
High speed rail projects
Other countries' experiences with high-speed rail
Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Great promises never come to pass
Mass transit comes with a hefty price tag
Mass transit is unpopular
Cost overruns and wasted taxpayer dollars
Pork barrel politics
An atmosphere of secrecy, corruption and graft
The Indoctrination of a Captive Audience
Other related information

Also nearby:

California's high speed rail project

Criminals, psychopaths, and unruly passengers

When you climb aboard any mass-transit venue, you share the ride — knowingly or not — with a number of nasty smelly strangers, many of whom should be (or have been) in prison.


Does public transit spread crime?  Evidence from temporary rail station closures.  Abstract:  We test whether public transit access affects crime using a novel identification strategy based on temporary, maintenance-related closures of stations in the Washington, DC rail transit system.  The closures generate plausibly exogenous variation in transit access across space and time, allowing us to test the popular notion that crime can be facilitated by public transit.  Closing one station reduces crime by 5% in the vicinity of stations on the same train line.  Most of this effect remains after controlling for decreased ridership, indicating that a decrease in the availability of victims does not drive most of our results.  We find suggestive evidence that crime falls more at stations that tend to import crime, i.e. stations where perpetrators are less likely to live.

How Public Transit Undermines Safety.  [Scroll down]  Of all the transit modes, light rail has the worst crime rate.  Light rail's violent-crimes-against-persons rate (murder, rape, robbery, and assault) of 284 per billion passenger-miles is almost 50 percent higher than heavy rail (195) and three times higher than the rate for bus transit (97).  Light rail's crimes-against-property rate (larceny, theft, burglary, and arson) of 779 per billion passenger-miles is 20 percent higher than heavy rail (641) and five times higher than the rate for bus transit (144).  Consequently, it looks as though a decision to replace buses with light rail is very likely a decision that will bring more crime to an area.

Bay Area sees spike in violent crime on its transit system.  Violent crimes on San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit system — BART — have climbed 69 percent in the past decade — even as crime has dropped across California, according the state's Department of Justice.  The troubling numbers, released earlier this month, detail 428 violent BART crimes in 2017, most of which were robberies.  That's nearly double the 254 total violent crimes recorded in 2007.  And 2018's tally of violent crimes — 222 for the first six months of the year, compared to 218 for the same period last year — is on pace to surpass 2017's numbers.

Violent crime:

Man found not criminally responsible for setting woman on fire while on TTC bus.  The man who killed a woman by lighting her on fire while on a TTC bus at Kipling Subway Station in 2022 has been found not criminally responsible for his actions due to mental disorder.  Tenzin Norbu, 33, of Toronto, admitted to the killing after he was charged with first-degree murder.  The two did not know each other.  Norbu approached Dolma and asked her if she was Tibetan, to which Dolma replied "yes."  Norbu then pulled out a jar of lighter fluid and poured in on Dolma and lit it.  [Apparently irrelevant tweet]  Nyima died of her injuries 18 days after the attack.  Norbu pleaded not guilty on the grounds of his mental state.  "The only issue to be decided in this trial is whether Mr. Norbu has proven on a balance of probabilities that at the time he killed Ms. Dolma he was not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder," the judge wrote.

Man Is Brutally Beaten And Stabbed By Another Man For No Reason While Waiting For The Train In Santa Clara.  A man was viciously attacked on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority platform.  The security video showed the 45-year-old man being beaten for no reason.  The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office released the video of the unprovoked attack that happened on Wednesday at 1:12 p.m.  In the video, you can see the man approach the victim on the VTA platform and punch him in the face without warning.  Once the victim is on the ground, the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Andrew Perez, continues to punch and kick him.  As the attack continues, Perez starts using an object in his hand to try to stab or cut the victim.  [Video clip]

Teen Girl Waiting For The Bus Is Brutally Assaulted And Robbed In Long Beach.  A teen girl was assaulted and robbed while sitting on a bench in Long Beach on Thursday, and the violent mid-day attack was caught on video.  According to the Long Beach Police Department, officers responded to the area of Studebaker Road and Keynote Street at 3:09 p.m. on calls of a robbery.  Two teen girls were sitting on a bench and waiting to be picked up when surveillance video captured a black sedan pulling up with two men inside.  After the suspect sat next to the teens for a moment, he lunged over and began throwing punches while violently grabbing at one of the girl's necklaces.  [Video clip]

Straphanger shot and wounded on NYC subway as gunman remains at large.  A man was shot and wounded on an uptown 4 train on the Upper East Side early Sunday, and the shooter is still at large.  The 31-year-old victim was shot in his left hand while on the train at East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue around 2:30 a.m.  Sunday, police told The [New York] Post.

Online Survey: 83 Percent Say They Don't Feel Safe on Nashville's Public Buses.  Eighty-three percent of people who answered a Fox 17 News online survey said they do not feel safe on Metro Nashville's WeGo public buses.  Fox 17 posted the survey to X after a recent string of violent incidents at WeGo locations in Nashville and criticism of Mayor Freddie O'Connell's efforts to invest in the city's public buses.  [Tweet]

Lunatic Tosses Flaming Liquid On Random Subway Rider In NYC.  The deranged nut who tossed flaming liquid at an unsuspecting straphanger also tried to torch a group of commuters at a Manhattan subway station earlier this year, cops said Sunday.  The suspect, Nile Taylor, 49, gave an icy stare to photographers as he was led from Transit District 2 to Manhattan court for arraignment in the weekend case Sunday afternoon.  Taylor was in custody on an assault rap in the fiery Saturday attack on 23-year-old Petrit Alijaj at the Varick Street station in Manhattan when he was identified and charged in a similar Feb. 5 incident at the West 28th Street subway station, too, police said.  [Video clip]

NYC Subway Rider Set Alight as Flaming Liquid Is Thrown on Him.  Police on Saturday arrested a man after a 23-year-old was set on fire on a New York City subway.  New York police then realized they had been looking for him for weeks.  Nile Taylor, 49, was arrested not long after the Saturday afternoon incident, according to WABC-TV.  Taylor was charged with assault, arson, and reckless engagement.  He is also charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.  While Taylor was in custody, police realized they had been looking for the suspect in a similar incident that took place on Feb. 5, according to the New York Post.  [Tweet]  [Advertisement]  The February incident took place at the West 28th Street subway station.  Video shows a man police had identified as Taylor holding two cans of burning liquid.  The cans were thrown at people at the station, but no one was hurt.

Man sentenced for 'daylight gunning down' of Maryland Transit Administration bus driver.  A man who went on the run after shooting and killing his co-worker at the Maryland Transit Administration after she finished her shift as a bus driver in Baltimore was ordered on Wednesday to serve life in prison with all but 40 years suspended.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Robert K. Taylor Jr. called the killing senseless and bemoaned that two lives were thrown away for nothing as he sentenced Leon Hill, 55, of Windsor Mill, on a charge of first-degree murder.  He must also spend three years on probation.

Man dead after stabbing at Capitol Hill light rail station.  Seattle Fire has confirmed the death of a 37-year-old man after being stabbed multiple times near Capitol Hill light rail station on Saturday.  Crews treated the man before paramedics transported him in critical condition to Harborview Medical Center, according to Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer David Cuerpo.  "The patient was declared deceased at the hospital," Cuerpo said.

17-year-old girl fatally stabbed in neck outside NYC subway station.  A 17-year-old girl was killed in a stabbing outside a Queens subway station Wednesday night — the latest teenager to fall victim to Big Apple crime.  The teen was knifed in the neck on Queens Boulevard just steps from the 46th Street station in Sunnyside shortly before 9:30 p.m., the NYPD said.  The girl, who was not identified, was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Video shows homeless woman brutally attacking Los Angeles bus driver after allegedly demanding a free ride.  vicious fight between a Los Angeles bus driver and the homeless woman who attacked her was captured on cellphone video.  The Los Angeles Police Department said officers responded to the incident at about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday near Central Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard.  Witnesses said that the woman tried to get on the L.A. Dash bus without paying her fare and the bus driver refused, telling her she could not.  The woman then attacked the female bus driver and dragged her off the bus from behind her plexiglass safety barrier.

Homeless Man Who Pushed A Woman In Front Of A NYC Train [is] Found Fit To Stand Trial.  Michelle Go was fatally shoved onto the subway tracks by a homeless man at Times Square on Jan. 15, 2022[.]  Martial Simon, who was previously held in a maximum-security psychiatric facility, has now passed a mental health evaluation and can face murder charges[.]  [Video clip]

13-year-old dead, 4 others injured after sword-wielding attacker goes on rampage in London.  A man wielding a sword went on the attack in London early Tuesday, killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring at least four others, including two cops, after first driving a van into a house, according to authorities.  Shocking images show the unidentified suspect in a yellow hoodie holding the terrifying-looking weapon around 7 a.m. while walking through a street near Hainault Tube station in north-east London. [...] A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene, police said without identifying him.

Man charged with murder after allegedly killing man and eating his face at Las Vegas bus stop.  [Advertisement]  A man has been charged with murder after allegedly killing a man and eating his face at a Las Vegas bus stop.  [Advertisement]  According to KLAS, 29-year-old Colin Czech has been charged with open murder.  [Advertisement]  Police were called to the area at around 5 am Sunday to a report of a man who allegedly tackled another man to the ground near Las Vegas Boulevard near Charleston Boulevard.  Another person called the police around 45 minutes later to report that they saw a man on top of another man at a bus stop "eating" the other man's face.

Los Angeles's Transit System Declares Public Safety Emergency Amid Escalating Violence.  Following a spate of shockingly violent attacks on Metro buses and trains in recent weeks, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority[,] better known as Metro[,] declared a public safety emergency April 25 and hastened plans to retrofit its entire fleet of buses with shatter-proof glass compartments to protect drivers, while increasing other safety and surveillance measures.  John M. Ellis, General Chairman of a union representing 5,000 Metro train and bus operators, said the approval came after "countless hurdles." [...] [I]n Los Angeles, spilling over into the transit system is the city's spiraling homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health crises.  Recent attacks across disparate corners of the county include a string of assaults on Metro bus operators, as well as the brutal April 22 slaying of a passenger — a 66-year-old grandmother aboard Metro's Red Line.

Deranged Thug Beats On Oklahoma City Bus Driver.  Shocking video footage captures the moment that an out-of-control passenger brawls with the driver of a moving bus — which crashes into an Oklahoma City business.  The wild clip shows straphanger Tihron Harrison wailing away at the driver Wednesday as the bus traveled near North Western Avenue and West Britton Road on Saturday — with the two men getting into a drag-out scuffle even as the bus keeps speeding down the road.  A passenger intervenes and pulls Harrison away from the driver — only to have the bus slam into a local storefront, according to a report by WKFOR-TV [sic] News.  Only a seat belt saved the driver from flying through the windshield.  [Video clip]

MTA bus driver pepper-sprayed in the face by 'disorderly passenger' who refused to pay fare: sources.  An MTA bus driver was pepper-sprayed in the face by a "disorderly passenger" who refused to pay the $2.90 fare in Manhattan, police and sources said.  The ugly episode unfolded aboard an M11 bus at West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue shortly before 9 a.m.  Saturday, authorities said.  The 45-year-old male driver was spritzed in the face by the would-be fare beater following the dispute, the sources said.  The eagle-eyed bus operator "saw some cops in the area and waved them down," the sources said.

Kitchen worker left with stitches after NYC subway attacker hits him with beer bottle.  A kitchen worker was left with six stitches after a stranger bashed him in the face with a beer bottle in a Midtown subway attack Wednesday — as the battered victim warned "it's not safe anymore."  Rafael Galves Garcia, 44, was standing on the northbound A and C train platform at Columbus Circle around 10:10 p.m. when a deranged man approached him and asked for a dollar, cops said.  "The guy came up to me and asked for money," Garcia told The [New York] Post in Spanish Thursday afternoon.  "I told him, 'No, I don't have any money.'  I thought he was leaving but he came back and asked me the same thing."  That's when the stranger grabbed a plastic bag Garcia was holding and tried to rip it away from him, he said.

Graphic Video Shows Assailant With Huge Knife Stabbing Man On London Train In Broad Daylight.  A graphic knife attack caught on video on a London train has gone viral.  The victim has been taken to hospital, suffering from life-threatening injuries, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.  The footage was shot around 4:00 p.m.  March 27 on a train journey near Beckenham Junction, Bromley, London, according to The Telegraph.  The video shows an assailant in a hooded top and face mask standing over the prostrate victim seemingly stabbing him with a large blade multiple times as passengers plead with him to stop.  Another person can be heard calling the police.  [Tweet with video clip]

These ARE the bad old days.  SWRpb3Qh
MTA boss admits subway crime a 'nightmare' but vows NYC won't go back to bad old days.  New York City can't surrender and allow the Big Apple to return to the bad old days of subway crime, MTA boss Janno Lieber stressed Wednesday — just days after an innocent straphanger was shoved to his death in the latest violent underground attack.  "This is a nightmare for New Yorkers," Lieber said during a Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting in downtown Manhattan as concerns over transit crime only continue to surge.  "I grew up in New York riding the trains at a time when crime and subway breakdowns were much more frequent.  My kids grew up in a different subway era.  They were able to come and go at all hours of the night feeling safe," the transit chief continued.

78% say NYC subway not safe at night, 24-point bump since 2017, poll shows.  New Yorkers' views on public safety and quality of life in the city dimmed dramatically between 2017 and 2023, with 78% saying last year that they did not feel safe riding the subway at night, according to a poll published Tuesday.  Overall, 30% of New Yorkers graded the quality of life in the city positively, down 21 percentage points from 2017, said the nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission, which polled more than 6,600 city households in the fall.  The commission last conducted the comprehensive survey in 2017.

Manhunt continues for knifeman who stabbed man in front of terrified train passengers.  A search for a knifeman who stabbed a man in front of terrified passengers on a train continues — as a tube station was evacuated last night amid reports of another knifing.  A man has been left with life-threatening injures after he was stabbed on a train at Beckenham Junction yesterday afternoon.  Police launched an appeal for witnesses to come forward, with no arrests made so far.

Enough talk, Mr. Mayor — you must act to stop shocking subway crime.  Yet again, a commuter walks down the subway steps and is carried up in a body bag.  For Mayor Adams, every day is Groundhog Day in the subways.  Two years and nearly three months ago, he started his tenure as mayor with a horrific random attack at a crowded Manhattan subway stop — and vowed a surge in police.  He clocked another horrific random attack at a crowded Manhattan subway stop Monday.  It was the same day his NYPD had vowed a surge in police.  The theatrics aren't working — and he needs to start explaining how and why they're not working.  Just two weeks into Adams' mayoralty, Michelle Go met her pushing death at a Times Square subway stop on a busy Saturday morning.  She died at the hands of a severely mentally ill individual with a long violent record, a man already in violation of his recent parole.

Commuter killed after being pushed in front of moving NYC subway train in unprovoked attack.  A commuter was struck and killed by a Manhattan subway train Monday after being shoved onto the tracks by an emotionally disturbed person in an unprovoked attack, according to police and sources.  The victim was pushed onto the tracks as a northbound 4 train was entering the East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue station in East Harlem just before 7 p.m., police sources said.  The train was unable to stop in time and fatally struck the individual, an adult male whose identity has not been released. [...] The man was pronounced dead shortly after and a suspect, described as an emotionally disturbed person, was taken into custody, according to the sources.  Charges are pending.

The Editor says...
One little detail about the suspect is missing from the article above, but it is included in the next article.

Subway 'Pusher' Arrested For Shoving Victim to His Death Has History of Mental Illness and Arrests Beginning at 16.  A subway 'pusher' accused of pushing a victim to their death in front of a train has been arrested.  At the 125th Street station at Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, Carlton McPherson, 24, allegedly shoved a 45-year-old man onto the tracks as a train headed towards the station.  Even though the attack was unprovoked, authorities have yet to identify the victim.

The Editor says...
You can bet the farm that the victim is white.

NYC Sends Hundreds More Police to the Subways.  The crime problem in New York City's subways has become legendary over the past few years, fueled in part by the invasion of illegal migrants flooding the city.  The Governor and the Mayor have already sent in the National Guard and the State Police in an attempt to combat the problem.  Now the Metropolitan Transit Department and the NYPD have announced that an additional 800 uniformed police officers will be heading into the tunnels.  But their focus won't initially be on the knife-wielding muggers or the maniacs shoving people onto the tracks.  They will be dispatched to the subway platforms to watch out for turnstile jumpers who evade paying their subway fares.  That may sound rather trivial at first glance, but it's actually not, [...]

Man who shot fellow NYC subway rider with his own gun will not be charged.  The 32-year-old New York City subway rider who shot a man on the A train with his own gun will not be charged, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney's office said on Friday.  "Yesterday's shooting inside a crowded subway car was shocking and deeply upsetting," spokesman Oren Yaniv said in a statement, according to NBC News 4.  "The investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing but, at this stage, evidence of self-defense precludes us from filing any criminal charges against the shooter."  As BizPac Review reported, a 36-year-old man aggressively approached a 32-year-old rider and accused him of being an illegal migrant.  The two men exchanged blows that quickly escalated.  After punching the 32-year-old's female companion, who reportedly stabbed him, he pulled a gun out of his pocket.

Disturbing Video Shows Indian Trump Supporter Getting Horribly Terrorized And Assaulted By Man On The Bus.  This heartbreaking video showing an Indian man who is supposedly a Trump supporter getting abused, terrorized and assaulted again and again on a bus has gone viral on Reddit and Twitter.  The allegation is the Indian man said the N-word but in its slang context as hip-hop rappers use it and not in a racist context.  The Indian man tries to apologize again and again but that just seems to fuel the black man's hatred towards him.  [Video clip]

NYC Train Ride Turns Deadly as Man Shot in the Head with His Own Gun in Broad Daylight.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), a Democratic state legislator, recently sent 750 National Guardsmen and 250 officers from other law enforcement agencies under the control of the state to curb crime in New York City's vast subway system.  It was clear that the presence of soldiers on Thursday wasn't enough to deter a blood bath in Brooklyn.  A fight was caught on video on the northbound A Train from Brooklyn.  One man was shot as the large crowd of commuters screamed in terror.  Michael Kemper, NYPD's Chief of Transit said during a press briefing, "A 36-year-old man confronted a 32-year-old man shortly after the man entered the train.  This incident occurred around 4:45 pm."  Multiple witnesses described the older man as "aggressive" and "provocative" towards the 32-year-old who just got on the subway.

Man shoots 'aggressive' NYC subway rider in the head after taking gun off him during fight.  New York City commuters scrambled for cover after an 'aggressive' rider was shot in the head on a subway train during rush hour on Thursday.  The shooting occurred on a northbound A train in Brooklyn shortly after 4.45 pm, when a verbal dispute between two strangers escalated into a fight.  A 32-year-old man boarded the train at the Nostrand Avenue stop and was approached by a 36-year-old man who appeared to be 'aggressive and provocative,' according to witnesses.

Chaotic Scene On The NYC Subway As Two Men Brawl.  Police say a 32-year-old man boarded the train at the Nostrand Avenue Station.  As the train started moving, police say he was approached by a 36-year-old man who was already on the train.  Witnesses described the 36-year-old as aggressive and provocative towards the 32-year-old man.  The two exchanged words, which turned physical and led to the 36-year-old to take out a knife or a razor blade.  Police say the 36-year-old put the sharp object down and that's when he retrieved a gun from his jacket.  The 36-year-old started to walk toward the 32-year-old with the firearm, in a menacing way, which is when the fight once again turned physical.  During the physical altercation, the gun taken from the 36-year-old by the 32-year-old, who then fired shots, striking the 36-year-old aggressor in the head.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Apparently the two combatants took turns escalating the fight, until one of them produced a gun and ended it.

Straphanger slashed in neck by stranger in latest unprovoked violence in NYC subway.  A stranger slashed a 27-year-old woman in the neck in a Brooklyn subway station — the latest unprovoked attack in the Big Apple's troubled transit system, cops said.  The straphanger was walking down the steps of the Nos. 2 and 5 subway station at Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope around 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday when a man knifed her from behind without warning, cops and sources said.  The woman, an Upper West Side resident, was taken to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, authorities said. [...] The random crime comes a week after an MTA conductor was whacked in the head with a glass bottle by a stranger in the Bronx Wednesday — also without provocation, cops said.

Black Gang Fight at Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas.  A vicious scene erupted outside a Las Vegas casino, where scores of teenagers engaged in a large-scale brawl believed to have been coordinated through social media channels.  The altercation commenced on the evening of March 9th at the junction of West Lone Mountain Road and Rancho Drive.  Leading up to the chaos, online postings promoting a gathering dubbed the 'Santa Fe Station Shutdown' circulated widely, rallying teenagers to converge at the Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino.  Upon arrival, however, the group encountered resistance from casino security, who barred their entry.  [Video clip]

Straphanger hit by subway loses both her feet after boyfriend pushes her onto tracks during argument: cops.  A woman lost both her feet after her boyfriend allegedly pushed her onto the subway tracks — where she was struck by a train in Manhattan, police sources said.  The victim, 29, was not immediately identified.  The southbound 3 train was pulling into the Fulton Street Station at Chambers Street Saturday at 10:25 a.m. when it hit her, severing her feet, cops said.

NYC mobilizing 1,000 National Guard troops to patrol subways.  Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is bringing in 1,000 National Guard troops and State Police officer to the Big Apple as a major show of force to patrol the city's increasingly dangerous subway system.  The job of these State Police officers and National Guard troops will be to dodge poop piles and urine puddles all along the city transit system's filthy terminals to deter criminals from terrorizing passengers.  According to an announcement from Hochul, 750 guardsmen and 250 state law enforcement officers will be sent to "the city's busiest transit stations" in an attempt to put a lid on spiraling, out-of-control crime throughout New York City.

Brilliant: Let's haul the National Guard into the New York subway.  "Now, finally, something is being done" is the reiterated reaction from the thinkers on the left and, disappointingly, the thinkers on the right.  Both sides have shouted about government overreach, and now everyone is nodding for the National Guard to police the New York City subways.  But why not resume allowing the local police to do their job?  Why not let judges do their jobs by ending bail reform?  Why does local crime need to be outsourced to the National Guard when it had been handled effectively at the local level in years past?  Would there not be enough officers available now? [...] Like a small business, the local police are being pushed aside by the bigger, supposedly more capable National Guard.  And who created this problem of criminals being out and about in high volume and conditioned to getting a "never go to jail and stay free" card?  Now that the Munchausen government can solve crime in place of local police, will we ever get our police presence back at the local level?  And where does the outsourcing of our problems stop?

Martial Law In NYC?  National Guard deployed to subway stations in NYC.  [Tweet with video clip]

Good Samaritan stabbed while defending woman harassed by two assailants at Bronx subway station.  A subway rider was stabbed while trying to help a woman who was being harassed at a Bronx station overnight, police said — just hours after the National Guard was called in as part of desperate new crime-fighting measures for the city's troubled transit system.  The latest underground attack was reported at 12:50 a.m. at the Pelham Parkway station on the 2 and 5 lines, according to cops.  [Tweet with video clip]  A 53-year-old man was getting off a northbound train when he saw two men — one dressed in all red and the other in all blue — harassing a woman, the NYPD said.  The good Samaritan intervened to help the woman and was stabbed in the right hand with an unknown object, according to the police.

Man Is Shot In Cold Blood At Atlanta Metro Station.  One person was shot at the College Park MARTA station Wednesday afternoon, according to MARTA police.  Police said a suspect is in custody in connection to the shooting.  They have not released the victim's identity or condition.  Police also have not released any information about the suspect.  [Video clip]

Kathy Hochul deploys National Guard to conduct bag checks in NYC subway.  New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) are fighting back against crime in the New York City subway system by reinstating bag checks.  Hochul announced Wednesday she is deploying 1,000 additional law enforcement officers to the subway, including 750 New York National Guard members and 250 members of law enforcement.  Adams ordered an additional 1,000 law enforcement officials to patrol the subway in February after the city saw a 45% increase in crime in January compared to January of last year.

Teenager dead, 4 other people wounded in shooting at Philadelphia bus stop: police.  A teenager was killed and four other people were injured in a shooting at a north Philadelphia bus stop on Monday afternoon, police said.  The city's police commissioner, Kevin Bethel, said about 15 to 20 students were at a bus stop in the city's Ogontz neighborhood around 3:45 p.m. when two people walked up and opened fire.  Police said people were getting on the stopped bus when the gunfire erupted.

Man shot to death in New York City subway car.  A 45-year-old man was shot to death in a New York City subway car early Friday morning, police said.  The New York Police Department said the man was shot in the torso around 5 a.m. as he was riding a southbound D Train that was pulling into the 182-183 Streets station in the Bronx.  Officers found the man unconscious and he was later pronounced dead at the nearby St.  Barnabas Hospital.  Authorities said they are searching for three men who fled the train after the shooting.

Man killed on 'D' train in the Bronx; police seek 3 suspects.  A man was killed Friday morning on a subway train in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx, the NYPD said.  According to police, the incident happened just after 5 a.m. on a southbound "D" train that was pulling into the 182-183 Streets station.  Michael Kemper, the police department's transit chief, said the victim's fatal wound appeared to be from either a gunshot or a sharp object, and that medical examiners were working to confirm the exact cause of death.

The Editor says...
I presume that the victim was white and the three perpetrators are black.  That's how things work on the NYC subway.  Prove me wrong.  If the perpetrators were white, the news media would be talking about nothing else.

Kent bus incident leaves 1 person dead.  There has been an incident on a Metro Transit bus in Kent that has left one person dead.  "There has been a weapon discharge on one of our buses," Al Sanders, a metro spokesperson, told KIRO Newsradio.  KIRO Newsradio's James Lynch said it happened on Metro 161 near Central Avenue and E. Gowe Street.  [Tweet]

Career criminal known as 'menace to the subways' with more than 50 priors busted in new NYC transit theft: cops.  A career criminal slammed by police as "a menace to the subways" was arrested this week for robbing a Bronx straphanger — and was caught red-handed wearing a shirt bearing the carefree message, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," police said.  Reynaldo Quinones, 32, who has 54 prior arrests — 22 of which have come since January of 2023 — was nabbed by plainclothes cops after slashing a 42-year-old man's jacket pocket and grabbing his phone and wallet on a southbound No. 4 train early Thursday.  Quinones was cuffed at the Woodlawn Avenue station — and while searching him, cops found both stolen items as well as a knife, the NYPD said late Thursday.

African Migrants Toss A Pregnant French Woman From A Bus In Paris.  A disgusting and disturbing video uploaded to social media shows a couple of African migrants grabbing a pregnant woman by her arms and tossing her from the top step of a city bus.  [Video clip]

Several Minor Teens, Children Shot Inside Bronx Subway Station — Five Injured, One Dead.  Several minors, including children, were shot inside a Bronx subway station on Monday.  Five minor victims were injured in the shooting and one died.  According to The New York Post, the deceased victim, a young female, was shot in the face.  The unidentified suspect opened fire after an argument erupted on the train.  The fight continued into the subway station.  The shooter fled the scene.  Police asked the public to avoid the area of Jerome Avenue between Inwood Ave and Townsend Ave in the Bronx.  [Tweet]

NYC Gifted and Talented students arrested in horrific, caught-on-video bus beatdown.  Ten middle schoolers were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Coney Island classmate in a brutal, caught-on-video bus beatdown.  The victim — who one fellow student later callously declared "deserved it" and "shoulda died" — could be heard shrieking in pain as a pack of kids collectively rained punches on him in the Jan. 26 incident, footage shared with The [New York] Post and posted on social media show.  The boy can be seen trying to protect his head from the relentless fists while he's passed down the aisle by his attackers on an MTA shuttle bus, which brings kids from Mark Twain IS 239 for the Gifted and Talented to the Stillwell Avenue subway station.  The beating continues for several minutes, moving from the back of the crammed bus to the front as the boy is punched, slapped, kicked and even hit with a sneaker.  Kids can be seen with their phones out, filming the madness, while others are standing on seats and hanging from the railings.

13-Year-Old Kills Man on Denver Bus.  The city of Denver has long had a problem with violent crime.  Officials there like to blame guns for the issue simply because the offenders use firearms.  However, the problem is that this focus on guns is a focus on the wrong thing.  Bad actors will get guns no matter what you try to do.  Colorado, for example, requires background checks on every transfer of a firearm, while Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill last year raising the age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21.  That law is on hold thanks to a lawsuit, but it's still legally impossible for a juvenile to lawfully acquire or carry a firearm.  So how did this happen?

13-year-old accused of killing grandpa on Denver bus because his leg blocked aisle.  A 13-year-old boy is accused of murdering a Colorado grandfather over a dispute he was blocking the aisle on a public bus last week as relatives were told the man had died when they tried to file a missing person report days later.  Richard Sanchez, 60, was killed only a few blocks away from his home while riding an RTD bus last Saturday night after he allegedly got into an argument with a teenage straphanger, according to Fox 31.  The shooting happened around 6:41 p.m. at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and West Mississippi Avenue — about 3 miles from Empower Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos' stadium. [...] At least 178 passengers reported being assaulted or injured while using RTD transit during 2021 and the first two months of 2022, according to RTD records shared by Fox 31.

Bro Making Trouble Refuses To Get Off The Metro, Resists Arrest And Then Other Homies Complain About The Police Dragging Him Out.  It's as if people like this wake up and think about ways to make life a living nightmare for others.  NYC is crawling with these kinds of people.  [Video clip]

Chicago woman, 61, brain dead after being stomped by paroled 8-time felon.  The mean streets of Chicago have claimed another victim in the Democrat-controlled city with a 61-year-old woman left brain-dead after being stomped during a robbery attempt.  In yet another of the tragedies that have become commonplace in the crime-ridden midwestern metropolis, the unidentified victim was riding on a Red Line train in downtown Chicago when she was set upon by two men looking to steal her purse and who resorted to savage brutality during their criminal act.  One of the men, a hulking black thug and convicted felon named Mijawon Johnson, pinned the woman to a seat and "repeatedly punched and stomped her head and stomach, and jumped on her 'with all of his weight," according to police.

61-year-old woman 'not expected to survive' after being savagely beaten on a CTA train in the Loop: prosecutors.  Prosecutors say a 61-year-old woman is brain dead and will likely die after an eight-time felon, on parole for robbing an undercover CPD narcotics officer, savagely beat her during a robbery aboard a Red Line train in downtown Chicago.  Judge William Fahy granted the state's petition to detain Mijawon Johnson, 36, as a public safety threat during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.  State officials have also moved to revoke his parole.

A wanted homeless man in Philly was charged with involuntary manslaughter after pushing a man onto subway rails during an argument.  A homeless Philadelphia man is being charged with involuntary manslaughter after an altercation at a subway station led to him shoving another man onto the tracks just before a train arrived.  The suspect was on bench warrant status in a neighboring county, and his criminal record includes cases in two other Pennsylvania counties.  [Tweet]

Video Shows A Man Being Thrown In Front Of A Train In Philly And Killed After Asking For His Lighter Back.  Horrifying video footage shows the moment a man was pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train in Philadelphia on Thursday.  Video footage posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, shows two men engaged in an altercation on a subway platform at 34th and Market street in Philadelphia around 4:30 p.m.  The man who would later get crushed by the train is seen frequently raising his fist to the much smaller man who is pinned up against a pillar.  The smaller man can be heard seemingly demanding an object of some kind from the other, although the audio is not entirely clear.  Police have not confirmed if either man possessed a weapon at the time of the altercation.  [Video clip]

A "new normal" multicultural ride on the Madrid metro.  The national police have arrested 16 people earlier last year, two of them stabbed, accused of participating in a massive brawl that occurred early in the morning inside a Madrid Metro train, according to police sources.  The fight began around 6:45 a.m. when the train, which was also carrying numerous people unrelated to the brawl, was going to make a stop at the Batán station, on line 10, to the southwest of the capital.  According to images recorded by various witnesses and shared on social networks, young people of different ages and nationalities have begun to attack each other inside the wagon, even using their seatbelts and at least one knife, which has been seized by the police.  Among the participants were four minors, according to the same sources.  [Video clip]

At A Train Station In London, 2 Degenerates Beat A Man For His 1200 Dollar Coat.  This is the moment two hooded thugs tried to steal a man's 1200 dollar Canada Goose jacket at a rail station.  The shocking ordeal took place at Elmstead Woods station in Chislehurst, Kent, on Thursday.  Footage posted on social media shows the two male thieves violently trying to rip the coat off the man in broad daylight while shocked witnesses stand and shout.  [Video clip]

Knuckle Sandwiches on the Bus.  [Video clip]

FBI Is Searching For A Black Man Who Brutally Assaulted A Trans Man On A St Louis Bus.  The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an unknown subject who brutally attacked a transgender person on a city bus.  The suspect, a Black man who the FBI estimates to be about 30 years old, punched, kicked and pointed a gun at the victim during the minute-long attack.  It started after the suspect boarded a MetroBus at Chippewa Street and Grand Boulevard in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis city at approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 13.  A one-minute surveillance video posted by the FBI shows the violent attack, which started with what looked like a hard slap to the victim's face.  It quickly escalated to punches, with the man pulling the victim out of their seat to kick them.  Footage shared by the FBI blurs the victim's face along with that of two other passengers and the bus operator.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Let's look at it another way:  In the middle of the afternoon, in a major U.S. city, there were only three passengers on the bus.  It would be cheaper to operate a free taxi service, and that way nobody would get accosted by a random stranger.  Except the taxi driver, of course.

NYC Ghetto Rats Picked The Wrong White Man To Bully And Assault.  These loudmouthed ratchets decided to cause chaos on a New York City subway car as they most likely have done in the past but this time, they crossed the wrong white boy.  After harassing and belittling this white guy as well as assaulting the man filming it all, the white fella took a shot from one of the hood rats and decided that was the last straw.  And thus, the slap heard around the world was given.  [Video clip]

Watch As Hood Rats Beat [Up a] NYPD Officer Who Asked Them To Stop Smoking At The Subway Station.  Two men were caught on camera pummeling an NYPD cop in the head and face at a Bronx subway station Monday after the officer and his partner asked the suspects to put out their cigarettes.  Kaream McClary, 23, and Izayiah Jessamy, 20, were charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing over the shocking attack at the Freeman Street subway station around 2:30 p.m., police said.  The altercation erupted after two officers asked McClary, Jessamy and a third man to stop smoking inside the station — but the trio refused, cops said.  [Video clip]

Jewish Man Is Spit On By Black Man On NYC Subway, Then Beaten When Confronting Him.  New York City Jews are experiencing violent attacks on the streets and subways as the Pro-Hamas fever rises.  A visibly Jewish person was spit on and punched as he left the subway car, and no one on the train even said a word.  [Video clip]

NYC police search for gunman who opened fire in Times Square subway station.  New York City police are looking for a gunman who opened fire at the Times Square subway station while interrupting an alleged robbery attempt.  The unidentified gunman fired at a man as he was trying to snatch a woman's belongings inside the 49th Street N/R line station about 9:15 p.m.  Tuesday, police said.  No one was injured.

Same story as above, with a different viewpoint:
Most New York Thing Ever.  To set the stage:  a woman evaded the subway fare, making her a less-than-perfect citizen.  Ms. Fare Jumper gets shaken down by Mr. Homeless Person, who proceeds to stalk her seeking a payoff.  He begins to steal her purse.  A third man, John Rote, decides to defend Ms. Fare Jumper pulls a gun and fires a warning shot, scaring the homeless stalker shakedown artist off.  All hell breaks loose, and of course, the bad guy is the Good Samaritan.

Woman Assaults Another On The London Tube.  A horrible video was uploaded to Twitter showing a black woman brutally assaulting a white woman on the London Tube, beating and assaulting her as she cried and pleaded for help from other commuters.  [Video clip]

This local crime story deserves national attention, anger, and action.  Sabir Jones, a 39-year-old "homeless" man from Newark walked, into the busy Fifth Avenue/53rd Street station in midtown Manhattan around noon on October 18.  Without provocation, Jones approached a 26-year-old man getting off an E train.  Jones punched him in the face, breaking his jaw.  Jones then walked up to an unsuspecting 30-year-old woman who had stepped off an F train.  He violently shoved her head into the side of the departing train and she tumbled onto the tracks.  Passersby jumped down to get her out before another train arrived.  She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she underwent emergency brain surgery.  A "a significant portion" of her skull was removed.  Even if she survives, she will never again have a normal life.  Jones was quickly identified because he was "known to" police.  He was arrested in Newark the following day.  Last July, Jones punched a random 65-year-old woman twice in the back at another busy station.  A few months earlier, Jones was "connected" to an incident involving threats to a business in the Lower East Side.  Jones also had two "emotionally disturbed person" incidents there.  Last December, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when he refused to stop riding between subway cars on a J train in Brooklyn.

A Group Of African Migrants Including An 8 Year Old Brutally Assault A Man In Amsterdam.  The Amsterdam police are looking for the man who was seriously assaulted by a group of young African migrants at Bijlmer-Arena station earlier this year.  The perpetrators even threw the victim onto the track.  Shortly before half past nine on May 5th, the local man was attacked by a group of youths.  Others stood around shouting and making videos.  The victim was kicked several times in the head and then thrown onto the track, where he lay face to the ground.

The Editor says...
That was almost six months ago, and we're just now hearing about it?

Man punches bus passenger, attempts to remove victim's turban in Queens hate crime assault: police.  The NYPD is searching for a suspect who they say repeatedly punched an MTA passenger and attempted to remove his turban in Queens on Sunday.  Police are calling this attack a possible hate crime.  Police say both men were riding on a shuttle bus around 9 a.m. near 118th Street and Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill when the suspect approached the 19-year-old passenger.  According to police, the suspect told the victim:  "We don't wear that in this country and take that mask off!"  The suspect then punched the victim in the back of the head, face, and back multiple times.

The NYC Subway, A Lovely Place To Lose Some Teeth And Pride.  The New York City brand, is alive and kicking... heads and ribs.  [Video clip]

Asian 7th Grader With Autism Is Bullied And Assaulted On A Staten Island Bus.  This Asian seventh-grade student who also has autism is harassed and assaulted.  The student who is physically assaulting him attends Tottenville High School in Staten Island; this incident occurred on a Staten Island MTA bus.  [Video clip]

A Brawl Breaks Out On The NYC Subway, A Third Rider Puts One Of The Men In A Chokehold.  NYC has seen this movie before, not too long ago, when a wild homeless man was choked to death by a rider trying to stop his aggression.  [Video clip]

Fourteen-Year-Old Boy Charged with Stabbing Schoolmate to Death on New York City Bus.  A fourteen-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of a schoolmate that took place on a New York city bus Friday.  Officials believe the killing, which occurred in the town of Eltingville on Staten Island, was possibly gang related.  The New York Police Department has charged the boy with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the heinous act, according to multiple reports.  The boy's identity has not been released by authorities.

Unhinged man attacks 3 people with glass bottle in NYC rampage that began at Midtown Whole Foods.  A maniac attacked three people with a glass bottle in a violent and unprovoked rampage that began at a Manhattan Whole Foods Market on Thursday evening, according to police.  The string of attacks started outside the Whole Foods on Sixth Avenue across from Bryant Park when the 33-year-old suspect bashed a 23-year-old man with a bottle around 6:40 p.m., police said.  The assailant then went inside the store to the second floor, where he attacked a 49-year-old woman, the NYPD said.  He then fled outside and into the subway station at 47th Street and 6th Avenue, where he struck a 55-year-old woman on a train.

Subway creep arrested in terrifying sex assault that resulted in emergency surgery for victim.  The creep suspected of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman at a Manhattan subway station — bashing her head on the platform and then snatching her phone as she tried to call 911 — has been charged with the horrifying attack, police said Tuesday.  Joel Ramirez, 26, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Monday when eagle-eyed cops spotted him near the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station and recognized him from a "Wanted" flier, police sources said.  The suspect was wearing the same clothing as when he allegedly attacked the woman at the 14th Street-Union Square subway hub early Sunday, the sources said.  Ramirez was previously arrested in February for allegedly grabbing another woman's buttocks after she got off an L train in Manhattan, police sources said.

Man savagely beats 60-year-old woman fifty times with her own cane in NYC subway — nobody stops him.  A vicious thug in the New York City subway system took a 60-year-old woman's cane and mercilessly beat her fifty times with it as people simply watched him do it.  The heinous attack took place at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday morning.  The unidentified man beat the poor woman for two minutes straight at West 116 Street and Lenox Avenue station in Harlem.  His brutal assault started with trying to smack the woman with an umbrella as she attempted to stop him with her cane.  That just set him off even more.  The unhinged attacker grabbed her cane as the woman fell to the ground screaming and then he began brutally beating her with it.  [Video clip]

Man Lights Newspapers on Fire in NYC Subway, Throws Them at Random Strangers.  A man was caught on video lighting newspapers on fire at a New York City subway station and throwing them at random strangers, including kids.  The video was taken at the 33rd Street subway station on Monday at around 5:30 p.m. when many people use the subway to get home from work.  A group of teenage students can be seen on the platform as a flaming newspaper burns by their feet.  The person filming the video walks towards the man burning papers, who appears to be smoking a cigar as he does it.

Heroic Big Man Jumps In To Save Another From Being Jumped By Two Punks.  You can tell the character of people in this video taken on a subway car.  The first dude walks away from the situation with a smirk on his face.  A second man tries to stand in between the punks and the victim, so at least some props for a half-effort and showing concern.  But it was the big man in the red hat who came in swinging and showed everyone how it's done.  [Video clip]

Homeless Crackhead Attacks Random Rider On Dallas Bus.  Looks like Dallas has jumped into the ring for the [worst] city in America championship.  [Video clip]

Total Degenerate Sucker-Elbows A Man Sitting Next To Him On The NYC Subway.  A guy with shades on arguing in what I assume is Spanish throws a few elbow smashes after the guy next to him gets too close.  Then the guy who was being yelled at swings at the guy with shades gets somewhat blocked and they start fighting.  [Video clip]

Woman Hanging Onto Trolly In San Francisco Ends Up Getting Into Fist Fight With Riders Trying To Move Her.  A woman clinging to the front of a historic San Francisco Muni trolley car ended up in a brawl on Market Street after bystanders tried to calm her down.  The incident was captured on video by nearby pedestrians.  The undated YouTube videos posted Wednesday showed a woman yelling at the operator of an F-Market Street trolley through the front windshield.  There is no clear indication of what started the incident, but the woman could be heard yelling "I want to go home."  Eventually, two bystanders came up and tried to pull the woman down from the car.  She turned on one of the pedestrians and the two began throwing punches in a fight that spilled into the center median of the street in the Mid-Market neighborhood.  [Video clip]

Seattle Light Rail Becomes A Place Of Mass Violence, Random Man Is Stabbed By Homeless Individual.  Two people were attacked on light-rail trains in the past week, one stabbed and the other clubbed on the head with a rock, authorities have confirmed.  The first occurred Friday afternoon at Sodo Station, when one man attacked another using a large rock, striking blows to the head that caused bleeding, Sound Transit spokesperson John Gallagher said Thursday morning.  King County sheriff's deputies, who provide transit police services, arrived within six minutes and searched the area, according to sheriff's spokesperson Zoe Birkbeck.  No suspect was found.  [Video clip]

Hero Steps In To Save A Man Getting Stabbed On Seattle Train.  An unbelievable video filmed on the Sound Transit / Othello light-rail train station shows a man defending a passenger who was stabbed.  He is seen holding a duffle bag while a suspect repeatedly swings a knife at him.  The hero not only fends off the attacker but even waits until the train is empty before exiting himself.  When officers arrived they found a man, 51 in serious condition.  [Video clip]

The NYC subway is "an insane asylum on wheels".  The subways of New York City have been in the news even more than usual over the past few years and not for the reasons the Mass Transit Authority might wish.  The tunnels have become epicenters for crimes of all types, and we're not just talking about people hopping over the turnstiles to avoid paying the fare.  There have been shootings, stabbings, and people being pushed onto the tracks.  Robberies are common.  And if the random common criminals and gang bangers aren't enough, there are still armies of homeless people (though somewhat fewer during the summer months when many go above ground) mixed in with drug addicts shooting up on the platforms.  At the New York Post, Steve Cuozzo appears to throw his arms up in despair and declares that Gotham's subway system is now "an insane asylum on wheels" and something must be done about it.

Black Dude Gets Into Fight With White Guy On The Toronto Metro, Ends Up Stabbing Him.  A man was seriously injured after getting into a fight with a man armed with a knife on a Toronto subway today.  Video recorded by an unknown passenger shows a bleeding man being chased through the train.  He pleads for help but people run away.  [Video clip]

Man, 27, pummeled, robbed in NYC subway station: cops.  A man was pummeled and robbed inside a Midtown subway station early Monday, cops said.  Three male suspects followed the 27-year-old victim into the No. 6 train station at 33rd Street and Park Avenue around 1:45 a.m., police said.  They punched him repeatedly before grabbing his wallet and cellphone, cops said.

Elderly Scottish Man Gets Some Cultural Enrichment On The Train.  [Video clip]

Woman stabbed in the head by 4 teens, another placed in headlock in NYC subway crimes: cops.  A group of [black] teen girls punched and stabbed a woman during a clash on a Brooklyn train this week — the same day another female straphanger was placed in a headlock and robbed in Queens, police said.  In the earlier incident, a 27-year-old woman was riding a Queens-bound A train pulling into the Franklin Avenue station around 3:30 a.m.  Monday when the group of four teens approached her, cops said.  The woman got into a dispute with the crew, who punched her, flashed an "unknown sharp object" and stabbed her in the head and shoulder, authorities said.

Manslaughter charges dismissed against man who defended himself on subway.  Well this is certainly interesting.  A man who who says he defended himself from a deranged homeless person on a New York subway train has had manslaughter charges against him dropped.  You may be thinking this is a story about Daniel Penny, the man who put a deranged homeless man in a chokehold, but no I'm talking about a different case involving Jordan Williams. [...] The two cases have a lot of obvious similarities.  Both happened on the subway.  Both involved deranged men who seemed to be threatening people on the train.  Both resulted in the person making the threats winding up dead.  But there are at least two significant differences.  First, Williams was armed and Penny was not.  Second, Williams didn't stab Ouedraogo until after he'd been physically attacked.

Ghetto Chicks Beating Each Other On The NYC Subways.  Looks like Pride Month in New York City isn't just naked lesbians in fountains with children watching.  [Video clip]

[Black passenger] Does A Flying Elbow Into The Face Of A Sleeping Homeless [White] Man In NYC.  Pretty soon, even drunken vagrants will have to move down to Florida from New York City.  It's that dangerous.  [Video clip]

Now, TWO men who've stepped in to protect others on NYC subway have been arrested.  Twitter tempers are boiling over in response to the arrests of New York City subway riders Daniel Penny and Jordan Williams, both of whom were forced to defend themselves and others against crazed threats from fellow riders with long rap sheets.  "Both men were on the Subway when a lunatic started making violent threats.  Both men stepped in to save the passengers and themselves.  Both men get thrown in jail by New York DAs on manslaughter charges," the popular End Wokeness account tweeted.  "Free Daniel Penny.  Free Jordan Williams."

Thug Who Pushed Another Man Under a Train, Killing Him, is Released Without Charges!  A 29-year-old St. Paul man was released without charges from the Hennepin County jail Wednesday following his involvement in a fight on a Metro Transit light-rail platform that ended when another man was fatally struck by a train.  Reginald Eugene Snelling, 41, of Minneapolis, died from multiple blunt force injuries and asphyxia from colliding with and being compressed by the train following the fight at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Warehouse District/Hennepin light-rail platform near 5th Street and 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.  His death was ruled a homicide and the other man involved was arrested that night.  The Star Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been formally charged.  [Video clip]

What kind of woman rides the New York subway?  As ridership on the NYC subway has increased in the wake of Covid, so too have instances of violence, including several high-profile incidents in which people have been attacked or killed.  New York City mayor Eric Adams was elected in 2021 on a campaign that promised to flood the subway system with uniformed police officers, to combat both crime and the perception that the subway has become wildly more dangerous in recent years.  To what extent this campaign could succeed is not clear.  There has always been a baseline level of criminality and antisocial behaviour on the subway; sexual harassment and assault is so ubiquitous that brushing up against it is all but inevitable.

NYC Clown World: Solution for Dangerous People Pushing Riders Onto Subway Tracks.  In New York City, crazy, violent, drug-addicted homeless people are pushing people onto tracks or into moving trains.  The politicians in charge aren't going to do anything about these dangerous people threatening the lives of New Yorkers, but they have a solution.  They will structure platforms at great cost so people don't fall onto tracks.  The problem is that these dangerous people want to kill people.  They also have knives and stab people too.  If they can't push, they'll stab them. [...] The MTA is nearing construction on its $100 million pilot project to outfit three subway stations with platform gates to prevent passengers from falling — or being pushed on the tracks.

The Editor says...
This problem can be solved for much less than $100 million, and in a way that will benefit everyone, not just the users of three subway stations.  There is already a list of the Top 50 homeless lunatics who are most in need of intervention and treatment, at the very least.  That $100 million would buy a nice hospital/prison for the criminally insane, where the Top 50, along with the Next 50, could be sequestered for the benefit of everyone else.  As the socialists say... "If it saves just one life, it's well worth it."

Youths in Philadelphia Assaulting a Mentally Ill Homeless Man on the Bus.  An absolutely disgusting video uploaded to social media by the thugs themselves shows a homeless man with known mental issues getting assaulted on a SEPTA bus.  One thug is seen punching two homeless men who are sleeping in the side of the head while whooping it up.  [Video clip]

A Group Of Thugs Get On Philly Bus, Brutally Assault Passengers Before Shooting 2 Of Them.  Investigators with the Philadelphia Police Department's Shooting Investigation Group are asking for the public's help to identify a juvenile suspect related to a shooting.  According to officials, the shooting erupted on a SEPTA Route 33 bus on May 17, just before noon.  Police say a large group of juveniles wearing masks boarded the bus at the 20th and Diamond Street stop in North Philadelphia and immediately began attacking passengers.  [Video clip]

Watch As A Degenerate [Black] Thug Lights Off A Roman Candle On Packed Bus.  Don't think ghetto thugs causing violence and chaos are exclusive to American [cities] like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.  Toronto has its fair share of madness as shown here when a youth lights a Roman candle and aims it at passengers in a packed bus during Canada Day celebrations.  [Video clip]

Wild Shootout Caught On Video Between North Carolina Bus Driver And Passenger.  The Charlotte Area Transit System is sharing surveillance video from inside one of its buses after a shootout between a passenger and the bus driver.  The shooting happened on May 18 on Outlets Boulevard, which is near the Charlotte Premium Outlets in Steele Creek.  According to CATS, the incident started when a passenger started a verbal argument with the bus driver.  The passenger then pulled out a gun, and the bus operator also pulled out a gun, and they both shot at each other, CATS said.  [Video clip]

Charlotte Area Transit System releases surveillance video of a shootout with bus driver & passenger.  CATS released a video of a shooting that happened on a bus last week.  The release of the video comes days after CATS interim CEO Brent Cagle provided details of the shooting during a press conference.  Separately, video of a stabbing on a CATS Gold Line train was also released this week.  The video of the shooting released Friday shows four different viewpoints of the incident, including a view of the driver, the front half of the passenger area, the back half of the bus, and an outside view.  [Video clip]

Crazy Man Goes Jordan Neely On Chicago Train Passengers And Gets Handled, South-Side Style.  CTA passengers step in after CTA security is unable to contain a person who was threatening people on the Grand Blue Line.  Seems there are a lot of Jordan Neelys across blue cities in America.  This incident won't get any protests though, even if the crazy man died since his assailants are all black.  [Video clip]

Man Crushed By Train After Getting Into Fight And Falling In Front Of It In Minneapolis.  A man was killed when he was hit by an oncoming train in downtown Minneapolis after falling onto the light rail tracks during a fight.  Minneapolis Police Department says the incident happened at 1 a.m. at the Hennepin Avenue/Warehouse District station at 1st Avenue and 5th Street.  Police say the victim was involved in a "physical altercation" with another man that saw him end up on the tracks as a light rail train approached.  [Video clip]

Two Men Get Into Wild Knife Fight Outside Penn Station In NYC.  This was the scene outside a pizza place right next to Penn Station in New York City.  Two men, both armed with knives went at each other on the sidewalk, the one on the right getting the worst of it.  [Video clip]

A Mob Of Migrants Beat [...] A Dutch Man At Zaventem Train Station.  A Dutch man was swarmed by a migrant gang at a Zaventem train station.  The man was brutally beaten and stomped and eventually tossed onto the tracks.  The formation of violent migrant gangs has become a huge issue in the Netherlands as well as in many other parts of Europe.

Murder probe is launched after teenager is stabbed to death outside London Tube station.  A murder probe has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death following a machete fight in London.  Emergency services were called shortly before midnight on Friday as an 18-year-old man was found with stab injuries near to Dagenham Heath station.  The man, who remains unnamed, died at the scene despite the best efforts of police and the London Ambulance Service.

Police Hunt Suspect After NY Subway Rider Allegedly Stabbed with Ice Pick.  A New York subway rider was allegedly stabbed in the stomach with an ice pick in what police are calling an "unprovoked attack" as they continue the search for the suspect.  The incident happened on April 19 when the victim, a 38-year-old man, and his friend, a 43-year-old man, were waiting on the northbound J train platform at the Crescent Street train station in Cypress Hills at around 4:15 a.m.  Fox 5 reports the suspect approached the two men and stabbed the victim in the stomach with an ice pick before fleeing.

The Editor says...
The news media is infested with spineless weasels who wouldn't dare make an assertion of fact without the ability to quote a government official saying the same thing.  For example, this incident is "what police are calling an 'unprovoked attack.'"  What else would you call it?  Why hide behind the police spokesman?

Man has an EPIC Meltdown After Falling Asleep and Missing his Stop, Starts Freaking Out and Kicking the Door.  According to reports, the man missed his stop and went into full freakout mode, kicking doors and causing a ruckus like a toddler who missed his nap.  But here's the kicker: there were cops driving behind them the whole time!  Talk about a bad day to throw a tantrum.  [Video clip]

[White] Man Is Assaulted And Stabbed By [Black] Youths At Staten Island Train Platform.  A man was stabbed on the Staten Island Railway on Friday, NYPD said.  Cellphone video shows first responders at the scene and people tending to someone on the platform at Giffords Lane and Brower Court in Great Kills.  The man was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.  [Video clip]

NYC Subway Attack Victim Slams AOC's Call to Direct Police Funding to Teachers.  A woman from Queens, New York who lost her eye in a violent attack last fall torched Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (NY) suggestion that funding for police be given to public schools, parks, and libraries.  Elizabeth Gomes, 33, was brutally attacked at a subway station by a "homeless ex-con," 41-year-old Waheed Foster, last year, according to the New York Post.  On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Democrat Mayor Eric Adams' decision to give "militarized" police their first raise in seven years.  "We are now at a point where officially, most officers are paid more than a teacher with a master's degree," Ocasio-Cortez said on the show.  "We are defunding safety, defunding our public schools, defunding our public pools, defunding our parks [and] defunding our libraries."

Youth Is Assaulted And Thrown Onto Train Tracks In San Francisco.  Juvenile violence and mayhem at the Civic Center Bart Station in San Francisco last night as a black kid was attacked by other black youths and tossed onto the tracks and was blinded by some chemical.  A friend of the victim managed to drag him back to the platform.  [Video clip]

ISIS Attack in Vancouver.  With everyone distracted by China, skyrocketing crime and inflation, a nonexistent Southern border, and rapidly increasing authoritarianism in Washington, the Islamic State (ISIS) has taken the opportunity to strike again in North America.  Yes, that's right:  ISIS, the group that everyone has forgotten about amid worries about "Islamophobia" and hysteria over near-nonexistent "white supremacist" terrorism.  Canada's Global News published the shocking report early Monday afternoon:  "An attack on a transit bus in Surrey, B.C. over the weekend is being treated as terrorism after RCMP national security police took over the investigation."  It seems that the perpetrator, a manifestation of Canada's deep commitment to diversity and multiculturalism named Abdul Aziz Kawam, was "initially charged with attempted murder for allegedly slashing a bus passenger's throat on Saturday morning, but prosecutors added four counts of terrorism on Monday."  Kawam also attacked a second person with his knife as well.  [Tweet]

Los Angeles Metro to Hire Both Armed [and] Unarmed Security Officers to Curtail Rising Crime on Bus System.  A new team of security officers will be deployed on buses throughout Los Angeles County, following the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors' decision last week to fund hiring 48 such officers to keep bus operators and riders safe amid an uptick in assaults on transit routes.  "It is important that we're finally going to have a team of transit security officers who are dedicated to our buses and are actually riding them alongside our passengers," LA County Supervisor and Metro boardmember Janice Hahn said in a March 27 statement.  "Most of Metro's consistent transit riders take the bus and they deserve a safe and comfortable ride."  The annual budget required for the additional 48 transit officers is $6.2 million, a spokesperson for the Metro told The Epoch Times.

PBS reporter Jane Ferguson [was] 'violently assaulted' on [the] New York City subway: 'Ear ringing and face on fire'.  Award-winning PBS News reporter Jane Ferguson said she was "violently assaulted" by a man on the New York City subway this week, leaving her "ear ringing and face on fire" with a good Samaritan helping get her to safety.  "At 6.30 pm today I was violently assaulted on the NYC subway.  A man walked up to me in a busy rush-hour car and punched me, hard, on the side of the face.  I kneeled down on the floor in shock, and steadied myself, unsure what had just happened, my ear ringing and face on fire," Ferguson tweeted Monday night.  "The reason I'm tweeting this is, as I knelt on the floor, I felt an arm around my shoulder and a woman pulled me away.  The young woman took me off the car at the next stop and to the police there at grand central station before giving me a hug and making sure I got home ok," she continued before explaining she doesn't know the person who came to her aid.

NYC Subway Crime Jumps 30%, Defying Surge in Police Patrols.  New York City's subway crime rose by 30% in 2022 from a year ago, outpacing the 22% jump in major crimes across the city during the same period, according to police data released this week.  The increase comes despite the deployment of thousands of additional police patrols in the transit system, which has limits due to high costs and the toll it takes on cops.  The current surge in subway patrols is necessary to reduce crime and put riders at ease, Mayor Eric Adams said at a briefing Thursday.  "Once we stabilized that, we're going to right-size," he said.  "You're going to see a normalizing of the number of people who are there."  The New York City Police Department is spending an additional $20 million per month on overtime costs on top of regular levels, which pushed its overtime spending to $272 million through November.

A passenger savagely attacked in the metro in Montreal.  [Video clip only.]

Man Yells Racist Slurs At White Family With Their Young Child On NYC Subway, Calls Them White Monkeys.  This is a disturbing video has gone viral on Twitter showing a black man on the New York City subway yelling racist slurs at a white family who is trying to ignore them.  The family is seen speaking to the young child to keep his attention away from the hateful individual who is calling them dogs and white monkeys.  [Video clip]

Train Operator Is Shot At While Sitting In Driver's Seat In Lost Angeles.  In what appears targeted and intentional a Metro operator gets shot at multiple times while sitting in the driver's seat of the train and is forced to flee to the back of the train.  [Video clip]

Shocking Video Shows Several Hispanic Youths Yell Racial Slurs And Bully Autistic Black Child On Subway Platform.  Three Hispanics hurl racial slurs as they chase down and assault an autistic black child on the new R211 subway in New York City.  [Video clip]

16 Year Old Is Stabbed On The Philadelphia Subway.  A 16-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on board a SEPTA train on the Broad Street Line near SEPTA's Logan Station in Philadelphia on Saturday night.  The incident has led to the arrest of a 46-year-old man, whose identity and charges have not yet been disclosed by the Philadelphia Police.  Cellphone footage obtained by NBC10 captured part of the brawl, which reportedly involved a group of teens.  The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his stomach and leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment.  [Video clip]

Asian Family Refuses to Give up their Airpods, This is the Outcome, Brutally Attacked by Young [Black] Kids.  Where is the security on these trains?  Where are the onlookers who don't allow a bunch of rowdy little girls who think they can fight, to stop them?  [Video clip]

Italy: 15-year-old is pushed under train during dispute over girl.  The row that culminated in a 15-year-old boy being pushed into a moving train on Wednesday at Seregno station, in the province of Monza, was sparked by text message the victim sent to a girl, investigative sources said on Thursday.  Two minors, aged 14 and 15, have been detained in relation to the attack and are accused of attempted homicide.  [Video clip]

Chicago man shot by concealed carry holder on Green Line train has 32 arrests in last 10 years.  Darius Moss is no stranger to police in Chicago.  Since 2014 Moss has been arrested an incredible 32 times since 2014; a rap sheet that has also resulted in at least four felony convictions during that same time period.  Moss's latest arrest came on Friday afternoon, after authorities say he robbed a man at gunpoint on a Green Line train.  Since Chicago bans firearms from all CTA premises, Moss may have (rightfully) believed that the odds of his victim also being armed were pretty slim, but the repeat offender ended up winning the armed citizen lottery by picking an off-duty security guard who had a gun of his own as his intended target.

Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz beaten on NYC subway train.  A Fox News meteorologist was pummeled by a group of teens when he tried to stop them from harassing another straphanger on a Manhattan subway early Sunday, cops and the prognosticator said.  Weatherman Adam Klotz, 37, recounted the vicious attack in an Instagram video, appearing bruised and battered as he described how he was coming home on a train after watching the New York Giants NFL playoff game at a bar when he saw "this older gentleman was being hassled by this group of seven or eight teens.

Two Men Start To Brawl On Atlanta Metro Platform, Both Fall Onto The Tracks.  Two men started fighting at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station in Atlanta, both fall onto the tracks.  [Video clip]

Horrific Transit System Attacks Highlight Portland's Persistent Violent Crime Problem.  A 78-year-old man had part of his face chewed off in a grisly attack in a TriMet train station on Jan. 2, just days after an assailant shoved a toddler onto the tracks outside of Portland.  The 25-year-old accused, Koryn Kraemer, allegedly attacked the victim early on Jan. 3, biting the elderly man so severely that police reported seeing his skull.  First responders arrived to find the suspect on top of the victim "gnawing on the side of his face" and had to physically pull Kraemer off the victim.  A court document said the victim was rushed to the hospital.  His entire right ear was also bitten off in the attack.

Elderly Man Attacked By A Maniac In The Oregon Metro.  A suspect is in custody after a grisly attack on an elderly man on a MAX platform in Gresham early Tuesday morning, according to police.  At about 2:17 a.m., officers responded to the Cleveland Station at 1200 Northeast 8th Street where witnesses reported an attack and a lot of blood.  The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.  His current condition is not known.  Police initially booked the suspect under the fake name of "El Baker" because that's all he would give them.  But later, through fingerprints, they discovered his true identity is Koryn Kraemer, 25, who had recently moved to Portland from the state of Georgia.  [Video clip]

Woman accused of shoving child onto MAX train tracks.  A woman is facing charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said she shoved a child onto the MAX train tracks in Portland, injuring the child and interfering with public transportation.  Brianna Lace Workman, 32, was arraigned Thursday on charges of first-degree attempted assault, third-degree attempted assault, interfering with public transportation, second-degree disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person.

New Jersey Bus Driver Gets Assaulted By Thugs, Pulls Gun And Shoots, Gets Arrested For Protecting Himself.  A New Jersey Transit bus driver was arrested after allegedly shooting at several teenagers and critically injuring one of them after an altercation in Jersey City on Saturday night.  Charles Fieros, 48, of Staten Island, was "outside the bus when he retrieved an illegal handgun and shot at the group of males who had allegedly assaulted him," Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said, adding that the weapon recovered by Jersey City police came back as stolen.  The injured teen, a 15-year-old, arrived at a local hospital by taxi with three gunshot wounds to the abdomen and is in critical but stable condition, Wallace-Scalcione said.  [Video clip]

[Black man] Kicks 79 Year Old Asian Woman On Bus To Get Her Out Of His Way.  A 79-year-old woman is speaking out after being brutally attacked while boarding a San Francisco Muni bus to go to work. [...] We're choosing to show the suspect's face as SFPD tells me there has been no arrest in the case, and are asking those with information to come forward.  [Video clip]

Out Of Control Bus Rider Is Taken Off.  A London bus driver on the 192 in Enfield has to deal with a female thug who has no self-control.  [Video clip]

Victim recalls being attacked by more than a dozen teens on light rail train.  Oct. 14 was a typical Friday afternoon for Zachary Chopko.  He hopped on the light rail to head back to work after his lunch break.  "It was just supposed to be a quick thing you know just jump on the light rail, it's one stop," said Chopko, of Lakewood.  When he boarded the RTD eastbound W line at the Garrison station, he noticed the only other passengers were a group of teens.  Listening to music, he didn't acknowledge them, but out of the blue, they attacked.  "I got on, I got hit in the back of the head and they just started beating me," said Chopko.

Thugs violently attack innocent Asian man on subway in NYC.  A new case of hate crime against an Asian male and his female companion occurred yet again in the increasingly violent New York City subway system.  An Asian couple received an unprovoked attack from a trio of thugs, two women and a make, who suddenly called the Asian pair using racist remarks.  Reports indicate one of the thugs called the Asian male an 'Asian pig.[']  It's a shame for New York since the city is long known as one of the most culturally diverse metropolitans in the US.  Now it's becoming a hub for racist activity, especially against the Asian community.  The crime occurred on the subway car traveling from the Grand Central Station to Times Square.

NYC mayor orders NYPD, FDNY to involuntarily commit people with "mental health crisis'.  New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the NYPD, FDNY, and other city agencies will start forcing homeless people who are determined to be suffering a "mental health crisis" off the streets and out of the subway system.  They will be taken to a hospital for evaluation even if they refuse to go on their own.  Adams says, "It is appropriate to use this process when a person refuses voluntary assistance and it appears that they are suffering from mental illness and are a danger to themselves due to an inability to meet their basic needs.  We believe this is the first time that a mayoral administration has given this direction on the 'basic needs' standard in official guidance."  The administration admits that the city is facing a crisis with people experiencing severe mental illnesses on the streets and in the subways.

Brawl On NYC Subway Platform Has A Plot Twist.  These days, it's nothing new to see brawls down in the New York City subway system.  It's also nothing new to witness people getting pushed or falling on their own onto the train tracks.  The plot twist here is the black man whom the white man threw a punch towards helps the white man off the tracks after he loses his balance and falls onto the tracks.  [Video clip]

1619 Project founder prompts Twitter 'pile on' after Asian woman comments on NYC subway violence.  The pseudo historian responsible for the pseudohistorical 1619 Project is back in the spotlight, this time for sneeringly mocking an Asian mother worried about the conditions on New York City's crime-ridden subways.  The mother, education activist Yiatin Chu, piqued New York Times "journalist" Nikole Hannah-Jones's attention Thursday when she posted a tweet that afternoon bemoaning what she'd just seen and experienced on the subway.

A Mother And Her 10 Year Old Are Assaulted On The Subway By Total Stranger.  A mother and daughter are recovering after being violently attacked on a subway train in the Bronx.  A 36-year-old mother and her 10-year-old daughter were on a northbound 5 train when a woman approached them and began punching the mother in the face.  She then turned and began to punch the daughter in the face, before getting off the train at the Simpson Street station and fleeing the scene.  [Video clip]

Two [Blacks] Beat A 78 Year Old [White] Man Bloody On The NYC Subway Because He Asked Them To Turn The Music Down.  The NYPD is hunting for a pair of suspects who brutally beat a 78-year-old man on a subway train on the Upper West Side on Thursday.  According to authorities, at around 3:30 p.m. police responded to a 9-1-1 call of an assault in progress at the 96th Street and 7th Avenue Subway station.  Upon arrival, officers were told that the victim was riding a southbound 1 train nearing the 96th Street subway station when he asked an unknown person on the train playing music on a speaker to turn down the volume.  [Video clip]

Suspect in NYC 'knockout-game' subway attack held on $20K bail: 'Why am I in trouble?'  The "problem kid" charged in a suspected knockout-game attack on a 62-year-old Bronx straphanger claimed the vicious assault was in self-defense, court papers show — as he was ordered held on $20,000 bail.  Deshaun Smith, 21, is charged with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment for allegedly punching the unsuspecting victim and knocking him onto the tracks at the 149th Street station Sunday night, according to police.  According to a criminal complaint, Smith allegedly slugged the straphanger in the head out of nowhere while the victim was waiting for a No. 4 train — then shoved him onto the subway tracks.

NYC Subway Shove Suspect Lamale McRae Had Over a Dozen Arrests and Did Time for Attempted Murder.  New York City subway shove suspect Lamale McRae, 41, has been charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment for shoving a man onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn.  McRae, 41, has a long record of run-ins with law enforcement, including attempted murder when he was only 16 years old.  According to a report by the New York Post, McRae served 20 years in prison for the attempted murder.  Even the suspect's family had had enough of him before his latest arrest.  "(T)hey were so fed up with him, they posted signs banning him from their home."  McRae was identified using surveillance footage and facial-recognition technology and was arrested on Monday [10/24/2022].

Career criminal arrested, again, after allegedly pushing 32-yr-old waiter onto NYC subway track.  A career criminal — a 41-year-old Brooklyn man — is accused of pushing a 32-year-old waiter onto the tracks of a New York subway.  The criminal, who has been arrested more than two dozen times before, added one more to his record.  Police sources report that the assailant, Lamale McRae was arrested with the help of surveillance footage and facial-recognition technology by the Queens Warrants Squad on Monday near his Brooklyn home.  He has been charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to the New York Post.  This is the kind of offense that is being soft-pedaled in the leftist meccas of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Media has done everything it can to minimize the economy and crime.  In New York, crime on public transit is up more than 40% and not just pickpocketing.  Now, this video that we're about to show you is not an aberration necessarily.  It just so happens this was caught on tape, but this is exactly the reason that people are afraid to ride the subway.  This weekend, a man was pushed onto the tracks.  You can guess the motive actually from watching this video, but we know with no warning whatsoever.  Here it is.  [Transcript]  Oh, this random attack.  There are a lot of random attacks on the Internet you may have noticed.  Are they random?  Really?  The person who did that is not being sought as a hate criminal.  You wonder why.  But the point is, those kinds of attacks didn't used to happen.  Now they're commonplace enough that you may no longer be shocked by them, but if you live there, you stay off the subway as a result.

NYC Mayor Adams puts onus on the innocent amid subway crime surge, suggests no headphones.  [Scroll down] But the so-far completely ineffectual mayor believes that in order to tackle crime, the citizens of New York must first be made to feel safe.  Yes, you read that right.  If the public starts feeling safe, there will be less crime.  "No, it's about how do we feel, and this is what I learned in my early days of policing," he attempted to explain.  "New Yorkers must feel safe and we must deal with the actual crimes at the same time, and that's what I'm saying, that until New Yorkers are feeling safe, we're not going to be successful."  Adams said that subway arrests are up 47 percent in the city, which he seemed to intimate was an indication of progress.  But much like the southern border, where apprehensions of illegal aliens have also increased, any correlation between cause and effect is ignored.

Distressing video shows chaos on subway as 15-year-old Jayjon Burnett is shot and killed.  Here is proof of the terrifying reality of subway violence.  Disturbing new video obtained by The Post shows the wild melee on the A train in Far Rockaway last week as a 15-year-old boy was shot to death, allegedly by another teen.  The shaky 58-second video shows two groups of teens fighting on Oct. 14 and then the sudden pop of gunfire, followed by screams from horrified onlookers as they tug on Jayjon Burnett's apparently lifeless body on the floor of the subway car.  The video leaves unanswered how two people — both Burnett and Keyondre Russell, who was arrested in the shooting — ended up wounded with apparently just one bullet fired.  Burnett's death was among nine homicides in the subway system this year, topping the eight in 2021, which was a 25-year high.

Report: Man who is accused of shooting 10 people on an NYC subway refuses to go to court.  According to reports, the man accused of shooting 10 people on a subway refused to go to his federal court hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th at 1 p.m.  The incident prompted the judge to order the United States Marshals Service to use force, if necessary, in order to bring him into the court room. [...] The suspect, identified as Frank James, allegedly shot 10 people on a subway train in Sunset Part, Brooklyn, on April 13th.  James allegedly fled to another train and became the subject of a massive manhunt.

Disturbing Video Shows Elderly Woman Being Viciously Attacked [by a black mob] on DC Metrobus.  An assault caught on a cellphone camera shows what appears to be several juveniles — and possibly some adults — shoving an older woman off a Metrobus in D.C.  FOX 5 has obtained the exclusive video and has reached out to Metro for answers.  Within the clip, the group can be heard berating a woman with red hair for nearly a minute as she stands near the backdoor of the bus.  After telling the lady to "get off the bus" multiple times, the video shows the driver comes to a stop, doors open and the juveniles begin to attack the woman.

Woman Assaulted on D.C. Bus, Thrown Off After Giving Up Her Seat.  According to a Fox News report, one woman was forcibly thrown off a Washington D.C. Metrobus by a group of juveniles and possibly some adults.  The audio in the clip above has been censored for excessive profanity, as bus riders berated the woman before ultimately grabbing her and throwing her off.

Man dead after being shoved in front of subway in Queens in yet another transit fatality.  A 48-year-old man was shoved in front of an oncoming Queens subway train and killed during Monday night's rush hour after he accidentally bumped into another rider, cops and police sources said.  The senseless crime occurred after the pusher's cellphone dropped onto the tracks when he was bumped into at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue 74th Street station just before 4:45 p.m., according to cops and the sources.  The 50-year-old man who was bumped yelled at the other man to retrieve his phone from the tracks, sources said.  The rider refused and the pair got into a scuffle.  The man who lost his phone then pushed the victim, identified as Heriberto Quintana, down to the tracks — in front of an oncoming Jamaica-bound F train, according to sources and police.

Spike in CTA crime: 'At a level not seen in years'.  CTA crime is at a level not seen in years, with over 80 cases reported in the month of September, according to police data.  A 60-year-old man was shot on board a red line station Saturday morning [10/15/2022] and police are now investigating it as a homicide investigation.  According to reports, crime on the CTA is at its high since 2015.

A Lunatic Pushes A Man In Front Of An Oncoming Subway Train In The Bronx.  Police are searching for a man who pushed a commuter onto the tracks of an oncoming 6 train in the Bronx.  As statistics show transit crime is on the rise, straphangers say they'd like to see more safety precautions in the subways, CBS 2's Hannah Kliger reported Sunday.  The surveillance video shows a man lurking behind a 26-year-old commuter as he waited for the train on Saturday morning at the East 149th Street station.  He then pushes the victim off the platform as the train rolls in.  [Video clip]

Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting of Teen on Queens Subway; 15-Year-Old Identified.  Police say the gunman who pulled the trigger, firing the fatal gunshot that killed a 15-year-old inside a moving train Friday afternoon has been arrested.  Investigators said Jayjon Burnett, of Queens, was riding a crowded A train heading to the borough's Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station around 3:45 p.m. when he was shot in the chest.  Police said it came after two groups of young people got into a heated argument, which escalated into violence.  A good Samaritan pulled Burnett off the train while the suspect gunman, wearing all black, fled on foot.  EMS removed the 15-year-old and rushed him to a local hospital in critical condition, where he died within the hour.

As riders return, Metro Transit wrestles with crime in light-rail trains and at stops.  Lisa Webb purposely sits with her back against the front of the Green Line train when she rides to her job at a north metro fast food restaurant from her home on St. Paul's East Side.  From her perch, she's seen a woman stabbed near the train and passengers using drugs and smoking.  Some she sees are mentally ill and need help.  Webb, who must use transit because she doesn't own a car, minds her own business but admits she often feels afraid. "The cops," she said, "are barely around."  Stories like Webb's have evolved into a widespread perception in recent years that riding the Green and Blue light rail lines is unsafe.  That narrative works against Metro Transit's efforts to bring back passengers lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it challenges the plans of the Metropolitan Council — which oversees Metro Transit — to develop more light rail and bus lines throughout the Twin Cities.  And it raises questions — particularly among the Met Council's many critics — as to whether the multibillion-dollar transit systems, funded with public money, are being effectively managed.

Serial Abuser Beats His Girlfriend, Throws Her Onto Subway Track.  A serial domestic abuser with 31 prior arrests beat up his ex-girlfriend at a Brooklyn subway station, threw her on the tracks and robbed her before attacking responding police officers, cops and law enforcement sources alleged Wednesday.  Jabari Woodson — who has two open domestic violence cases and is wanted in connection with two other incidents in Brooklyn — showed up at the Bay Parkway N train station around 10 p.m. Tuesday and began punching his 24-year-old ex in the face, cops and sources alleged.  Woodson, 30, then allegedly banged the woman's head on the floor and wall, dumped the contents of her purse onto the tracks and pushed her onto the roadbed, police said.

7th Murder Recorded for 2022 on Subway in Gun-Controlled NYC.  A youth basketball coach was stabbed to death on a New York City subway Thursday night, the seventh murder victim on the subway system in gun-controlled NYC this year.  The New York Daily News reported 36-year-old Charles Moore was attacked around 10:30 p.m. while exiting the "northbound No. 4 train at the elevated station at E. 176th St. and Jerome Ave." [...] Moore worked in security and "was a maintenance worker at Citfield's luxury boxes," in addition to coaching youth basketball.  He was the seventh murder victim on gun-controlled NYC's subway system this year.

Man Goes On Stabbing Spree, Attacking 3 Random People Killing One.  Three men were stabbed, one fatally, in separate attacks in the New York City subway system within an eight-hour span.  A 38-year-old Bronx man was getting off a northbound No. 4 train as it arrived at the 176th St. station just before 9 p.m. Thursday when he was stabbed multiple times in the back and chest by a suspect who came up behind him in what seemed to police to be an unprovoked attack.  The victim collapsed on the platform, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he later died, becoming the seventh person to be killed in the NYC transit system this year, and the second fatal subway stabbing in less than a week.  [Video clip]

NYC homeless man charged with subway murder was on supervised release for previous attempted murder on the subway.  [Scroll down] Police have surveillance video showing the entire incident and they used that to identify a suspect.  Wednesday, police arrested and charged a homeless man named Alvin Charles for the murder: [...] But today we learned that at the time of the murder last Friday, Alvin Charles was on supervised release from another subway attack last year where he allegedly stabbed someone else multiple times: [...] Charles was initially charged with "assault, attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon" in that case but it was later upgraded to attempted murder.  So he attempted one murder on the subway, was give supervised release and them a few months later murdered someone else in nearly the same way.  Luckily, this time he's being held on bail despite the best efforts of his public defender.

Gang Green:
Four members of 'Green Goblin' subway attack crew ID'd by NYPD.  Four members of the "Green Goblin" gang who brutally attacked two 19-year-old women on a Manhattan train have 15 arrests between them, authorities said Friday as they identified the suspects.  Emily Soto, 34, and Mairam Cisse Issouf, Ciante Alston and Dariana Peguero — all 26 — were among the group of suspects who wore full-body neon green leotards while punching and tossing around two 19-year-old women on a Times Square subway train around 2 a.m.  Sunday, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig told reporters.  All four identified suspects live in NYCHA's Queensboro Houses, according to Essig.  Peguero has the most extensive criminal history with nine prior arrests, followed by Alston, who has been cuffed three times, Soto, arrested twice, and Issouf, who has been busted once before, the chief said.

Girl Gang in Neon Green Bodysuits Attacks NYC Subway Riders.  Crime is up everywhere, and horror stories have continued to pour out of big cities like New York and Los Angeles.  We've seen assailants push unsuspecting victims in front of subway cars, viciously assault them in subway stations, and beat them senseless in even tony neighborhoods.  This is life under woke George Soros-backed prosecutors like LA's George Gascón, Chicago's Kim Foxx, and Philadelphia's Larry Krasner.  Biden's Department of Justice, meanwhile, seems like little more than a bystander in the wake of all this mayhem, although they do seem to have considerable time to raid regular Americans' homes.  The latest crime seems to take on an even weirder tone though, as a gang of felonious females decked out in neon-green bodysuits assaulted and robbed a pair of 19-year old women on a Times Square subway train, beating them and then stealing cellphones, credit cards, wallets and anything else they could get their hands on.  [Video clip]

Gang Of Chubby, Neon-Green Leotards-Wearing Thugs Rob A Teen On The NYC Subway.  From The New York Post- A group of young female thieves wearing neon-green clothes swiped a teenage straphanger's purse in a Times Square subway station Sunday morning, cops said.  The 19-year-old victim was standing on an N train platform at 42nd Street just before 2 a.m. when several women wearing the blinding clothing grabbed her bag, according to police.  [Video clip]

Naked Man Goes [Berserk] In NYC Subway.  Police were nowhere in sight as a stark naked man caused a scene on a packed New York City subway platform, leaving MTA employees struggling to contain the raving man themselves.  Footage from the Union Square station in downtown Manhattan showed an unidentified man wearing nothing but a right sock sprawled on his back on the ground as an MTA employee tries to restrain him.  [Video clip, NSFW]

As subway horrors continue, Adams must push Hochul to act on crime.  When Mayor Eric Adams was running for his office, he promised to cut subway crime.  Now the subways are more dangerous than they've been in a quarter-century, as yet another commuter joins the ranks of those "randomly" killed.  Adams had better step up his game — and stop giving Gov. Kathy Hochul a pass for making his job more difficult.  Add Tommy Bailey, 43, a steamfitter father of two, to the growing toll of people murdered on the subway since March 2020. Bailey was commuting home on the L train in Brooklyn at the perilous hour of 8:45 p.m. Friday when a stranger slashed his throat.  He bled out on the platform.  Bailey follows five other subway-killing victims this year:  Ethan Reyes in Harlem in July, Daniel Enriquez in Brooklyn in May, Marcus Bethea in Queens in April and, in January, Michelle Go in Manhattan and Roland Hueston in The Bronx.  Subway murders skyrocketed in March 2020, just as the city was locking down.

Man Fatally Stabbed on New York City Subway.  A 43-year-old man was fatally stabbed on the L train after a dispute late Friday night.  According to police, Tommy Bailey was stabbed in the neck after a disagreement with the suspect.  Bailey was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The suspect is still at large.

Women are rightly terrified of NYC subways — but our fears are ignored.  Claudine Roberts, Than Than Htwe, Michelle Go.  All three were women, all were racial minorities, and all were viciously killed by strangers on the subway in the past two years.  In response to soaring violent crime underground since March 2020, women and girls, correctly fearful of riding the subway, have stayed off the trains if they can and adopted coping mechanisms if they can't.  Claudine Roberts was stabbed to death on the A train in February 2021. Than Than Htwe was pulled down the stairs to her death in Union Square that July.  Michelle Go was pushed under a Times Square train this January.  There's also a litany of gruesome injuries, suffered by women just trying to get around town.  This week, 33-year-old Elizabeth Gomes was commuting to her early-morning job at JFK when she was set upon by a crazed attacker she had tried to ignore while on the train.

Martial Simon sent to mental facility over Michelle Go's fatal subway shove.  The homeless man accused of fatally shoving Michelle Go into an oncoming train at the Times Square subway station was sent to a mental institution Monday [4/18/2022] following confirmation that he's unfit to stand trial.  Martial Simon, 61, was turned over to the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene after prosecutors agreed with the assessment on his mental status made by Bellevue psychiatrists last month.  Simon, who admitted to the fatal Jan. 9 push, will remain at a psychiatric facility until he's found mentally fit, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office confirmed.  The homeless man had been held at Bellevue Hospital since his arrest.  Prosecutors have accused Simon of randomly pushing Go off the platform as she was waiting to board an R train.

Victim of brutal NYC subway attack reveals gruesome injuries, rips into Mayor Adams.  The mom of five who was mercilessly pummeled by a homeless maniac at a Queens subway station revealed her gruesome injuries Tuesday — while issuing a desperate plea to Mayor Eric Adams.  "Our city needs major help," said Elizabeth Gomes after removing her sunglasses to show her injuries from the horrific caught-on-camera attack, which included her eyes being swollen shut and a nasty gash over her right one.  "We're going through a lot here," the 33-year-old woman told The [New York] Post.  "I remember hearing that they would have cops posted on platforms, riding the trains, cops down in a subway.  Mayor Adams said especially in the subway," she said.  "The mayor said we would have much more cops in the subway and the cops specifically would be patrolling the subways because that's where the worst of the crimes we are having.  Especially at places like Howard Beach station.

Woman, 33, fears she'll lose [an] eye after being thrown across [a] JFK airport subway station by homeless convicted murderer.  A woman arriving at JFK airport for her job as a security guard fears she'll lose her sight in one eye after she was savagely beaten by a homeless career criminal at the airport subway station.  Elizabeth Gomes, 33, arrived at the Howard Beach station in Queens, New York City, at around 5:15 am on September 20.  Waheed Foster, 41, tried to start a conversation, but when she ignored him he flung himself at her — dragging her to the ground then kicking and punching her.

Elderly Man Is Beaten With A Wine Bottle And Robbed On Chicago Metro Train.  Chicago police and the CTA are investigating after a man was robbed and hit over the head with a wine bottle during a brazen attack that has since gone viral after footage was posted to social media.  In the video, posted by a Facebook user, multiple assailants are seen assailing a man on a CTA Red Line train, asking for his identification and then snatching an unopened bottle of wine from him.  Video then shows the suspects reaching into his pocket and stealing money, and as the man begins to get up, one of the suspects strikes him in the head with a wine bottle, leaving him dazed and bleeding profusely in his seat.  [Video clip]

Philly Transit Cops Don't Get Paid Enough To Deal With This.  Watch as this out-of-control bro starts a fight with a couple of Philly transit cops for reasons unknown.  He most likely got booted from the metro station.  [Video clip]

Woman Is Chased Down, Beaten And Stomped Inside NYC Metro Station.  A woman was horrifically assaulted inside a Howard Beach subway station near JFK.  The woman, who seems to be wearing a TSA uniform was chased, and thrown against a ticket office wall before being punched into submission.  When the woman tries to get back up, the thug comes back and brutally stomped her head until she's unconscious.  [Video clip]

Just Another Chaotic Day On The New York Subway.  Every day is an eventful one if you are one of the poor souls riding the New York City Subway.  If you are lucky enough to not get pushed in front of one, you are pretty much assured you'll have one of the city's many colorful characters either yelling at themselves or others or maybe you'll get this lovely situation.  [Video clip]

Man Is Stabbed On Los Angels Metro For Rapping Out Loud.  A disturbing video showing a young man rapping with his headphones on before getting stabbed on the Los Angeles metro is making the round on social media.  The video starts out with a young man with glasses rapping out loud on the metro.  He seems to be wearing a wizard's cape.  A black man sitting across from him tells him to stop very aggressively by threatening him physically.  The young man stops and moves away.  The shot then cuts away to a few moments later after the young man has been stabbed in what seems to be the neck area.  [Video clip]

Crazy Racist Threatens To Beat White People On The Train To Yankee Stadium.  This is just another chapter in the nightmare novel that is New York [City].  A crazed man is seen threatening random white and Asian people on the Bronx line to Yankee stadium.  You can see a father and son looking straight forward, terrified to make eye contact with the individual.  At the end of the video, moments before it cuts out, the man storms the person filming and shouts at him/her.  [Video clip]

Two Men Brawl In The NYC Train Over A Bike Bumping One Of Them.  These were the disturbing moments aboard an MTA train when, allegedly, the man with no shoes came onto the car and his bike bumps the black man.  The black man demanded an apology and got none so this is what ensued.  Looks like the bike was the real loser as the two men stomped over its spokes over and over again.  [Video clip]

Native New Yorker randomly slapped on NYC train considering move to Florida.  The woman who [...] was randomly slapped on a Manhattan train last week said she's considering ditching her hometown for Florida.  Vesly Beato, 22, bashed the current crime streak in the Big Apple with a now-viral TikTok video following the unprovoked attack — and continued doing so in a Wednesday night interview with The [New York] Post.  "I don't feel that comfortable in New York anymore," she said from her mother's Upper Manhattan apartment.  "It's not the same ... New York is not what it used to be."  Beato's change of heart came after she was smacked across the face by a man on a northbound 1 train last Friday while on her way home to Inwood in a random assault that left a mark on her nose.

NYC scum robs a man in a wheelchair on a Staten Island bus.  [He] assaulted an elderly, wheelchair-bound man on a NYC bus on August 13 and ran off with $250 of the man's money.  The New York Post reports that the attack occurred as the two rode a mostly empty Staten Island S40 MTA bus around 9 pm.  NYPD released video of the footage in the hopes the public could help identify the culprit.

Man Gets Sucker-Punched, Tossed Onto Train Tracks Because He Allegedly Used The N Word.  A white man is seen arguing with someone inside a metro station.  A large black man is seen taking off his jacket, going behind the white man and punching him in the head, knocking him out, right at the edge of the train tracks.  The crowd tells the assaulting man to stop but he instead pushes the white man onto the train tracks.  A woman screams and others go to pull the man up before the train kills him.  Some comments actually condoned the reaction while others called it attempted murder.  [Video clip]

64-year-old NYC man savagely beaten with rock in subway attack.  A 64-year-old man was beaten with a rock in a brutal attack on a Brooklyn subway platform on his way home from work this weekend, cops said.  Intazar Dar was riding the Q train from his security guard gig in Lower Manhattan just before 1 a.m.  Saturday when he was randomly attacked at the Avenue H station in Midwood, according to police.  Dar told ABC's "Eyewitness News" he first noticed his alleged attacker mumbling loudly and pacing onboard the Q train.  When the train pulled into the Avenue H station, the victim said the shirtless suspect got off and started arguing with him.  The suspect then jumped onto the tracks, grabbed a rock, and pulled himself back onto the platform.

CTA, police vow to boost security after fatal Red Line shooting, the latest in violent year for transit agency.  Chicago police and transit officials announced additional plans to increase security on L and subway trains and platforms after a 29-year-old man was fatally shot on a Red Line train early Saturday near Chatham.  Diuntel Moon was on the train near the 100 block of West 79th Street at about 2:05 a.m. when someone walked up and shot him in the chest and abdomen, according to police.  He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died. [...] As of mid-July, 488 attacks had been reported on the transit system — the most since 533 during the same period in 2011, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times analysis.  Violent crimes have accounted for more than 26% of all 1,863 crimes reported on the CTA this year.  In 2018 and 2019, when there were far more riders, violent crimes amounted to 13% of the crimes.

Man gets probation after allegedly trying to push a woman in front of train.  The unfathomable policies of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office — the second-largest prosecutor's office in the nation — under Soros-supported Kim Foxx have released upon the public a man who, in my opinion, is a clear and present danger to public safety.

NY Officers Get Assaulted By Couple Who Jumped Turnstile And Rufused To Leave Subway Station.  It's not easy being a police officer in New York City these days.  Things have degenerated so much since the degenerate, May De Blasio gave the ok for criminals to rule the streets without recourse.  These two police officers wished they had stayed in bed this day when they stopped a couple, a man and a woman in their 20s, from jumping the turnstile in the subway.  The officers told them to leave and when they refused, fists flew and chaos followed.  [Video clip]

Woman Pushes Elderly Man In Front Of Train Because 'He Was Black' In Stockholm.  These shocking events occurred on July 3 at the Hokarangens metro station in southern Stockholm.  The perpetrator of the whole situation has been arrested and is suspected of attempted murder.  On the afternoon of July 3, Stockholm police were called to the platform of the Hokarangens metro station.  Moments earlier, the man was pushed there onto the railroad tracks by an unknown woman.  According to preliminary information, the behavior of the woman was unprovoked.  [Video clip]

Violent, Attempted Robbery on CTA Red Line Train Near Lincoln Park Leaves Multiple People Critically Stabbed.  95th-bound Red Line subway trains at the Chicago Transit Authority's North and Clybourn station on the southwest side of Lincoln Park near Old Town were temporarily re-routed early Friday due to Chicago police investigating reports of multiple people stabbed overnight, officials said.  According to police, at 2:03 a.m. Friday, a 42-year-old man exited a Red Line train and switched to another train car in the 1500 block of N. Clybourn when six suspects followed him and demanded his belongings.  The suspects then began attacking the victim with a knife and a broken glass bottle, authorities said.

Just Another Day On The NYC Subway As A Black Woman Beats A Drunk White Woman.  The Big Apple is rotting again just as it was in the 70s and 80s thanks to liberal politics.  Here is a video uploaded to Twitter yesterday showing a black woman beating a white woman on the E train in NYC.  The white woman is clearly on something as she slurs her words.  After she is hit several times by the black woman, a rotund white guy gives her a kick for good measure.  [Video clip]

Thug, Fresh Out Of Prison, Threatens To Beat Elderly Man On A Bus For Touching His Seat.  This sad excuse for a human being threatened to beat and smacked the hands of an elderly man on a New Orleans bus because he had the audacity to hold the seat handles.  The obnoxious wannabee gangsta keeps smacking the elderly Hispanic man's hands off the rails and threatens to beat him while boasting about being a real gangsta and spending 24 years in prison as if that's a badge of honor.  [Video clip]

NYC victim of 'anti-white' crime says suspect accused her of being Trump fan.  The Queens bus rider assaulted in an alleged "anti-white" crime told The Post on Sunday that one of her attackers accused her of being a fan of former President Donald Trump before the assailants bashed her on the head.  Jill LeCroix, a 57-year-old grandma of five, was left bleeding after she was blitzed by three black women July 9 while riding the city bus — an attack being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force.  "Before they hit me, the girl with the green hair said, 'You probably like Trump!  Don't you?' LeCroix recalled.  "I said, 'I love him.'  I didn't see which one hit me first.  "The one with the green hair, she was saying she hates white people, the way they talk, hates white skin, the way their skin cracks.  Saying she was gangsta," said the bartender, who was headed to visit her mother at the time.  "I was the only white person on the bus.  By the time we started passing St.  John's Cemetery on Woodhaven, she started in on me, saying, 'That's where I'm going to bury you!'

Fuzzy surveillance camera
A 14 Year Old Shoots A 19 Year Old Several Times On Philly Metro Platform.  A 14-year-old boy has turned himself in for his role in the Thursday afternoon shooting of a 19-year-old on a busy Center City subway station platform, Philadelphia police said Friday.  Accompanied by his mother, the boy, whose name was not released, surrendered around 8 a.m. Friday.  He is expected to be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, illegal gun possession, and related crimes, said Capt. John Walker, head of the department's nonfatal shooting unit.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Maybe someone could go down there and check the focus on that surveillance camera.  In its current condition, what good is it?

White woman riding NYC MTA bus bashed in head in clash with 3 Black passengers who told her they 'hate white people'.  A white woman riding a Queens MTA bus was bashed in the head during a confrontation with three Black passengers who told her they "hate white people," police sources Thursday [7/14/2022].  The incident is being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force.  The 57-year-old victim was riding a Q53 bus in Woodhaven when she got into an argument with three Black women or girls about 6:50 p.m. Saturday.  As the exchange heated up, one of the women hit the victim over the head with a blunt object, leaving her bleeding from the head, police said.  "I hate white people...the way they talk," the victim recalled her attackers saying, police sources said.  The assailants rushed off the bus at Woodhaven Blvd. and Jamaica Ave.  They ran off and have not been caught.

14-Year-Old Boy Killed in NYC Subway Stabbing:  NYPD.  A 14-year-old is dead after he was stabbed Saturday afternoon on a train platform in Manhattan, police said.  The teen and suspect were arguing around 3 p.m. when the latter pulled out a knife and stabbed the 14-year-old in the abdomen, according to the NYPD.  Police believe the stabbing happened on the northbound 1 line platform at the 137 St-City College station in Hamilton Heights.  The teen did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital.

1 killed, 1 wounded after gunmen open fire on CTA bus in West Garfield Park.  One person was killed and another wounded after gunmen opened fire on a CTA bus Sunday afternoon in West Garfield Park.  About 1:20 p.m., two armed males entered the bus in the 300 block of South PulaskiRoad, walked to the back and began shooting at two people on board, Chicago police said.  A male, whose age was unknown, was shot in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.  A man, 24, suffered a graze wound to the head and refused medical attention, police said.  Following the shooting, the gunmen left the bus and fled eastbound.

Single NYPD subway patrol plan panned by police.  As New York City and its new mayor continue to struggle with rising crime rates and soft-on-crime district attorneys and judges, one particular focus of attention remains the city's subway system.  Violent crime in the subway tunnels is down slightly now that summer is almost upon us and fewer homeless are living in the subway stations, but they are still far too dangerous for many people to risk riding the rail lines.  This was proven yet again last week when a man stabbed two people in a subway station only one day after being released from jail for threatening two police officers with a butcher knife.  Mayor Eric Adams has unveiled another proposal to provide more law enforcement in the tunnels.  He plans to do away with a rule requiring the police to travel in pairs when on patrol and go back to deploying officers singly.  The plan was not met with enthusiasm by the NYPD, to put it mildly.

Manhattan subway slasher arrested 5 times during 2-week crime spree.  A Queens man spent a terrifying two weeks on a wild and escalating crime spree in which he was in and out of custody — culminating with him choking and stabbing a subway straphanger and raping a woman in Baltimore, court papers charge.  Subhan Zaib, 26, was arrested and released for five separate incidents in the city between May 30 and June 7. His three-borough rampage culminated with with him slashing a 19-year-old woman early on June 10 as she descended stairs in the Delancey Street/Essex Street station in the Lower East Side, according to police.  The mayhem wasn't over, however.  Zaib was finally taken into custody in Baltimore on charges of raping a woman he saw outside a Walgreens on June 14, according to court papers.  He's now being held without bail for first-degree rape.

Straphanger, 51, is left dazed and covered in blood after being pushed onto the tracks at Grand Central station.  A man was left bloodied after being pushed onto the tracks at Grand Central station in Manhattan Thursday, by a one-armed suspect who is still on the run.  The incident occurred on the station's 7 train platform just after 4 pm, police said Thursday, after the suspect got into a physical fight with the 51-year-old victim, who has not been named.  The fight quickly escalated and the suspect pushed the man onto the tracks before running off.  The attacker was described as a black male, wearing a yellow shirt, and beige and black pants, and having just one arm, by photographer Peter Gerber, who was at the scene. [...] Police have yet to reveal what spurred the latest brazen attack on the city's embattle subway system — but they have disclosed that the victim did not know the suspect.

NYC unprovoked subway attack suspect nabbed in Baltimore County after alleged rape:  Report.  A man wanted in New York City for putting a woman in a choke hold and then slashing her multiple times earlier this month has been arrested in Baltimore County for rape, according to officials and a report.  Subhan Zaib was charged Wednesday for sexually assaulting and robbing a victim in Dundalk, Maryland, earlier in the week, Baltimore County Police said.  He is being held at the county detention center.  Zaib was shown in a law enforcement book photo wearing a blue-colored top and boasting a mustache and long beard — much like the person seen in pictures released by the New York Police Department in connection with a separate incident.

NYC man nabbed in subway slashings had just been freed after knife dispute with cops.  A Queens man was arrested over the weekend for two random subway slashings in as many days — crimes he allegedly committed after being picked up, then let go, for brandishing a knife at cops.  Donny Ubiera, 32, stabbed two straphangers — one in the face and the other in the neck — without provocation in separate incidents Friday and Saturday morning along the Flushing-to-Midtown No. 7 subway line, the NYPD said in a statement.  The accused serial slasher had just gotten out of jail Thursday — with a single night of "time served" — for allegedly refusing to put down a large knife when confronted by Queens officers on the street and then trying to flee with it the day before.

The Editor says...
The news media consistently uses the term "random" to conceal black-on-white hate crimes.

Court to pay Seattle light rail station attack suspect $250 per day he's not in treatment.  The man accused of randomly attacking a woman at a Seattle light rail station will be paid $250 a day while the state remains unable to find him mental health help, a judge ordered Thursday [6/9/2022].  Alexander Jay allegedly grabbed a woman and threw her down the stairs two times at the King Street light rail station in March.  Jay is also accused of stabbing a woman 10 times at a bus stop on the same day.  In April, Jay was found incompetent to stand trial and ordered to undergo 90 days of inpatient treatment.  However, it has been more than 100 days and the state has not gotten Jay into an inpatient facility, causing his defense to call for his release.  King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender found the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in contempt of court for failing to admit Jay to treatment.  Bender further condemned the state and the DSHS for not finding treatment for Jay to restore his competence to stand trial.  She said holding Jay in jail instead of providing him treatment is a violation of his constitutional rights.

Seattle struggles to keep one deranged, violent man behind bars.  In this particular case, the man's name is Alexander Jay.  In 2020 he was arrested for breaking into the home of an 89-year-old woman while she was home. [... After he got out of prison ...] On March 2, he was caught on surveillance camera assaulting Kim Hayes.  Hayes is a trauma nurse at a Seattle medical center and was on her way to work just before noon.  Jay was riding on the same train but they had no interaction.  She was a complete stranger to him.  As she walked up the stairs from the light rail stop to the street, Jay ran up an escalator and met her at the top of the stairs.  He threw her down the stairs twice and kicked her.  The attack left Hayes with three broken ribs and a broken clavicle.  Needless to say she is traumatized by the experience.  After the attack, Jay continued on his way and about 30 minutes later was caught on video attacking another woman, another complete stranger who happened to be waiting at a bus stop.  He came up behind the woman and in a matter of seconds had stabbed her 10 times.

Man Tossed Off Chicago Train Platform, Knocked Out, 2 Sent To Hospital.  Two people were hospitalized after they began fighting at an Englewood CTA station and fell onto the train tracks, officials said.  About 3:20 p.m., a 32-year-old man was standing on a train platform in the first block of West 63rd Street when another male spat on him, Chicago police said.  [Video clip]

NYPD arrest 'drunk' thug who tossed 52-year-old woman onto subway tracks in brutal random attack that police say shattered her collarbone.  Police have arrested a man who was seen on surveillance video tossing a 52-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx in a random attack on Sunday [6/5/2022].  The suspect has been identified as Theodore Ellis, 30, of the Bronx, who faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment, an NYPD spokesperson told  Ellis told police that was drunk and he 'didn't realize his strength' when he threw woman onto subway tracks, ABC7 News reported.  The victim, whose name was not released, suffered a broken collarbone, and many cuts and bruises.  She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and was said to be in stable condition.  It is unclear if the victim is still at the hospital.

Video shows man violently toss woman onto Bronx subway tracks.  Newly released video captured the horrifying moment a man violently tossed a 52-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx on Sunday.  The footage, provided Monday by the NYPD, shows the still-at-large suspect's random attack on the victim at the Jackson Avenue station at about 4:45 p.m.  The man, wearing a backwards baseball cap and white tank top, approached the woman from behind, grabbed her with both hands and threw her towards the tracks, the video shows.  The woman hit the platform pavement before tumbling onto the roadbed.  Bystanders helped pick the woman up from the track and onto the platform, an MTA spokesperson said.  No train was approaching when she was tossed onto the tracks.

Group Of Youths Attack Two Elderly Men On Train Platform, Toss One Of Them Onto Tracks For Being Asked To Stop Vaping On Train.  `Police have fired a warning after shocking footage emerged of two men appearing to be assaulted at a Metrolink stop in Rochdale.  Footage shared with the Manchester Evening News yesterday (May 31) appeared to show a man being hurled onto the tracks at Newbold, after another man could be seen on the ground.  The incident occured after the men asked the youth to stop vaping on the train, which is illegal.

Assaults are already illegal.  How will more laws help?
MTA calls for more legislation protecting transit workers against assaults.  Under current law, individuals who assault or harass certain transit workers — such as subway train operators or conductors — "with intent to cause physical injury" can be charged with assault in the second degree.  But the MTA wants Albany to tweak state law to include roughly 11,000 more transit employees such as station customer assistants, traffic checkers, ticket collection agents and their supervisors, who are not currently protected by statute.  The change would also cover workers in these positions on the commuter rail lines, like the Long Island Railroad.

Andrew Abdullah
NYC subway crime is soaring because we no longer bother to prevent it.  On Sunday, Daniel Enriquez became the New York City subway's latest "random" crime victim, shot in the chest at close range and killed as he traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan for midmorning brunch.  Enriquez was the fourth person to die by violence on the subway this year, and the third to be killed by a stranger.  Each of the four subway killings has something in common with the others: justified intervention by police, prosecution, or incarceration could have prevented it.  A few years ago, it likely would have.  New York is suffering soaring crime because it has abruptly switched its justice system from enlightened prevention to gruesome mop-up.  The city's justice system is still good at solving the most serious crimes.  Just hours after Enriquez's murder, police identified a suspect: 25-year-old Andrew Abdullah.  But Abdullah's background points up the fact that there shouldn't have been a serious crime to solve in the first place.  He has a criminal history that stretches back to his teen years.  He has 19 arrests and served a state sentence for a previous gun crime.

When no one steps up to deal with violence and insanity.  [Scroll down]  Also this week there's a video circulating on Twitter which has me wondering almost the same thing.  Why did no one act? [...] On the scale of New York City disturbances, this one was so minor that it seems no one reported it.  So far as anyone knows, there's no police report.  No local news outlet covered it.  Fox News wrote about the video because it was trending online but even they don't seem to know when or where it was shot.  The guy filming is clearly visible in the middle of the clip but you can't hear what he's saying and I don't think he's been identified.  Neither has the the crazy man who is the focus of the video.  He's still out there I guess.

But at least someone was there to record the whole thing.
An Insane [black] Person Boards a NYC Subway Car, Grabs [white] Woman By The Hair, She Begs For Help, No One Bothers.  These were the tense moments aboard a NYC subway car yesterday when what appears to be a trans person starts shouting at everyone for no apparent reason.  The crazed person sits next to a woman, who tries to move away but is grabbed by the hair and forced to sit back down.  The individual refuses to let go of her hair as the woman is begging for help.  The woman is stood up and is tossed aside.  The individual then prances up and down the car yelling incoherently as everyone tries to flee to a safe space but this is NYC, there are no safe spaces.  [Video clip]

Man slugs MTA cleaner in the face inside Queens subway station, cops say.  A man punched a female MTA cleaner in the face inside a Queens subway station early Tuesday, authorities said.  The 64-year-old worker was standing near the booth at the Main Street station on the 7 line in Flushing around 2:15 a.m. when a 38-year-old man approached and asked for the time, cops said.  When the cleaner turned to check, the suspect suddenly socked her in the face, police said.  She was treated on scene, and the assailant was taken into custody with charges pending, cops said.  Earlier this month, two MTA conductors were assaulted and one was robbed in separate incidents in Queens and the Bronx.  The NYPD's latest statistics, updated Sunday [5/22/2022], reveal that the city's subway system has seen a combined 57.5% increase in the seven major crime categories so far this year, compared to 2021.

Man fatally shot over weekend on NY subway, random attack follows mass subway shooting in April.  A 48-year-old man was fatally while riding a New York City subway car this past weekend — just weeks after a gunman injured 20 people in a Brooklyn subway car.  The unidentified gunman fled the scene of the shooting Sunday when the train pulled into the Canal Street station in lower Manhattan.  He remains at large as of Monday morning [5/23/2022].  New York City Police Department Chief Kenneth Corey said the suspect before shooting was walking back and forth in the same train car and without provocation pulled out a gun and fired it at the victim at close range, as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge.

Family of slain straphanger pleads with City Hall amid runaway transit crime.  The family of the Goldman Sachs employee who was gunned down in a random subway attack Sunday morning has a message for Mayor Eric Adams:  "Do your job."  Griselda Vile decried the gun violence that cut short the life of her 48-year-old brother, Daniel Enriquez, who was riding a Q train on his way to brunch.  "No one, no one, no one should have this happen to their family," Vile told The [New York] Post Sunday evening [5/22/2022].  "And the worst part is, even if they catch this person, he's going to be out again," she added, touching on the state's bail reform laws that have let so many criminals back out on the street.  She added, "I wish you guys would go back to Mayor Adams and tell him the city is not safe.  My brother just became a statistic on the way to the city.  He was shot at close range."

Man shot and killed on NYC subway in broad daylight, cops say.  A deranged gunman shot and killed a 48-year-old straphanger aboard a Manhattan subway train Sunday morning in what cops are calling an unprovoked attack.  The shooter, who was still on the loose Sunday afternoon, paced back and forth in the last car of the northbound Q train around 11:42 a.m. before he opened fire on the random victim seated inside, police and sources said.  "Completely random," one police source said.  The victim, whose name wasn't immediately released, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

The Editor says...
The news media in New York is always very quick to excuse cold-blooded killers as "deranged" and the killings as "totally random" — especially when the shooter is black and the victim is not, which is almost always the case, and apparently was the case this time.  The newspapers' writers dare not suggest that blacks are racist or that they target white people just because they're white; but if the colors were reversed, hate crime accusations would fly.

Woman On Train Sprays 70-Year-Old Man With Liquid, Sets Him On Fire.  A woman set fire to a 70-year-old man Saturday in Pasadena, California, according to local officials.  The woman, who has not yet been identified and appears to be homeless, said something to the male passenger of the local Metro system, according to Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau.  He ignored it.  She then proceeded to spray him with a flammable liquid and used a lighter to set him on fire, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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Metro rail passenger set ablaze in unprovoked attack.  The two did not appear to know each other.  The suspect in this case was arrested, and the victim was transported to a hospital.  He is in serious but stable condition and expected to survive.  The incident is one of a string of cases in which homeless individuals have attacked Metro riders or workers.  Violent crimes have jumped 81% for the first two months of this year on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bus and rail system.  It comes as the agency has been grappling with a surge of homelessness on its system as riders return to commuting.  At Union Station, the system's main transit hub, workers say homeless people grappling with mental illness regularly scream insults and threats and have assaulted them.

Man Stabbed And Thrown Onto Subway Tracks By Homeless Man In Brooklyn.  A Brooklyn man stabbed, sliced in the ear and thrown onto subway tracks in a crazed caught-on-video fight with a stranger forgives his attacker, the victim told the Daily News Sunday.  Angel Trujillo, 52, escaped with his life but nearly lost his ear in the bloody melee inside the Broadway Junction station.  He needed multiple stitches to close his wounds and was left with a scar running down his entire torso.  "I'm still going to take the subway," Trujillo vowed Sunday, speaking to the Daily News in Spanish.

Man stabbed, thrown onto tracks in caught-on-video fight, vows to keep taking NYC subway.  A Brooklyn man stabbed, sliced in the ear and thrown onto subway tracks in a crazed caught-on-video fight with a stranger forgives his attacker, the victim told the Daily News Sunday [5/8/2022].  Angel Trujillo, 52, escaped with his life but nearly lost his ear in the bloody melee inside the Broadway Junction station.  He needed multiple stitches to close his wounds and was left with a scar running down his entire torso.  "I'm still going to take the subway," Trujillo vowed Sunday, speaking to the Daily News in Spanish.  "I have things to do.  And I gotta do what I gotta do."

Man Shot Dead In Queens Subway Station Over Argument.  An argument in a Queens subway mezzanine turned deadly as a young man became the latest victim of gun violence in the city.  A 24-year-old man, identified as Brooklyn resident Marcus Bethea, was shot to death inside Jamaica Center Monday just as rush hour began.  Trains rolled into the bustling transportation hub and right into a crime scene.  [Video clip]

Adams, Sewell insist NYC subways are safe after rampage as mayor downplays crime surge.  Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday [4/17/2022] tried to assure the public that the subways are safe after last week's rampage — while arguing other big cities have crime and Gotham isn't nearly as dangerous as it used to be.  Adams and his police commish, Keechant Sewell, appeared on TV touting transit safety just five days after a madman opened fire on a Brooklyn train, wounding 29 people.  Their claims also came as NYPD statistics show major felonies have soared in the city's transit system so far this year, while recent overall crime in the Big Apple continues to increase.  During a morning appearance on MSNBC, Adams called subway safety "crucial" while peddling his previously announced initiatives aimed at reducing crime underground.

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The crime above ground level isn't under control, either.

Exasperated straphangers react to Brooklyn subway shooting: 'I'm done'.  The city's beleaguered subway riders were reeling Tuesday after the mass shooting on a Brooklyn train — with some saying the latest horrific crime has convinced them to quit the transit system for good.  "I'm done.  I'm done with riding the train.  It's just not worth it," 29-year-old finance worker Shirley Shao said while waiting for a train at Canal Street in Tribeca, Manhattan.  "Every time I go in there, I worry in the back of my mind of someone attacking me while my back is turned," she said of the underground system.  "The subway had already gotten so dangerous.  This tips the scales to the other side.  "No more trains," she said, adding that she plans to ride her bike to work going forward.  "Biking isn't the safest either, but at least I have some control over what happens to me," Shao said.

At least a dozen injured in Brooklyn subway shooting, undetonated devices found.  At least 16 people were injured, including 10 who were shot, when a suspect set off a smoke grenade and unleashed gunfire on a Brooklyn subway train during Tuesday morning rush hour, the NYPD and law enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.  The gunman — possibly disguised as an MTA construction worker and wearing a gas mask — launched his bloody assault around 8:30 a.m. on a Manhattan-bound N train at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, where authorities later discovered several undetonated devices, FDNY and police said.  The suspect is believed to have set off the smoke grenade moments before firing off a barrage of bullets, police sources told The Post.

Terror strikes New York subway with 16 injured.  Bloody mayhem struck at a New York City subway station on Tuesday, with a shooting leaving 10 people shot and 16 injured with authorities discovering "undetonated devices."  A police department spokesman told Fox News that the shooting happened at the 36th St. station in Sunset Park.  And officers reported a suspect remained at large.  Fire Department officials said firefighters responding to a call about smoke at the location found multiple people had been shot and several explosive devices had been placed at the location.

Several People [were] Shot [and] Explosives [were] Found in [a] Brooklyn Subway Station:  FDNY.  Several people were shot and several explosive devices were reportedly found at a subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday, said the Fire Department of New York.  The fire agency said it received a call about smoke in the 36th Street subway station in the Sunset Park neighborhood at around 8:30 a.m., according to local media. [...] Officials said approximately 16 people were wounded, including 10 who were struck by bullets.  The suspect was described by authorities as a black male standing 5'5".  He was seen wearing an green construction-style vest and a gas mask.

Victim of brutal Seattle light rail attack speaks out exclusively to KING 5.  The man accused of randomly attacking a Harborview Medical Center employee at a Seattle light rail station earlier this month appeared in court for the first time on Thursday.  The alleged victim was there to speak to the court directly.  I believe if he is let out "he will kill someone," said assault victim Kim Hayes of Seattle.  Prosecutors argued Alexander Jay's conduct was "alarming" and requested bail be set at $150,000 for the alleged attack on March 2.  He is charged with second-degree assault. [...] Records show Jay has been convicted of 20 crimes in the last two decades in California and Washington, including assault, theft, and burglary.

Nearly 40% of workers in Manhattan want to leave due to violent incidents on the subways and rampant homelessness.  New Yorkers working in Manhattan are so fed up with rampant crime that 40 percent said they want to leave the Empire State — with eight out of 10 people saying the Big Apple has gone to hell, according to a recent poll.  The Morning Consult poll, conducted for Partnership for New York, surveyed 9,386 adults working in New York City from February 17 to March 11, with many voicing their frustration over the soaring crime and homelessness that has gripped the streets and subways.  According to the poll, 74 percent of respondents said that safety has gotten worse in the city since the start of the pandemic lockdowns in March 2020, with 82 percent saying homelessness has also worsened.

Straphanger slashes woman in the face for eating on Brooklyn train: cops.  An irate straphanger slashed a woman whom she had confronted for eating on a Brooklyn train last week, cops said.  The 33-year-old victim was eating on a moving southbound D train around 10:30 p.m.  Wednesday when another woman approached her and asked her to stop, according to police.  When she didn't comply, the suspect pulled out a knife and slashed her on both sides of her face, cops said.  She fled from the train at the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue station, cops said.  The victim went to NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn in stable condition.

Suspect nabbed in hammer attack on Asian man has 47 prior busts: cops.  The suspect busted in the hate-fueled hammer attack on an Asian man in a Manhattan train station is a known "transit offender" with nearly four dozen prior arrests, cops and police sources said Thursday [3/10/2022].  Christian Jeffers, 48, who identifies as a woman, was picked up shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday — about 17 hours after she allegedly attacked the 29-year-old male victim at the 14th Street 1/2/3 station Tuesday, police said.  Jeffers was charged with assault, aggravated harassment and menacing — all as hate crimes — and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.  Her arraignment was pending Thursday.  Prior to that bust, she was arrested 47 times, dating back to 2007, cops said.

Latest NYC hammer attack victim fed up with rampant subway crime.  The straphanger battered in a brutal hammer attack at a Manhattan subway station Tuesday night [3/8/2022] says New Yorkers have had it with the out-of-control transit violence.  "We're trying to live our lives as well as we can, you know, and it's just unfortunate that we have to face all these adversities, along with just all the struggles in life," the 29-year-old victim told The [New York] Post on Wednesday.  "It's just unnecessary conflict and it [is bad]."  "It's unfortunate, you know, the city is the way it is," he added.  "Obviously, something has to happen, something has to change."  The victim spoke shortly before police nabbed his alleged attacker Wednesday farther west on the 14th Street subway line, sources said.  Christian Jeffers, 48, who identifies as a woman, was spotted by a transit cop shortly after 2 p.m. and charged with second-degree assault.

Serial criminal awaiting sentencing for assault with a deadly weapon is bailed yet again.  A New York City serial criminal awaiting sentencing for assault with a deadly weapon now stands accused of slashing an Asian man in the face with a razor on the subway — and has since been bailed yet again.  Brendan Dowling, 40, faces second degree assault and evidence tampering charges over an incident that took place on a J train in Manhattan at around 8:22 a.m. Sunday [3/6/2022].  Dowling, allegedly unprovoked, slashed a 41-year-old Asian man who was just sitting on the train near Essex Street and Delancey Street in the face.

MTA sues homeless man for $44K after bust for smashing 11 Brooklyn subway OMNY readers.  The MTA is headed to the civil courts in its fight against homeless New Yorkers who cause trouble on the subway.  The transit agency on Thursday filed suit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against Brian Baska, a homeless man who was arrested last year after he allegedly smashed up 11 subway fare readers over three weeks.  Metropolitan Transportation Authority lawyers seek $44,179 from Baska for damaging the readers, which are used for the agency's new tap-and-pay OMNY system.

NYC poop attack perp has over 20 arrests since 1999, cops say.  The sicko accused of smearing feces on a woman's face in a revolting Bronx attack has a lengthy rap sheet — and was released without bail in separate assault cases last month, authorities said Thursday [2/24/2022].  Frank Abrokwa, 37, has been arrested more than 20 times since 1999, including on Feb. 5, when he allegedly slugged a man in the face at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to cops and a criminal complaint.  The victim felt someone punch him, and when he turned around, Abrokwa was the only person in the immediate area, the complaint said.  He was charged with third-degree assault, aggravated harassment in the second degree, attempted assault in the third degree, and second-degree aggravated harassment, the complaint said.

Bronx Man Arrested In Subway Human Feces Attack:  NYPD.  A Bronx man carried out a bizarre human feces attack on a subway platform, authorities said.  The arrest of Frank Abrokwa, 37, on Monday came hours after a NYPD-released video from the subway assault went viral.  The video showed a man — who police say is Abrokwa — walk up to a 43-year-old woman sitting on a bench at the East 241st Street subway station on Feb. 21.  Without warning, the man smears excrement on the woman's head and neck.  The viral video added fuel to growing concerns about subway safety.  Mayor Eric Adams said Monday the incident, and others, likely stemmed from mental health issues.

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Why is every violent black perpetrator given the benefit of the doubt, that he or she probably has "mental health issues?"  Isn't it possible that many of them are just violently mean, and choose their victims because they're white?  If the colors were reversed, would it not be obvious?

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Poop attack perp released without bail.  The sicko who allegedly smashed his own feces in a Bronx straphanger's face joked with cops [...] before sneering to a Bronx judge, "[...]"  Frank Abrokwa, 37, was busted Monday at his homeless shelter in connection to the revolting Feb. 21 attack, according to cops and police sources.  Upon arrest, he made light of the attack, quipping to cops, "[...]," Bronx Assistant District Attorney Grace Phillips said during Abrokwa's arraignment late Tuesday.  Abrokwa — apparently impatient because Brooklyn detectives showed up to arrest him for an unrelated hate crime from September — also made a scene in Bronx Criminal Court.

Unhinged man slashes violinist at Brooklyn subway stop.  A Brooklyn man was lucky to escape with his violin — and his life — when a crazed attacker slashed him in the neck in a subway station on Thursday night [2/24/2022].  Stephen Hanson was returning from practice at the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra when he noticed a man following a woman "really closely" at the Franklin Ave.-Medgar Evers College station in Crown Heights around 8 p.m., he told the Daily News.  The woman, who "was trying to get away" from the attacker, broke into a sprint and dashed up the stairs, Hanson said.  That's when he turned his wrath on Hanson, 35. [...] Transit crews and homeless outreach workers found 29 homeless encampments in subway tunnels and another 89 in stations when they surveyed the system over 12 hours from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, the MTA said Thursday.

Health worker bludgeoned in NYC subway station — where cops had already added patrols.  A mugger bludgeoned a 57-year-old "hero" city health worker with a hammer late Thursday in a Queens subway station — where cops had already stepped up patrols amid a spike in underground crime.  The horrifying assault at the Queens Plaza E, M and R station was caught on chilling video and one of at least three random transit attacks in the city within a few hours.  "A woman taking the train should not be struck in the head with a hammer," Mayor Eric Adams railed Friday as victim Nina Rothschild lay critically wounded in a hospital.  "We need to catch him.  He needs to be incarcerated," Hizzoner said of the still-on-the-lam suspect.  "And whomever is causing violence on our streets and in our subways, while we give them the emotional help they need, we need to get them off the streets."

More subway violence as man punched in face, robbed on NYC train.  A man was socked in the face by a mugger who swiped his cash on a Manhattan train early Tuesday, cops said.  The straphanger was on a northbound 1 train at West 28th Street and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea around 5 a.m. when the suspect suddenly punched him and stole an undetermined amount of cash, authorities said.  The victim was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

NYC subway victim recalls harrowing ax attack.  A Brooklyn man who was threatened with a hatchet while commuting on the subway Monday morning [2/21/2022] is still reeling from the violent encounter.  "I'm still shaking.  I still can't eat.  It's still replaying in my mind," Kyle Westby, 42, told The [New York] Post hours after he was threatened with an ax at the Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn around 1 a.m.  Monday.

At least six people are stabbed on NYC subway over the holiday weekend.  At least six people were stabbed over the weekend in the New York City's crime-ridden subway system, which has seen close to 300 violent incidents so far this year, despite city and state leaders' efforts to curb the bloodshed.  The first of the half-dozen attacks took place just hours after New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul, both Democrats, announced a crackdown on rampant crime and homelessness in the sprawling transit system.  The 31-year-old victim was on a southbound 6 train approaching Canal Street at 6.10pm on Sunday when police say a stranger plunged a knife twice into his arm without any apparent provocation.

At least 6 [people were] stabbed in [the] NYC subway system after [the] mayor announces [a] new safety plan.  At least six people were stabbed in New York City's subway system over the weekend, with the first attacks unfolding just hours after Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new plan to combat violence on public transit, authorities said.  Five people were stabbed in the subway system within just over 24 hours after Adams and Hochul revealed a 17-page "Subway Safety Plan," which will see more police and mental health teams deployed across the subway system starting Monday.  A sixth person was stabbed Sunday evening on the 6 line near Canal Street, the New York Police Department said.

NYC subway riders describe being bashed with pipe, menaced with hatchet in separate unprovoked attacks.  A Brooklyn subway rider was menaced with a hatchet and Bronx straphanger was grazed in the face with a pipe in separate attacks by strangers early Monday [2/21/2022], the shaken victims told the Daily News.  The unprovoked violence left both victims shaken and worried about the surge of headlines-grabbing violence underground.  Mayor Adams has promised a crack down, beginning Monday, focused on fighting crime and getting homeless people who have taken refuge in the subways the help they need.  "Get these people out of here!" was Kyle Westby's message to Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, speaking to the Daily News hours after a stranger swung at hatchet at him inside a Brooklyn subway stop.  "There's too much going on in the subway."

Loyola student robbed Metra conductor at gunpoint to get lunch money, defense attorney says.  A Loyola University student on his way to school robbed a Metra conductor at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon because he was hungry and needed money to get some food before class — and that's according to his defense attorney.  Zion Brown, 18, was arrested later that night after his mother recognized him in news coverage of the robbery and drove him to the Calumet City police department to surrender, prosecutors said.  According to the allegations, the Metra Electric Line train had just arrived at the Van Buren Street Station in Grant Park when Brown pulled out a gun and pointed it at the train conductor's stomach around 2:07 p.m.  He allegedly took $110 from the conductor's pockets on the platform and left the station.

Where is his father?
Mom marches son, 18, to police station after recognizing him as suspect in $100 Chicago armed train robbery.  A Chicago student who allegedly robbed a train conductor at gunpoint to buy a snack before class was turned into police by his own mother, who recognized him through widely-circulated surveillance images of the brazen daytime robbery.  Loyola University Chicago student Zion Brown, 18, was charged with armed robbery for allegedly pulling out a black semi-automatic handgun Tuesday aboard a Metra Electric Line train and stealing the conductor's petty cash.  He fled on foot and remained on the lam until later that night, when his mom recognized him through news coverage and drove him to the Calumet City police department to surrender, court heard last week.

Breakdancer stabbed on NYC subway train, suspect arrested.  The NYPD says it has made an arrest after a 22-year-old breakdancer was stabbed while aboard an L train in the New York City subway.  44-year-old Lateef Coleman, who is believed to be homeless, is now facing charges including assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  The victim was reportedly performing on the train when he was stabbed three times in an unprovoked attack.  He suffered two stab wounds to his leg and one to his arm.

Black Woman who Shoved a Disabled Old White Man Off a Bus and Killed Him gets Charge Reduced to Abuse.  A woman who pushed a 74-year-old man off a Las Vegas bus in March 2019, causing his death, has pleaded guilty to an abuse charge.  Cadesha Bishop, 28, was initially charged with murder and accused of pushing Serge Fournier off a parked bus near Fremont and 13th streets.  Fournier landed on his head about 8 feet from the bus doorway, and died about a month later, according to Bishop's arrest report.  At a hearing on Dec. 27 before District Judge Tierra Jones, court records show, Bishop pleaded guilty to abuse of an older or vulnerable person resulting in death.  She is set to be sentenced on Feb. 18.

Authorities Say Seattle's Public Transit is Unusable Due to Drugs and Crime.  Local authorities in the city of Seattle have voiced their concerns that the city's public transit system is too dangerous for the public to use, due to widespread drug use, violent behavior from criminals and vagrants, and other factors.  The Daily Caller reports that 398 security incident reports were filed by King County Metro Transit workers in the year 2021, a significant jump from just 78 in 2020 and 44 in 2019.  Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, the union which represents over 4,000 transit workers in King County, called for stronger law enforcement efforts to remove dangerous individuals from the Metro.  In response, the city has announced plans to implement a "Safety, Security, and Fare Enforcement Initiative" later this month.  The initiative will allegedly include the input of over 8,000 people.  However, the King County website emphasizes that this new plan will not be focused so much on law enforcement, but instead will primarily be about "anti-racism," describing the plan as "a necessary step on its journey to becoming an anti-racist mobility agency."

Queens man with lengthy rap sheet charged in random NYC subway attack on Thai model.  A Queens man has been busted for the horrifying November attack on an aspiring Thai model on a Herald Square subway platform, police said Saturday [2/12/2022].  Kevin Douglas, 40, was charged Thursday with second-degree robbery, third-degree robbery and second-degree assault, according to the NYPD.  The address provided by police for Douglas was a Days Inn hotel near JFK International Airport.  But Douglas has been in jail since the Nov. 22 subway attack, locked up for another crime later the same day as the assault, public records show.  The attack happened at 4:30 a.m. as Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, was on the uptown D platform waiting for a train home to Queens.

Creep tries to rape woman on NYC subway, cops say.  A man tried to rape a 21-year-old woman on a Lower Manhattan subway train Wednesday morning, police said.  The sicko randomly attacked the victim aboard a northbound E train that was approaching the Canal Street station at about 10:20 a.m., according to cops.  He first slid his hand under her pants and the woman quickly rose from her seat to flee, police said.  But the creep grabbed hold of her and shoved her into the corner of the train car before he tried to rape her, according to police.

Woman is mugged at knifepoint at a Manhattan subway station.  A woman was robbed at knifepoint as she waited for the train at an Uptown Manhattan subway stop during rush hour on Thursday as transit crime in New York City continues to rise.  The woman, 43, was talking on the phone and waiting for the C train at the West 163rd Street station in Washington Heights at around 6.10 pm when a man approached her, according to the New York Police Department.  The unidentified attacker flashed a knife and tried to grab her phone as they struggled.  The woman kept her phone, but he made off with her purse.

Unhinged commuter attacks two MTA train conductors at same station:  NYPD.  An unhinged commuter attacked two MTA conductors during a violent 7-minute spree at a Bronx train station, police said Saturday [2/5/2022].  The suspect, who was wearing a black bubble coat, grey hoodie and was carrying a cup of coffee, appeared agitated and was pacing on the Manhattan-bound platform at the Prospect Ave. station near Longwood Ave. in Foxhurst at 3:13 p.m.  Thursday when a No. 5 train came rolling into the station.  When the conductor opened his window to perform a safety check, the straphanger punched him in his arm before the train went onto the next station.

Classless Goon Kicks An Elderly Woman Onto The Train Tracks In Jersey City.  A grade-A ratchet was caught on video drop-kicking an elderly lady onto the train tracks in Jersey City during an argument.  Even more shocking than the kick and attempted murder itself was the fact the elderly woman popped right up after the hard fall, was helped back onto the platform and was ready to fight the ghetto ninja who tried to kill her.  [Video clip]

Manhattan officials ask MTA to 'quickly' test subway platform barriers after fatal shove.  Manhattan's leading elected officials want the MTA to "move as quickly as possible" to test platform barriers at subway stations in their borough after last week's fatal shoving death of Michelle Go in Times Square.  Borough President Mark Levine said the MTA must overcome its longstanding reluctance to embrace platform barriers, which officials have warned would be incredibly complicated to make happen at many stations.  "The density and crowding of subways here ... makes our stations more vulnerable," Levine said in an interview Sunday.  "It's true that we have a huge number of needs and finite resources, but this would amount to a small fraction of the capital budget."  In a letter to MTA Chair Janno Lieber, Levine and all 10 council members representing his borough said platform screen doors "must be given the priority they deserve, studied, and funded for installation."

Stay away from the platform edge, New York City subway chief urges after latest attack in transit system.  After yet another person was pushed onto New York City subway tracks over the weekend, the head of the city's transit agency is urging people to stay away from the edge of platforms across a sprawling system where the mayor has acknowledged people do not feel safe as crime rises citywide.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority also is looking at making changes to subway platforms, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber told CNN affiliate WABC on Sunday [1/23/2022].  "These incidents are unacceptable and have to stop," Lieber said in a statement.

NYPD reported more subway assaults in 2021 than any year since 1997.  The NYPD reported 461 felony assaults in the subway system last year — a disturbing rate not seen since 1997, according to data released ahead of Monday's MTA board meetings.  Eight homicides also occurred in the transit system in 2021, the highest since such statistics started being tracked in 1997.  The troubling subterranean trend is despite a decline in crime at the year's end.  In December, there were 194 total major felonies — down from 235 in November, the NYPD said.  Subway robberies — which doubled from October to November — plummeted in December, from 88 the previous month to 58.

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Orwellian Flim-flam Alert:  If robberies doubled from October to November, and then "plummeted in December, from 88 the previous month [November] to 58," that means they increased from 44 to 58, with a spike of 88 in between.  That's not an improvement.

Man pushed onto subway tracks in Manhattan.  A man was pushed onto subway tracks at a Lower Manhattan station Sunday, suffering minor injuries, police said.  The 61-year-old victim landed on the roadbed on the southbound A/C line at the Fulton Street station around 11:30 a.m., cops said.  The victim was able to climb back onto the platform while not making any contact with a train, an NYPD spokesman said.

Parolee charged with hurling slur at Asian man, shoving him on subway.  A woman was charged Thursday [1/20/2022] with hurling a racial slur at an Asian man on a Manhattan subway — telling him "You people brought the virus here" and then shoving him, cops said.  Tandika Wright, 35, approached the 26-year-old victim at 6:15 p.m.  Dec. 9 on a southbound F train approaching the 23rd Street station and snarled, "Hey, are you a [...]?  You people brought the virus here.  You people killed my people," authorities said.  Then she shoved the victim and took off, police said.  Wright, who is on parole, was arrested more than a month after the attack and charged with aggravated harassment based on race or religion, authorities said.

New Yorkers worry about subway safety after rider pushed to death onto tracks, allegedly by homeless criminal.  After a spate of violent attacks on the country's largest transit system, many New York City commuters told Fox News Digital they fear for their safety when taking the subway.  "It is nerve-racking, for sure" a woman named Amelia told Fox News as she waited on a platform to meet a friend.  "It's really crazy out here," said Ahmed, a nearly 22-year employee of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Woman Arrested After Metro Employee Stabbed, Killed at Downtown LA Station.  A 25-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Metro employee at a downtown rail station, the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday after a search for a suspect.  The attack occurred at 10:46 p.m. Friday at the 7th Street/Metro Center subway station, Metro spokesperson Rick Jager said.  Paramedics rushed the employee, who had critical injuries to his chest, to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m., said Jager, adding that the Los Angeles Police Department has ruled the assault a homicide.

Times Square subway shove suspect was out on parole for past violent felony: prosecutor.  The man accused of pushing a woman to her death in front of a train at the Times Square subway station on Saturday was out on parole for a previous violent crime, according to the Manhattan assistant district attorney.  Simon Martial, 61, was arraigned Wednesday morning and hit with a second-degree murder charge in the alleged subway shoving of 40-year-old Michelle Alyssa Go, officials said.  ADA Hunter Carrell said Martial admitted his guilt in three separate conversations with transit officers, detectives and officials.  Additionally, surveillance video placed him at the scene and an eye witness to the deadly push identified him, she said.

NYC subway travel 2022.  A group of New York City commuters were forced to stand behind the subway entryway Tuesday morning while waiting for a train as a screaming man paced on the platform — a scene that is increasingly typical as random subway violence becomes the norm.  Three women waiting for the downtown 6 at the 23rd Street station around 7am stayed behind the turnstiles before running onto their train at the last minute when it arrived.  Jennifer Smith, 29, who has lived in the area for two years and takes the downtown 6 train from 23rd Street regularly to her media job, said when she arrived, she noticed 'two to three other women standing behind the turnstiles.'

'Fear is real, justified': New Yorkers blast Adams on subway crime 'perception'.  New Yorkers reacted harshly Monday [1/17/2022] to Eric Adams' claim that they're merely experiencing "the perception of fear" on the subways, saying they want the mayor to know they avoid riding the rails for a very real reason: to keep themselves safe.  An Upper West Side lawyer said she's been spending about $500 on Uber rides a month amid the recent spate of shoving incidents that led to the slaying of a woman in the Times Square station on Saturday.  "The fear is real," said the 31-year-old woman, who gave her name as Monica.  "When you hear incidents that women are being thrown onto the subway tracks you're scared."

No, Mayor Adams, the subway is not safe.  A New York City Asian woman was pushed to her death on the subway Saturday morning by a deranged homeless man who claimed to be God.  Michelle Go was standing on the platform at the Times Square Station at 9:40 a.m. when Simon Martial allegedly walked up behind her and pushed her into the path of an oncoming train, killing her.  The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on riders of the city's transit system.  According to the New York Post, Martial yelled, "I am God" when taken into custody by police.  However, newly elected mayor Eric Adams, a former transit cop, doesn't think Big Apple residents should worry.  The mayor believes that the subways are safe; there is just a "perception of fear."

Mayor Adams admits he doesn't feel safe riding NYC's subways either.  Mayor Eric Adams admitted Tuesday that even he doesn't feel safe riding the city's subways.  "Day one, Jan. 1, when I took the train, I saw the homelessness, the yelling, the screaming early in the morning," said Adams, who entered office at the start of the year, during a press conference.  "Crimes right outside the platform.["]  "We know we have a job to do, and we're going to do both:  We're going to drive down crime, and we're going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system," he said.  "And they don't feel that way now.  I don't feel that way when I take the train."  Adams' stunning admission comes on the heels of his controversial comments just days ago that the tubes are safe — and that there's only a "perception" that they're not after Saturday's random fatal shove of a straphanger at the Times Square station.

Elderly Asian Woman Is Pushed In Front Of Moving Subway In NYC, Her Killer Claims To Be God.  NYPD have arrested a homeless man accused of shoving an Asian woman to her death in front an oncoming subway train in Times Square.  Simon Martial, 61, is charged with second-degree murder after the Saturday morning incident at around 9:40 a.m. in Manhattan when a woman was killed at the southbound N, Q, R and W platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway.  [Video clip]

Accused Times Square subway shover should never have been on streets, sister claims.  The sister of the deranged ex-con accused of fatally shoving a Times Square straphanger told The [New York] Post on Monday that her sibling never should have been free to walk the streets.  Josette Simon wept as she recalled she once even begged a hospital to keep her troubled brother locked up after his life was derailed by mental illness.  "He was a hardworking man, he was a giving man," Simon, 65, said through tears of her younger brother, Martial Simon, 61.  "At 14 years old, he started shoveling snow.  He drove a taxicab.  He worked from the bottom to move up to become a manager at a parking place in Manhattan.  He always liked New York.  Somehow, in his 30s, something happened and he lost it," she said.

The Editor says...
Pardon my perpetual skepticism, but this sounds like a hastily-concocted cover story to support an insanity defense, so this defendant doesn't go straight to death row.

NYPD arrests multiple vaccine mandate protesters in Times Square Olive Garden but failed to stop convicted felon shoving woman, 40, to her death just yards away in subway station.  Just hours before an apparently innocent woman was pushed onto the subway tracks by a convicted felon, a group of protesters at a nearby Olive Garden were arrested for refusing to show proof of a COVID vaccine.  Videos posted to social media showed a group of about half a dozen protesters staging a sit-in at the Times Square Olive Garden on Friday night to protest New York City's vaccine mandate for indoor dining.  The protesters reportedly remained inside the Olive Garden for two hours and refused to leave, which prompted the restaurant — which usually stays open until midnight — to close early, according to FOX News.

[An] Asian Woman [was] Pushed to Her Death in Front of [an] Oncoming Train at Times Square Station.  An Asian woman was pushed to her death at a subway station in Times Square on Saturday morning in what city officials are calling an "unprovoked" attack.  Authorities have a suspect in custody who turned himself in after allegedly pushing the 40-year-old New York City woman off of the Q/R platform near 42nd Street and Broadway and onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train.  The victim, who identity has been withheld while officials notify her family, died at the station.  Subway passengers alerted transit police after the woman fell onto the tracks around 9:39 a.m.  The suspect was not apprehended at the station, but later turned himself into transit police, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.

Times Square subway shove 'psycho' showed 'no emotion' as he timed train's arrival: witness.  The accused Times Square subway psycho apparently wanted to make sure he killed his victim — waiting to push her onto the tracks just as the train was entering the station, an eyewitness told The [New York] Post on Sunday.  Maria Coste-Webber said she was standing just feet away when homeless ex-con Simon Martial showed no emotion as he shoved tragic victim Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, in front of the train Saturday.  "[Go] was about a foot and a half away from the end of the platform waiting for the train, and he was about 3 feet behind her," Coste-Webber recalled.  "He pushed her at the same time the train was coming, like he timed it.  "He pushed her right in front of the train, and then she vanished as the train passed.  "She didn't see anything coming.  She was facing the train," Coste-Webber said.

Deranged man pushes Asian woman to death at Times Square subway station.  A deranged man shoved an Asian woman to her death in front of an oncoming subway train Saturday morning in Times Square, police and sources told The [New York] Post.  The horrifying episode unfolded at around 9:40 a.m. when the unidentified woman was struck by a southbound R train at the Times Square N/Q/R line on West 42nd Street and Broadway, an NYPD spokeswoman said.  The attack appeared random, sources said.

The Editor says...
Somehow the "random" victims are never black.

CCTV Captures The Terrifying Moment A Woman Is Pushed In Front Of A Metro In Belgium.  A young man deliberately pushed a woman onto the tracks in Rogier metro station in Brussels at around 19:45 on Friday evening, but luckily, the metro was able to stop in time.  The woman was pushed onto the tracks as the metro was pulling into the station, however, she was quickly helped off the tracks by bystanders, Brussels public transport company STIB, which operates the metros in the capital city, confirmed.  "The driver reacted very well but is very much so in shock, as is the victim," Guy Sablon, spokesperson for STIB, told The Brussels Times.  The metro train operator reportedly saw the person on the tracks and stopped just in time by pulling the emergency brake, as can be seen in the video above.  [Video clip]

Homeless Guy Attacks People With Homemade Flame Thrower On Los Angeles Train.  Watch as this methed out homeless bum attacks riders on the blue line metro in Los Angeles.  Crime has skyrocketed on the LA metro lines recently, 3 have been stabbed in just the past week.  [Video clip]

The MTA's coming fare sale is great — but straphangers won't return until subways are safer.  The Hochul-era Metropolitan Transportation Authority is having a sale:  Starting next year, it will offer big discounts to get people to use subways, buses and commuter rail more often.  That's great — but a huge chunk of people use the subway rarely, if at all, because they fear the rise in violent crime.  Incoming Adams-era Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell must make safeguarding the underground a key part of luring New Yorkers back to business.  Before COVID, more than half of subway and bus riders bought unlimited-ride MetroCards, for seven or 30 days.  After a certain number of rides — 12 with the weekly pass and 44 with the monthly — every ride after was free.  The point of this policy wasn't to make people's commutes cheaper (it didn't) but to get people to ride outside of their commutes:  That is, hopping the train to see a friend or do some shopping was free.  In the late 1990s, more nighttime ridership made the system safer by getting more people onto platforms and trains.

Thai model, 23, who just moved to NYC says 'she's lucky to be alive' after being robbed by subway mugger.  An aspiring model who recently moved from her native Thailand to pursue her dreams in the Big Apple said she is 'lucky to be alive' after a brutal beating in the subway by a deranged mugger last month.  In an exclusive interview with, Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, said the horrific 4 am attack after she was coming home from a concert is still a blur when she was grabbed from behind in a chokehold, thrown to the ground, punched in the face and robbed of her purse at the 34th Street Herald Square station on November 22.  In the shocking assault caught on video that captured the out-of-control crime plaguing the city, the mugger — who police have yet to identify — can be seen dragging Jirajariyawetch along the northbound platform servicing the D, F, N and Q lines before throwing her to the ground.

Another Day, Another Black Thug Assaulting An Asian Just For Being Asian.  A New York City subway rider was attacked earlier this month in what police are investigating as an anti-Asian hate crime.  The 58-year-old victim was waiting for the train at 174 Street station on Dec. 1 around 6 a.m. when a man approached her, made an anti-Chinese statement and slapped her in the face, according to the NYPD.  Surveillance video at the subway station showed the man striking the woman and she raised her hands up to try to block another strike.  [Video clip]

CTA workers march in Loop after spate of violence against bus drivers.  About 100 CTA drivers marched from City Hall to Millennium Park Saturday, temporarily shutting down the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street as they demanded the city increase protections for public transit workers — including by giving them their own police force.  "Enough is enough," said Keith Hill, head of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, which represents bus drivers.

Man slaps woman in the face, makes anti-Chinese statement on Bronx subway platform.  A man slapped a 58-year-old woman in the face on a Bronx subway platform, police said Sunday [12/12/2021].  The woman was on the southbound platform of the 174th Street station on the morning of Dec. 1 when a man walked up to her, officials said.  He attacked her and made an anti-Chinese statement.  Video shows the woman hold her hands up and move to stand behind a garbage can.

Man fatally stabbed at Bronx subway station after argument:  NYPD.  A man died after being stabbed at a Bronx subway station overnight following an argument with another man, according to the NYPD.  Police said it happened around 12:40 a.m. Monday at the Wakefield-241st Street station along the No. 2 line in th Wakefield section of the borough.  Police responding to a 911 call arrived to find the victim in the mezzanine area of the station with a stab wound to the torso, authorities said.

Black Dude Sucker Punches a Random Asian Dude on the Bus, Claims he Killed his Friend and Broke his Arm as a Kid.  In yet another 'this is why I don't ride public transportation' video, you can see a dude [...] walk up and randomly assault an elderly Asian man who was minding his own business and not saying a word.  The black guy claims this guy not only killed his friend, but also can hear his thoughts and 'broke my arm as a kid'.  [Video clip]

Man bloodied after brutal attack in Midtown subway station.  A man was arrested after leaving another man bloodied during a fight on a Midtown subway platform Friday afternoon [12/3/2021], officials said.  The altercation between the two men broke out at around 3:20 p.m. on the northbound platform of the 49th Street station, which serves the N and R trains, an MTA spokesperson said.

Man High On Drugs Gets Beaten For Not Giving A Dollar For A Cigarette On The Train.  Not much information about this video gone viral showing a man who is clearly high on something refusing to give a dollar for a cigarette to a black man on the subway.  The man smoking the cig seems to be lost in space as the man next to him pushes him to give a dollar for the smoke.  The man demanding the huge payout for one cig loses his patients and starts wailing on the poor guys as if he were a speed bag, knocking him out.  [Video clip]

Manhattan workers warned not to use public transit.  Is this the new normal?  New York City remains largely reopened after all of the COVID shutdowns and many people are returning to work in their offices rather than from home via Zoom calls and such.  But that doesn't mean that life has gone back to what it was in pre-pandemic days.  While the threat from the virus may be decreasing, the threat of violent crime has been steadily climbing in the other direction and that has altered the way employers have been advising their workers about safely commuting and navigating the streets of the city.  At some Wall Street financial institutions, managers are telling staffers to be "cautious" about how they make their way to the office.  At Bank of America, they are encouraging younger employees to dress in more casual, nondescript clothing without any sort of company emblem visible in order to lessen the chances of being mugged or assaulted.  Others are taking additional safety precautions.

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Man made anti-Asian remarks after hitting woman in Manhattan subway station:  NYPD.  A man made anti-Asian remarks after striking a woman with his bicycle's handlebars Saturday, police said Wednesday [12/1/2021].  The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. inside the 116th Street Station in Manhattan, police said.  The victim — a 53-year-old woman — was walking on the platform when the man hit her from behind.  When the victim asked him why he struck her, the man responded by making anti-Asian slurs, police said.  The suspect then fled to the other end of the station.

Straphanger is stabbed to death by a stranger in subway car at Penn Station in second slashing in 24 hours.  New York City police are searching for a man who fatally stabbed another passenger to death while he napped on the subway early Sunday morning.  The suspect, who was captured on surveillance footage covered in the victim's blood, stabbed the 32-year-old straphanger in the neck on the No. 2 train before fleeing the scene.  The victim was lying down or napping on one of the subway seats.  The fatal incident comes as New York City experiences a surge in crime, specifically in the subway system.

Racist gang attack on Philadelphia train targeting Asians demonstrates [the] effect of race hustlers on the minds of black youth.  Last week, a video of a violent racist attack on a group of Asian-American students on a public train in Philadelphia was widely circulated on social media.  The perpetrators were four African-American girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.  It began with four perpetrators hurling racist abuse and intimidating and physically assaulting a group of Asian-American high school students who were sitting in close proximity.  The Asian-American victims helplessly attempted to shield themselves from the violence.  In time, a senior Asian-American girl student attempted to intervene and bring a stop to the assault.  This lead to her being the target of violence and abuse from the four African-American girls.  The Asian-American girl student was struck on her head multiple times and was slammed against the train doors.  The assailant group kicked and punched her as she laid flat on the ground of the train compartment.  One of the assailants even took off her shoe and used it to strike the victim multiple times.

Teen Girls in SEPTA Attack Charged With Ethnic Intimidation.  Several teen girls who were caught on video attacking a group of Asian students on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia have now been charged with ethnic intimidation and other offenses.  On Thursday [11/18/2021], the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office approved aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct charges against the four suspects, who are all under the age of 17.  One of the suspects was also charged with an additional count of robbery for trying to steal air pods from one of the victims, the District Attorney's Office said.

Asian-American Students Attacked on Philadelphia Train.  A group of young black girls got caught attacking Asian-American girls on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia on Wednesday [11/17/2021].  It occurred around 3:30 PM ET on the Broad Street Line.  The girls punch and scream at the Asian-Americans.  You can see the ones sitting on the seats and cowering in fear.  One girl slammed an Asian girl's head against the train door.  She falls and three girls attack her.  The one in pink beats her with a shoe.  Police haven't said if the attack is racially motivated.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Of course the attack was racially motivated.

Black Teens Brutally Beat Asian Student on Train for No Reason.  A group of black teens were filmed beating Asian students on a Philadelphia train Wednesday [11/17/2021].  Police are investigating the altercation that was caught on film, showing a group of black girls confronting passive Asian American train passengers, at which point an Asian girl walks up to them and gets pummeled.  In the video, the teens slap the Asian girl in her face, pull at her face mask, then push her toward a train door which one girl pounds her head against before the girl falls onto the floor.  The teens then proceed to attack her indiscriminately, pulling at her hair, punching and kicking her and hitting her with a shoe.  Meanwhile, no other riders on the train stepped in to help the victim.

A Group Of Black Youth Assault And Terrorize Asians Aboard A Train In Philadelphia.  A video has gone viral showing a gang of black youths assaulting and yelling at a group of Asians who were seated on the Broad Street Line train in Philadelphia.  It has been posted the group of blacks were a family and are seen yelling and cursing at the Asians as one of the family members strikes an Asian in the face.  All the Asian riders are seen with their hands up, protecting themselves.  [Video clip]

Total Savage Brutally Assaults And Robs Woman In NYC Elevator.  A woman was repeatedly punched in the face by an unhinged mugger and dragged from an elevator inside a Harlem subway stop, a disturbing new video shows.  The 36-year-old woman was attacked and robbed just before 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 inside the subway station at 125 Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, police said.  The video, released by cops on Wednesday, shows the attacker approaching the woman inside the elevator and the two appearing to exchange words.  The man quickly becomes irate, starts screaming at the woman and gets in her face, the video shows.  [Video clip]

Trio terrorizes NYC subway riders and pedestrians in multi-borough robbery spree.  Three gun-toting goons used the subway to commit a multi-borough armed robbery spree Thursday evening [11/4/2021], roughing up at least four straphangers and pedestrians in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  The rampage started just before 8 p.m. at the Lafayette Avenue station in Downtown Brooklyn, police said.  The masked suspects approached a 33-year-old man on the C train, brandished a gun wrapped in a bandana and tried to rob him, the NYPD said.  When the victim resisted, they pistol-whipped him in the head, cops said.  But he managed to run off the train when the doors opened and the suspects left empty-handed, according to police.

Man dressed as Joker injures 17 on Tokyo train.  A 24-year-old man dressed in Batman's Joker costume attacked passengers on a Tokyo train line on Sunday evening, injuring 17 people as many party-goers headed into the city centre for Halloween gatherings, media reported.  Police arrested the suspected attacker on the spot, media reported.  A man believed to be in his 60s was unconscious and in critical condition after being stabbed, while witnesses also said the attacker had spread fluid around the train and started a fire, according to media.

Man With A Knife Stabs 10 On Tokyo Train, Sets Car On Fire.  A man brandishing a knife on a Tokyo commuter train on Sunday stabbed several passengers before setting a fire, police said.  NHK public television said at least 10 passengers were injured, including one seriously.  The attacker, only identified as a man in his 20s, was arrested on the spot and is being investigated, NHK said. [...] The attack was the second involving a knife on a Tokyo train in two months.  [Video clip]

[Black] Man Punches [White] Woman In The Face On NYC Subway After She Told Him To Take Chill Pill.  This video was uploaded to social media showing an unhinged man punching a female subway rider in the face in NYC.  The man was said to be angry when he boarded the subway car, telling everyone to move their kids out of his way while pushing people around.  The woman with purple hair just calmly told the man to 'chill' at which point he sucker punches her in the jaw with a closed fist.  The man then goes on a racist rant about being black, seemingly referring to punching the woman for speaking out while being white.  [Video clip]

Drunk Man Squares Up To Punch Woman On Subway, That Was A HUGE Mistake.  Video footage taken on the London Underground appears to show passengers on a Tube train having to intervene to prevent an aggressive man from hurting a woman after the pair appear to have had an argument.  Footage emerged on social media of a man appearing to yell at a young woman, who was talking back to him, across the carriage over the top of sitting passengers.  The incident occurred late last night (Friday, October 15) at an unknown time on the Eastbound Central Line Underground.  [Video clip]

Corrupt Media Censor News of Illegal Who Raped Woman on Philly Train.  News broke last weekend of a disturbing crime that occurred on a train in Philadelphia in which several passengers allegedly stood by and did nothing to help a fellow passenger while she was being raped.  It also turned out that the alleged attacker, Fiston Ngoy, is an illegal immigrant who was released in 2019 by an immigration judge without deportation in spite of a history of serious offenses.  While most liberal news sources have ignored the story, CNN has reported the story a couple of times this week — mostly recently on Friday — but without mentioning the illegal immigration angle, while several Fox News Channel shows have fully covered the story.

Decoding the Heinous Train Rape in Philadelphia.  It was around 9.15 pm on October 13, 2021, in northeast Philadelphia.  Around 11 passengers were on board a SEPTA train, most probably on their way home.  Among the passengers was a woman who had accidentally boarded the wrong train.  According to charging documents obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer, a homeless man by the name of Fiston Ngoy entered the train a minute later and attempted to strike up a conversation with the woman.  He subsequently moved to the seat next to her.  Ngoy then spent nearly 45 minutes that included 27 stops harassing the woman, groping her, and touching her breast, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The woman struggled to restrain Ngoy.  He eventually ripped her clothes off and raped her.  Thankfully, an off-duty SEPTA employee who boarded the train later witnessed the violence in progress and called 911.  According to the Daily Mail, Ngoy entered the US from the Congo on a student visa in 2012 but remained after his visa was terminated in 2015 and was protected from deportation by the immigration system despite multiple convictions as recent as this May.

Train riders held up phones as woman was raped, police say.  A man charged with raping a woman on a commuter train just outside of Philadelphia harassed her for more than 40 minutes while multiple people held up their phones to seemingly record the assault without intervening, authorities said.  More than two dozen train stops passed as the man harassed, groped and eventually raped the woman, the police chief for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said at a news conference Monday [10/18/2021].  Police do not believe a single witness on the train dialed 911.  They are investigating whether some bystanders filmed the assault.

Fiston Ngoy
Man accused of raping woman on Philadelphia SEPTA train as passengers 'filmed it' is an illegal Congolese immigrant.  The man accused of raping a stranger on a metro Philadelphia train full of bystanders who cops say stood and filmed is a Congolese national present in the US illegally, according to a new report.  Fiston Ngoy, 35, was arrested and charged in the horrifying attack on Wednesday on board a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train near the suburb of Upper Darby.  Ngoy entered the US on a student visa in 2012, but remained after the visa was terminated in 2015, and was protected from deportation by the immigration system despite multiple convictions.

Woman Is Raped On Packed Philly Train As Everyone Stood Around And Watched.  A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said:  "should have done something."  Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday [10/13/2021] after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line.  [Video clip]

Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say.  A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said "should have done something."  Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday [10/13/2021] after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line.  An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that "something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said.  SEPTA police waiting at the next stop found the woman and arrested a man.  The woman was taken to a hospital.

Pennsylvania man, 35, is arrested after 'raping' a woman on a SEPTA train while other riders 'just watched and did nothing'.  A 35-year-old man was arrested for raping a woman on board a public train in northeast Philadelphia as other riders watched and did nothing to help the victim, police said.  Police identified Fiston Ngoy, of Philadelphia, through surveillance footage that caught him sexually assaulting a woman Wednesday night aboard a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train towards the town of Upper Darby.  Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said that while there were other people on the train, it was ultimately a SEPTA employee who made the call to 911, which allowed officers to arrest Ngoy on the spot.

Times Square subway shove:  Suspect in custody after woman pushed into train, NYPD says.  A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday [10/5/2021] after a woman was shoved off the Times Square subway platform and into an arriving train Monday morning, according to police.  The NYPD's Transit Unit tweeted around 10:45 a.m. that they had the suspected shover in custody.  No further information was released about the individual.  The news comes after authorities released the below shocking surveillance footage of the incident.  According to police, the suspect pushed the woman, 42, just as a northbound No. 1 train was pulling into the station around 8 a.m.

CCTV Footage Shows A Woman Push Another Into An Arrive Subway Train.  Police are searching for a woman after another woman was injured when she was pushed into a train arriving at the Times Square-42 St Station Monday morning [10/4/2021].  The 42-year-old victim was on the northbound 1,2,3 platform when she was pushed at around 8:15 a.m., striking the side of a number 1 train that had just arrived.  Surveillance video shows a woman wearing a bandana sitting on the bench and then times her push just as the train approaches.  [Video clip]

DEA agent killed, two other law officers shot on Amtrak train in Tucson.  One law enforcement officer was killed and two others injured during a shooting on an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday [10/4/2021], cops said.  The Sunset Limited Train 2 was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans when it arrived in Tucson around 7:40 a.m. local time, an Amtrak spokesman told The [New York] Post.  Two DEA agents were conducting a routine inspection of the train for anything suspicious while it was stopped when a man began firing on the officers, according to the Tucson Police Department.  Police had detained one suspect for questioning when a second man began shooting at the DEA officers before barricading himself in an area of the train.

Man flashes gun, steals MTA employee's work pass at UWS train station.  A man flashed a gun and swiped an MTA employee's work pass at an Upper West Side subway station early Friday, cops said.  The suspect got into an argument with the male worker on the B and C platform of the 103rd Street and Central Park West station around 5:40 a.m., before he pulled out a gun and grabbed the ID card, police said.

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Deaf woman, 59, on her way to church falls onto NYC subway tracks after being 'hit in the head' by homeless man.  A deaf woman fell onto the subway tracks in New York City after she was hit in the head by a homeless man who had been arrested for sucker-punching another victim just four days earlier.  Xing Zhou, 59, was on her way to church when a man hit her in the head at 10 am Sunday morning [9/5/2021] at Manhattan's Union Square subway station.  She lost her balance during the attack and fell onto the tracks.  Two bystanders helped Zhou off the tracks and waited with her until help arrived.  She was taken to the hospital and given medication for her pain.

The Editor says...
I stand corrected:  The "randomly selected" victims aren't always white.  Sometimes they're Chinese.

Man riding Bronx subway train with young daughter spat on and threatened with knife for asking passenger to stop smoking pot.  A man riding a Bronx subway train with his 4-year-old daughter was spat on and threatened with a knife after he complained about a passenger smoking marijuana, startling video released by police Thursday [9/16/2021] shows.  The 35-year-old dad was on a Manhattan-bound D train when he asked a man seated near him to stop smoking about 3:20 p.m.  Sept. 5, cops said.  The pothead flipped out and screamed at the father and daughter, spat at them, and then threatened to stab them with a small knife he whipped out of his backpack.

Man Kicks Woman Down Escalator Because She Asked Him To Say 'Excuse Me'.  A man kicked a woman in the chest, sending her flying down an escalator, after she told him to "say 'excuse me'" in a Brooklyn subway station, according to cops and newly released video.  The 32-year-old victim and the male suspect were ascending an escalator at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station at 7:15 p.m. Thursday [9/9/2021] when the man pushed past her, police said.  "Say 'excuse me'," the woman told the man, according to authorities.  He allegedly shot back, "I did" — then spun around and kicked the woman in the chest, sending her tumbling backward several feet down the escalator, according to the clip released late Sunday [9/12/2021].  [Video clip]

Guess what color this attacker is.  You're right!  Now guess what color the victim is.  Right again!
Man spits on, shoves woman onto NYC train tracks: video.  A plucky 28-year-old woman fended off an unhinged attacker with a broom and "Wet Floor" sign at a Brooklyn subway station — before video caught him shoving her onto the tracks, she told The [New York] Post on Thursday [8/26/2021].  The harrowing encounter unfolded Wednesday on the northbound 3 and 4 platform at the Utica Avenue-Eastern Parkway station, where the crazed man, later identified as 24-year-old John Merritt, began following the victim, police said.  "He was acting erratic and he started to spit at me, is how it started," said the woman, who asked not to be identified.  "When I tried to leave the situation, like get onto the train, he followed me.  "And I decided that wasn't the smartest move, to get on the train where authorities cannot get to me and him.

Cops release disturbing video of random hammer attack in NYC subway.  Video captures a maniac striking a Manhattan straphanger on the head with a hammer, leaving the bleeding victim on the tracks — all because the rider looked at the suspect the wrong way, cops said Sunday [8/22/2021].  "Don't look at me!" the attacker barked at the 44-year-old stranger, who was waiting on the platform for the N/R line at Union Square Station around 9 p.m.  Saturday, according to police.  "If you come any closer, I'm going to hit you!" the suspect snarled.  As the victim walked away, the attacker went to a nearby bench and pulled a hammer out of a bag, police said.  "The victim tries to get away, and the perp comes back with a hammer and hits him," a police spokesman said.  The injured man fell to the tracks but was pulled to safety by good Samaritans, cops said.

Briana Randolph
Woman arrested for near-subway shove has history of transit attacks.  The woman arrested Saturday [8/14/2021] for nearly shoving a 22-year-old man onto the subway tracks at Times Square has been booked seven times since June 25, police sources said — including for several assaults on mass transit.  Briana Randolph allegedly came up from behind her victim at around 8 a.m. Saturday on the northbound NQR train platform at 42nd Street and Broadway and pushed him for no reason, according to police.  The attack could be seen on surveillance video and Randolph was arrested at 34th Street-Herald Square station about eight hours later, police said.  She was charged with assault and reckless endangerment and remains in custody pending arraignment.

The Editor says...
If the government keeps track of known troublemakers with its No-Fly List, why can't the same be done with known subway criminals?

Bloody Brawl In Paris Metro Between Africans, Gypsies And Arabs Proves Diversity Is Our Greatest Strength.  Diversity is our greatest strength.  That is the mantra the globalist elite have repeated so many times, it's tattooed onto the average European's sub-conscience.  Of course, this is all a lie and countries like France have learned the hard way, flooding hundreds of thousands of people from Africa with little to no education without integrating them into French society leaves you with scenes like this.  A massive brawl between gypsies, Africans, and Arabs left this Parisian metro platform a bloody mess.  [Video clip]

San Francisco Police Department Seeks Help To Solve Crime But Blurs Face Of Suspect.  The San Francisco police posted a videotape of a man lighting the hair of a woman on fire on a bus.  They were seeking the help of witnesses but bizarrely blurred out the face of the suspect.  When confronted on the curious effort, the police insisted that it was just trying to get people to recognize the victim.  Huh?  The young man is shown in the videotape casually moving over to sit behind the woman and then puts a lighter to the back of her head.  She was helped by other passengers as the suspect and two friends ran off of the bus.  She obviously could have been severely burned or even killed in such an attack if the fire spread.

Subway crime rate drops closer to pre-COVID levels after police surge.  Subway ridership increased in June while crime dropped in the system, according new data released ahead of this week's MTA board and committing meetings.  A total of 111 major felonies occurred on the subways in June — down from 168 the previous month, according to NYPD data to be shown to board members on Monday [7/26/2021].  Adjusted for ridership, crime dropped from 2.87 felonies per million riders in May to 1.77 felonies per million riders in June — the closest its come to pre-pandemic levels since March 2020.  Subway crime rates soared amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 compared to 2019, when NYPD recorded a comparatively scant 1.47 felonies [per] million riders.

Elderly woman randomly shoved into stopped train at Queens subway station.  A woman randomly shoved a 66-year-old into a train that was stopped at a Queens station on the Fourth of July, cops said.  The suspect approached the female victim on the northbound E train platform of the 74 St.-Broadway/Roosevelt Avenue station in Jackson Heights around 11:45 p.m., and pushed her without saying a word, police said.

NYC mom attacked in subway dies after brain surgery: sources.  The Brooklyn mom who tumbled down a flight of stairs during an attempted robbery at a Manhattan subway station earlier this month has died, police sources told The [New York] Post.  Than Htwe, 58, died Wednesday [7/28/2021], one day after her family said on their GoFundMe page that she would not survive after undergoing brain surgery — and that they planned to donate her organs.  The page had raised more than $48,000 for the family before it was shut down this week.

Distraught family keeps vigil for beloved mom yanked down stairs in Manhattan subway robbery.  A protective Brooklyn mom yanked down a flight of subway stairs and critically injured during a botched attempted robbery believes even those who would harm her should be treated well, her distraught son said Sunday [7/18/2021].  Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22, was still in shock from the horrific Saturday morning crime as he and more than a dozen relatives visited his mother, Than Htwe, at Bellevue Hospital.

[Black] Attacker pours soda on elderly [white] man, pummels him on Bronx city bus after victim asks him to let him pass.  A bruiser with a short fuse and a taste for bright green soda beat an elderly man so badly on a Bronx bus that he was hospitalized for days, police sources said.  Police on Monday released video of the cruel May 31 assault, which left the 83-year-old victim with multiple facial fractures.  Cops said the victim was trying to debark from an MTA bus near Barnes Ave. and E. Gun Hill Road in Williamsbridge about 5:30 p.m., but the suspect was standing in his way.  The elderly man said "Excuse me" — and the suspect flipped out, dumping his green drink on the victim's head.

Man shoved in Brooklyn subway station suffers brain bleed:  NYPD.  A woman shoved a 76-year-old man to the ground, causing a life-threatening head injury, inside a Brooklyn subway station this week, police said.  The incident happened on the mezzanine of the Marcy Avenue J and M subway station in Williamsburg on Thursday [7/8/2021] around 2 p.m., according to the NYPD.  The woman and the victim were arguing near a turnstile when she pushed him to the ground, police said.  The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with bleeding in his brain, police said.

Homeless man attacks tourist with metal pipe near Times Square.  A tourist from South America was attacked by a homeless person who hit him in the head with a metal pipe near Manhattan's Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal Wednesday [6/30/2021].  The 66-year-old man, who is from Colombia, was walking with his family at West 40th Street and 8th Avenue at 11:40 a.m. when Wayne Lawton Welds allegedly approached him from behind and whacked him on the head with the blunt object, police said.  The victim's daughter scared off Welds, 25, after the unprovoked attack, and the suspect fled into the subway, according to the NYPD.  The tourist was treated for a head laceration at Bellevue Hospital, where he was "conscious and alert," and expected to recover, according to police.

Attacker hurls anti-gay slur, stabs Manhattan straphanger: cops.  A hateful attacker hurled anti-gay slurs on a Manhattan subway before knifing a straphanger, slicing his chest, cops said Tuesday [6/29/2021].  The 29-year-old victim was on a northbound 2 train near West 34th Street and Seventh Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Monday when a man sitting across from him began shouting homophobic statements at passengers, according to police.  He then allegedly addressed the victim directly and said, "[...]"  An argument ensued and spilled onto the northbound platform, where the suspect stabbed the victim with an unknown object before taking off, cops said.

Man charged with punching Asian man on the Lower East Side.  Cops have nabbed the suspect who knocked an Asian man unconscious near a Lower East Side subway station.  Javel James, 42, was arrested in Brooklyn on Thursday and charged with assaulting Teoh Ming as the victim approached the East Broadway station near Rutgers St. on March 2.  "This is something I can't understand," Ming, 56, a Malaysian immigrant of Chinese descent, told the Daily News.  "He hit me three times.  And the rest I don't remember anything after that.

Queens man cuffed for hateful attack at Chinatown subway station.  Detectives charged a Queens man on June 24 in connection with a silent-but-violent assault of a man at a Chinatown train station back in March.  Javel James, 42, of 165th Street in Queens was picked up in Brooklyn on an unrelated incident and linked to the March 2 attack of a 56-year-old man near the entrance to the East Broadway station on the F line.  Cops said James punched the man in the face at the entrance near the corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street at about 8:50 p.m. on March 2.  Sources familiar with the investigation said the suspect did not say a word to the victim before making his move.  Law enforcement sources said the brute punched the victim multiple times about the body, eventually causing the man to pass out.

Police: Subway Passenger Stabbed, Robbed On A Train In Queens.  Police say a man was punched, stabbed and robbed on the subway in Queens.  It happened three weeks ago on a stationary A train at the Lefferts Boulevard station.  Police said a man punched the 57-year-old victim, then stabbed him in the chest with a sharp object and stole his wallet.

Asian woman stepping off Harlem subway train beaten with cane by stranger in possible hate crime.  An Asian woman was beaten with a cane by a stranger as she stepped off a Harlem subway train in what is being investigated as yet another hate crime, police said Wednesday [6/2/2021].  The 23-year-old woman had just gotten off an uptown No. 1 train at the W. 116th St. station when she was confronted by the attacker about 6:45 a.m. on May 12, cops said.  She was on her way to her internship at a hospital, she told the Daily News.  Without saying a word, he struck her in the head and hip multiple times with the cane before jumping on the train she had just gotten off of and escaping.

Two Monsters Horribly Beat And Slash A 64 Year Old In NYC Subway During Robbery.  Cops need the public's help in finding two brutes who were caught on camera violently slashing, beating and robbing a man at a Midtown subway station early Sunday morning [5/30/2021].  The NYPD released graphic footage of the attack, which occurred at 4:57 a.m. on May 30 at the turnstiles of the Lexington Avenue-59th Street station.  As shown on the 42-second video, the two perpetrators accost the 64-year-old male victim just as he was about to enter the turnstile.  One of the crooks grabs the man by the arm in an attempt to prevent him from entering the turnstiles while his partner throws a punch, knocking the victim against a granite pillar.  The victim attempts to escape the duo, trying to climb backwards across the turnstiles — only to have the perpetrators drag him back toward them and continue their violent assault.  [Video clip]

Man stabbed in back in wild NYC subway brawl:  Video.  A man got stabbed in the back with his own knife during a wild brawl inside of a Harlem subway station on Monday morning, according to the NYPD.  The 51-year-old victim and an unidentified man exchanged words at around 6 a.m. on the mezzanine level of the 125th Street station, police said.  Surveillance video released by cops shows the suspect pulling out "two metal objects" — which appear to be broken umbrella handles — and squaring up for a fight.

Brazil: Mentally Disturbed Man Tries To Drag Three Women In Front Of Speeding Train.  A man tried to push three women on the tracks of the subway at Estação Sé, in downtown São Paulo — the busiest in the city.  The women were waiting for the train to arrive when they were grabbed by the man as he tried to drag them toward the oncoming train.  Luckily, they managed to escape.  From the images from the station's security camera, you can see the train approaching.  It is at that moment that the man attacks the women and tries to push them.  According to the subway press office, the case took place on April 23, but only now have the images been released.  [Video clip]

One of us doesn't know what "private" means.
New York to Spend $2.2 Million Per Month on 'Private Guards' for NYC Subway.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority — the agency in charge of New York's subway system — confirmed this week a new plan to spend $2.2 million each month on "private guards" at stations across the Big Apple to provide additional security for riders.  "Sarah Feinberg, the MTA's interim head of subway operations, said guards were hired early in the Covid-19 pandemic, when ridership plummeted, to address crime and security issues in near-deserted stations.  Their ranks swelled to 100, and by the end of this month, they are expected to have doubled to 200," reports Fox News.

Asian man pushed onto Queens subway tracks.  An Asian man was pushed onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train in Queens Monday morning, according to cops and police sources.  The 36-year-old victim was at the 21st Street-Queensbridge F train station around 7:45 a.m. when another man shoved him, according to authorities and the sources.  The train went into emergency mode and didn't hit the victim, police sources said.  He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center with a cut on his forehead.  It was not immediately clear what provoked the attack.

Good Samaritan throws himself at knifeman to save woman he was stabbing in random NYC Subway attack.  Video captured the horrifying moment a woman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on the subway before a passing journalist jumped in to save her.  The stabbing unfolded at Union Square station on Wednesday night when 54-year-old Kelli Daley was jumped by a man identified as 22-year-old Joshua Nazario.  Police said Nazario slashed Daley across her left shoulder, collarbone, and upper chest while she was waiting on the southbound N, Q, R platform for the train around 10.10 pm.

Thug Stabs Random Woman In NYC Subway Station, Man Jumps In To Save Her Life.  A woman was slashed by a stranger while standing on a subway platform in the heart of Manhattan and fortunately a good Samaritan jumped into action to help.  The 54-year-old Brooklyn woman was slashed while on a platform inside the 14th Street-Union Square station just after 10 p.m. Wednesday [5/19/2021].  Sean Conaboy said he was waiting for the train when he saw the knife and saw the woman being attacked.  [Video clip]

Woman, 75, punched while getting off bus in unprovoked Queens attack: cops.  A man punched a 75-year-old woman in the face in an unprovoked attack as she got off a Queens bus, cops said early Thursday [5/20/2021].  The elderly victim had just stepped off a Q36 bus at Hillside Avenue and Edgerton Boulevard in Jamaica Estates around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when a stranger approached and punched her in the forehead without saying a word, cops said.  The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated and released.  The suspect, who fled, is about 5-foot-6 with a medium build.  He was last seen wearing a white surgical mask, an orange du-rag, a black hooded jacket, multi-colored pants, orange and black sneakers, and carrying an orange and gray backpack.

The Editor says...
Hmmm.  Their description of the suspect omitted an important five-letter adjective that starts with a "b" — perhaps because it goes without saying.

What a lovely city.
Manhattan subway slashing spree was gang initiation — and one victim lost an eye, prosecutors say.  One of the victims of a horrific subway stabbing spree lost his eye in the attack — and the teenage suspects staged the early-morning rampage as part of a gang initiation, prosecutors said Sunday [5/16/2021].  The gruesome details emerged in weekend court appearances for two of the three teens arrested in the Friday attacks, which left five victims bloodied and battered in lower Manhattan.  Taquarious Soto-Burgos, 19; Joseph Foster, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with robbery and weapons possession in connection with the predawn violence.  A fourth suspect remained at large.

Woman Is Sucker-Punched In The Head From Behind And Robbed In NYC Subway.  Disturbing new surveillance video released by the NYPD shows the moment a mugger sucker-punches a woman in an East Village subway station and rips off her backpack.  The 23-year-old victim was walking out of the 1 train station at 14th Street and First Avenue — looking down at her phone — a few minutes before 6 p.m. Sunday [5/9/20221] when the stranger ran up behind her and clobbered her in the side of the head, according to police and the video clip released early Tuesday.  [Video clip]

Subway spree suspect urged knife-wielding pal to keep stabbing bloody victim aboard Manhattan train.  A teen attacker with a 12-inch kitchen knife turned a Manhattan straphanger's morning commute into a ride from hell.  The still-shaken survivor of the early Friday stabbing spree aboard a downtown No. 4 train detailed the gory fight for his life, recounting how one of the assailant's partners-in-crime urged the knife-wielding suspect to "keep doing it" as the blood started to spill.  "I started defending myself," said the 44-year-old man, who asked for anonymity Saturday as he spoke to a Daily News reporter from his Manhattan home.

Four people are Slashed at three NYC subway stations during 11 minute morning frenzy.  Four people were arrested in connection with five unprovoked attacks on New York City's subway Friday morning [5/14/2021].  The suspects were spotted by NYPD Commander Kenny Gorman and Officer Jeffrey Delacruz were spotted leaving the northbound 1-train in the area of 79th Street and Broad around 11:20 am, NYPD said late Friday afternoon.  The suspects' names or mugshots weren't released, and charges are pending.  One man, 48, was stabbed in the eye and needed surgery while three others were slashed in the face in the early hours of Friday morning.  Another described waking up to being punched in the face.  In one attack, the victim's wallet was stolen, and his phone was thrown on the tracks, police said.

Times Square subway attack:  Man spit on, slashed in face, police say.  A man was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being slashed in the face in a seemingly random attack at the Times Square subway station, police said.  Authorities said it happened on the southbound platform for the No. 1, 2 and 3 lines just after 9 a.m. as the victim was sitting on a station bench.  According to officials, an unidentified man approached him and started talking to him, at which point he removed his headphones and asked, "Are you talking to me?"  This apparently set the man off, who spit in the sitting man's face and then slashed him across the face with a sharp object, according to police.

MTA worker punched in the face at Times Square subway station: official.  Police launched an investigation after an MTA employee was assaulted at the Times Square subway station Wednesday morning, according to the transit agency.  The female employee was on the southbound platform of the No. 2 train when she was punched in the face around 7:40 a.m., according to Transport Workers Union Local 100.  The victim did not require hospitalization, according to MTA Communications Director Tim Minton, who confirmed the attack.

Tourist stabbed with screwdriver on NYC subway.  A tourist visiting Manhattan with his family was stabbed with a screwdriver while riding a train Sunday night [5/9/2021], police and sources said.  The 43-year-old victim from Ecuador was on the southbound 2 train when he was randomly attacked by a 26-year-old man at about 7:50 p.m., according to cops and sources.  Using a screwdriver, the suspect, Peterson Merant, stabbed the man in his chest and left arm as the train was approaching the Chambers Street station, police and sources said.  When the train arrived at the station, the victim's wife pointed out the suspect to responding transit officers, sources said.  Cops nabbed Merant on the platform and he confessed to the stabbing, sources said.

Tourist stabbed with screwdriver by stranger in unprovoked attack on Manhattan subway train.  A tourist was stabbed with a screwdriver by a stranger on a lower Manhattan subway train in the city's latest unprovoked underground attack, police said Monday [5/10/2021].  The 43-year-old victim, visiting the city from Ecuador with his family, was on a downtown No. 2 train approaching the Chambers St. station when he was stabbed by a fellow straphanger without warning about 7:50 p.m. Sunday, cops said.

Brooklyn subway thug
Asian woman slapped by teenage stranger on Brooklyn subway train who tells her, 'You don't belong here'.  An Asian woman was slapped on a Brooklyn subway train by a teenage stranger who told her, "Get off my train, you don't belong here," cops said Wednesday [5/5/2021].  The 50-year-old victim was riding a Coney Island-bound D train through Borough Park when the hateful teen confronted her, smacking her in the back of the head.

Woman hit in face in NYC subway station by stranger yelling anti-Asian slurs.  A woman was hit in the face without provocation in a subway station by a stranger who yelled anti-Asian slurs at her, cops said Sunday [5/2/2021].  The 37-year-old victim was walking through the E. 51st St. station on Lexington Ave. when the bigot attacked her about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, cops said.  He hit her and used a slur against Asian people, shouting, "You [...] should go back to your country.  This is all because of you."  He ran out of the station after attacking her.  The victim declined medical treatment.

Just some crazy guy on the subway
NYC subways delayed by incidents blamed on mentally ill — including 90-minute shutdown on downtown Manhattan line.  A man shouting incoherently about COVID-19 vaccines caused a 90-minute delay to Financial District subway service Wednesday [5/5/2021], one of several train-halting incidents authorities attributed to mentally ill people.  It was yet another day when subway havoc was blamed on people with psychiatric problems — despite months of complaints from straphangers, MTA workers and transit managers about unruly and violent behavior by the mentally ill that includes passengers being assaulted and shoved to the tracks and a March 2020 arson that took the life of a train operator.  Wednesday's chaos began around 9 a.m. at the Broad St. station at the end of the J line when the crazed man broke into an empty operator cab at the front of a train, cops and MTA officials said.

NYPD investigating two new possible hate crimes against Asians.  Two possible new hate crimes against Asian people are under investigation by police.  A man sucker-punched a 47-year-old Asian woman so hard she was knocked to the ground on Wednesday night in an unprovoked assault at the 2nd Ave. subway station in the Bowery, said police.  The victim told police that she was waiting for a Brooklyn-bound F train about 6:40 p.m. when she saw a man counting off numbers to himself on the platform.  The woman walked away from the man, but he followed her and punched her in the face, cops said.

Teen with AK-47 in Times Square subway confused about NYC gun laws: lawyer.  The Ohio teen allegedly caught with an AK-47 in a Times Square subway may have just been confused about New York's gun laws, his lawyer tried to argue in court on Sunday [4/18/2021].  But Manhattan judge Melissa C. Jackson rejected that argument — and the prosecutors' request that bail be set at $25,000 — as she ordered that 18-year-old Saadiq Teague stay behind bars until his next court date.  "This is an extremely serious case.  The case is up to 15 years in prison," Jackson said.  It was the teen's first appearance in court since he was busted around 12:30 p.m. Friday on the mezzanine level of the A, C and E station, allegedly with the weapon out next to him in plain sight.  The AK-47 was unloaded, but Teague had a fully loaded magazine in his backpack, along with a gas mask, sources previously told The [New York] Post.

Mexican-American woman, 70, 'is battered on LA bus by racist black woman, 23, who thought she was Asian-American'.  An elderly Mexican-American woman was badly beaten by a racist bus passenger who mistook her for an Asian-American, the victim's son said.  The 70-year-old victim, named only as Becky by her son Pete, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, swollen eyes and had her hair pulled out last Friday [4/9/2021].  She was attacked while on her way to go grocery shopping in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood.

MTA survey says fear of crime keeps New Yorkers from returning to subway.  Fear of crime and harassment in New York City subways is keeping many New Yorkers out of the system even as COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen, according to a survey released Monday by the MTA.  Roughly 36% of straphangers who relied on the subway before the pandemic said they "are not using transit because of crime and harassment," said the survey, which drew on answers from roughly 33,000 riders between March 15 to March 28. [...] The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new survey says 73% of riders who haven't returned are "very concerned about crime and harassment" on transit, while 76% also cited "health safety" on the subway as a major fear.

Man Waiting For The NYC Subway Gets Punched In The Face, Robbed In Broad Daylight.  Police are investigating a violent robbery caught on video in the subway.  It happened shortly before 3:30 p.m.  Sunday [4/4/2021] inside the 7th Avenue-West 34th Street station in Midtown.  Surveillance video shows the 50-year-old victim standing in front of the security booth when the suspect walks up and punches him the face.  The victim falls onto the ground, and the suspect continues to punch and kick him repeatedly.  [Video clip]

Ronald Bailey
Homeless man punched out, stomped and robbed by rival inside Manhattan subway station.  A homeless man giving directions inside a Manhattan subway station was punched out, stomped and robbed by a rival trying to sell illegal MetroCard swipes, police said Tuesday [4/6/2021].  Police identified the suspect as Ronald Bailey, 52, a repeat transit offender with more than 30 prior arrests.  Bailey got angry because he was trying to sell swipes — discounted entries into the subway system using a doctored MetroCard — and felt the victim, also 52, was getting in the way, according to cops.

Here's the woman accused of stabbing a man over a Queens subway seat.  Cops on Friday [4/2/2021] released surveillance images of a woman they say stabbed a straphanger over a Queens subway seat in the latest unprovoked attack underground.  The 54-year-old man told police that he was on a Manhattan-bound A train approaching the Broad Channel station around 8 a.m. Tuesday when he saw the woman sitting across a row of seats.  When he asked her to move her feet so he could sit down, the woman screamed "[...] you!" and pulled out a sharp object and jammed it into his arm and chest, cops said.  She exited the train at Broad Channel and ran out of the station, police said.

Video captures horrific, possible hate-fueled NYC subway beatdown.  Horrifying new video captures an out-of-control New York City subway rider mercilessly beating another straphanger unconscious in front of other passengers — in what cops are calling a possible hate crime.  The NYPD's Hate Crime Unit tweeted out footage of the violent incident, and the department said the attack is being investigated for possible bias.  However, sources said cops are still waiting for the victim to come forward before they can determine whether there was any.

Suspect arrested in stabbing of 14-year-old girl in Brooklyn subway station.  A woman wanted for stabbing a 14-year-old girl at a Brooklyn subway stop was busted after a transit worker spotted the suspect back at the same station two weeks later, police said Monday [3/29/2021].  Bianca Lewis, 21, was arrested Sunday [3/28/2021] for assault and weapon possession.  She allegedly knifed the teen inside the Sutter Ave.-Rutland Road station in Brownsville about 6 p.m. March 13, police said.  The victim tried to stun her attacker with a Taser before being stabbed in the wild brawl, cops said.  The mayhem began when the teen and her assailant got into an argument in a deli outside the station.  The victim, who was with other people at the time, walked off but the woman followed her into the elevated No. 3 train station, where they got into a fight on the mezzanine level in front of the turnstiles, startling surveillance video shows.  [Video clip]

Black Man Violently Attacks Asian On Manhattan-Bound Train — No MSM Coverage Or "Stop Asian Hate" Outrage.  The NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a video showing a man beating an Asian man relentlessly aboard a subway car before choking him until he appears to be unconscious.  Originally posted on Twitter [...] early Monday [3/29/2021], the tweet of the video purports the violent incident took place aboard a Manhattan-bound J train at the Kosciuszko Street station in Bushwick.  Police have not confirmed these details.  The nearly minute-long video appears to begin with a scuffle between the two men already in progress.  The footage shows a man dressed in all black then begins to repeatedly punch the Asian man down to the subway seat.  He then wraps his arm around the other man's neck, putting him in what appears to be a chokehold.

Total Savage Brutally Assaults And Chokes Out Asian Man On The NYC Subway, Steals His Apple Bag.  This was the disturbing scene on the NYC subway this weekend when a man brutally beat and choked an Asian man unconscious and finally, stealing his Apple purchase.  No one stood up to help to protect the victim throughout the near-minute-long assault.  [Video clip]

City Council candidate Susan Lee pushed down subway stairs in random attack.  A woman shoved an Asian American City Council candidate down a Manhattan subway staircase in a random attack last week, the candidate told The [New York] Post.  Candidate Susan Lee said she was in the stairwell at the Oculus subway station when she spotted the woman staring at her.  "You know she has this mischievous look on her face, and I was just thinking like, 'Oh gosh, this isn't good,'" Lee, 42, recalled of the March 17 incident.  "She pushed me," she said, adding that she grabbed the handrail to brace herself.  The council candidate said she isn't sure if the woman, who appeared to be homeless, picked on her because of her race or simply because she was alone and an easy target.

The Editor says...
These incidents are almost always reported as random attacks, yet the perpetrators are always black and the victims are always white or Asian.  That's not random.

Straphanger urinates on Asian woman inside NYC subway car.  A man urinated on an Asian woman aboard a Queens-bound subway train over the weekend, cops said Monday [3/22/2021].  The disgusting act unfolded around 1:30 p.m. Saturday [3/20/2021] when the creep [was] on an F train and started to relieve himself, according to police.  The horrified woman, who is in her 20s, shifted down the train, but the man then turned and started peeing on the subway seat next to her, splashing her with urine, cops said.

Man, 68, in critical condition after unprovoked punch on Manhattan subway was latest victim of anti-Asian hate: witness.  A 68-year-old man punched in the face by a stranger on a Tribeca subway train, leaving him in critical condition, was the latest victim of anti-Asian hate, a good Samaritan who helped the victim told the Daily News.  Police arrested a suspect, Marc Mathieu, 36, of the Bronx, on assault charges Sunday.  He was not immediately charged with a hate crime; the investigation was continuing, cops said.  The victim was minding his business riding an uptown No. 1 train when the unhinged assailant, sporting a fedora, black leather jacket, pink hoodie and an elaborate gold necklace, boarded the train about 2:40 p.m.  Friday, sources said. [...] Police found Mathieu and arrested him as he rode a Manhattan-bound Staten Island Ferry, cops said.

Crime Has Gotten So Bad In The NYC Subways, The Guardian Angels Are Passing Out Survival Guides.  Violence underground in NYC is on a terrifying roll.  The latest incident happened at the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center subway station in Brooklyn on Sunday morning [2/21/2021].  Police said a 29-year-old man was shoved from behind and fell on the tracks, but, fortunately, was able to lift himself up.  These attacks have prompted new patrols by members of the Guardian Angels.  [Video clip]

Man Throws Hot Cup Of Coffee In Bus Driver's Face When Asked To Pay In NYC.  The NYPD has been searching for a man who threw hot coffee in the face of an MTA bus driver in the Bronx earlier in February, police said Thursday [2/25/2021].  Authorities said it started when the unidentified man boarded the BX6 bus without paying the fare on the morning of Feb. 3.  [Video clip]

Suspect in NYC subway
Suspect wanted for punching Asian man in unprovoked NYC subway attack caught on video jumping turnstile.  A suspect wanted for battering an Asian man in an unprovoked Manhattan subway station attack was caught on surveillance video jumping a turnstile, wearing a cheery sweater depicting a snowfall while scowling behind a red bandanna.  Cops released the video Thursday and asked the public's help identifying and tracking down the suspect in the possible hate crime.  The Tuesday night beatdown is the latest in a string of attacks against Asian New Yorkers.  Teoh Ming was entering the East Broadway subway station near Rutgers St. when his attacker stormed up and punched him, knocking him to the ground about 8:50 p.m.

Assaults on NYC subway cops tripled in January from last year.  Cops on the front lines of a spike in subway crime are taking a beating, NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen O'Reilly said Thursday [2/18/2021].  The NYPD reported 42 felony assaults in the subway throughout January — and 15 of the victims were police officers.  That's three times the number of subway cops who were assaulted in January 2019, O'Reilly said.  The rise in cop beatings came before the NYPD deployed more than 500 extra cops into the subway over the weekend following a one-man stabbing spree on the A line that killed two people.

7 shot near busy transit hub in Philadelphia.  A gunman opened fire near a busy Philadelphia transit hub on Wednesday [2/17/2021], striking and injuring seven people, including a teen girl and two elderly men — one of whom was left critically wounded, local reports said.  The shooting unfolded at around 2:50 p.m. at Broad Street and Olney Avenue near the Olney Transportation Center, a SEPTA bus and subway station, NBC10 Philadelphia reported.  The victims were a 22-year-old man who was shot once in the back, a 21-year-old man and a 53-year-old man who were both shot once in the right leg, a 36-year-old woman who was shot in the right thigh, a 70-year-old man who was also hit in the right thigh, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the right arm and a 71-year-old man was shot once in the stomach and several times in both legs, according to the news outlet.

'I just feel like punching someone today': Homeless man charged five times in six months for socking strangers.  To hear law enforcement tell it, Jose Gonzalez likes to talk to strangers with his fists.  "Don't shout!" Gonzalez is accused of screaming at his most recent victim.  "I just feel like punching someone today!"  Gonzalez's Jan. 5 attack on a 74-year-old straphanger at a Bronx subway station was the latest in a string of five random attacks he carried out against strangers since August, cops said.  His arrest record got attention from Police Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday [2/16/2021], who used Gonzalez's case as an example of the court system's inability to put violent predators behind bars.

Soaring crime is killing NYC's subway system.  Two more straphangers met their gruesome end on Gotham's subways over the weekend, bringing the transit-murder total in just over a year to eight.  Before 2020 and 2021, it took five years for eight murders to occur on transit — and that was with much higher ridership.  "The events of the last 24 hours are horrifying," says acting New York City Transit boss Sarah Feinberg.  Yes, indeed.  The latest victims are a 44-year-old woman and an adult man, stabbed to death by an apparent stranger on two separate A trains.  Two others were assaulted in the same 24 hours, possibly by the same attacker.  It's just dumb luck that even more people haven't died.  A day before the two murders, a teenage boy was the most recent near-victim, tumbling to the tracks during a violent robbery.  Over the previous week, almost a dozen people fell prey to various slashings and pushings.

'A-Train Ripper' identified as Rigoberto Lopez, homeless man from Brooklyn.  The "A-Train Ripper" was identified Sunday [2/14/2021] as a 21-year-old homeless man who has been previously arrested at least four times — including for allegedly assaulting a cop and his own father.  Rigoberto Lopez — who has been hospitalized at least twice for mental issues — allegedly confessed to NYPD cops that he launched the violent weekend subway spree that left a man and woman dead and two men wounded, authorities said.  "I'm not going to get into motive, but what I can tell you is they were all unprovoked attacks," NYPD Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of Manhattan North Patrol, told reporters at a briefing Sunday.  "The victims had nothing, didn't initiate anything."  Lopez — who lives in a shelter in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn — had previously "been removed to the hospital two times for, I'll say, mental illness," McGee said.

Mentally ill homeless man confessed to all four unprovoked attacks in NYC A-train subway stabbing spree: sources.  A homeless man with a history of mental illness was charged Sunday with a grisly stabbing spree on the A train line that left two people dead and two others wounded — and the city gripped with fear.  Rigoberto Astwood Lopez, 21, was nabbed around 6:15 p.m. Saturday at W. 186th St. and Audubon Ave. in Washington Heights after hundreds of cops were deployed to keep the public safe from the mystery killer.  He confessed to all four unprovoked attacks, sources said.  Cops charged Lopez with murder and attempted murder Sunday afternoon [2/14/2021].

'A-Train Ripper' busted, still covered in blood, in knife attacks on NYC subway.  The "A-train Ripper" is in custody, police confirmed Sunday [2/14/2021].  The knife-wielding madman was wanted in a gruesome subway spree that left two homeless people dead and two others slashed along the A train line, and was nabbed in Upper Manhattan on Saturday, law-enforcement sources said.  His shoes were still splattered with his victims' blood when he was taken into custody — and he was still in possession of the bloody knife, one source added.  The yet-named suspect was in custody at the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights on Saturday, sources said.  Police said Sunday that he has since been transferred from the precinct, although they wouldn't say where.

Two stabbed dead, two wounded on separate A trains across New York City in gory 14-hour rampage by deranged spree killer.  A knife-wielding homeless killer savagely executed two helpless victims and wounded two more as he carved a gory path in a 14-hour subway stabbing spree on the A train line from Manhattan to Queens, police said Saturday [2/13/2021].  Police pressed a desperate search for the suspect Saturday night in the gruesome and unprovoked attacks on a quartet of homeless victims.  "There is small army of detectives and investigators working all this night throughout New York City," said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Two people found fatally stabbed on separate NYC subway trains.  Two people were fatally stabbed at opposite ends of the A train overnight, and cops are probing whether the terrifying bloodbath is the work of a single attacker.  The first victim, an apparently homeless man, was discovered at 11:20 p.m. Friday [2/12/2021] at Mott Avenue and Beach 22nd Street Station in Queens, with multiple stab wounds in the neck and torso, according to cops, who said the unidentified man was declared dead at the scene.  About two hours later, a woman with multiple stab wounds was found at the A train station at West 207 Street and Broadway in Inwood, cops said.  The 44-year-old woman was taken to New York Presbyterian-Allen Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to authorities.

Calls for more cops on NYC subway grow louder following A train carnage.  The outcry for more cops on city subways reached a fever pitch Saturday [2/13/2021] in the wake of a killer's rampage on the A line.  And the NYPD appeared to be listening, announcing at least 500 more officers would be on patrol underground by Monday.  Shell-shocked riders and angry officials pulled no punches in demanding safer subways, as a massive manhunt got underway for a lone madman believed to be responsible for fatally stabbing two homeless people and slashing two others in a 14-hour span Friday and Saturday.  Shaken straphangers at the A train's Far Rockaway Mott Avenue station called for stepped-up security, including increased patrols and even metal detectors.

Man stabbed in Manhattan subway station in latest unprovoked attack.  A Queens man's offer to escort his girlfriend home from her restaurant job almost cost him his life.  Construction worker Gino Delacruz-Rodriguez, while waiting for a Bronx-bound No. 1 train at the Christopher St. station Thursday night [2/11/2021], was stabbed in the stomach by a stranger as his girlfriend watched in horror.  "It just happened out of nowhere," said girlfriend Julia Calel on Friday about the West Village attack.  "The guy did nothing, said nothing," before he stabbed the victim, she said.  The 33-year-old Peruvian immigrant was fast asleep Friday afternoon at the couple's Corona home, hours after being discharged from the hospital.

Senior citizen knocked to ground, kicked by Manhattan bus passenger, as attacker's small child watches.  A nasty New York nanny with a child in tow pushed a 73-year-old woman down in the snow and kicked her because the peeved passenger didn't have enough room to squeeze by as she was getting off a Manhattan bus, cops said Wednesday [2/10/2021].  The victim said she was trying to negotiate a narrow path in the snow at W. 57th St. near Eighth Ave. on Feb. 3 when an impatient passenger exiting the bus pushed her and kicked her several times before running off with the child.  The senior citizen said the driver had stopped the bus shortly after 11 a.m. to wait for her, and was allowing her to board from the back to keep her from having to walk to the front along the slippery ice and snow with her cane.

Just Another Lovely Day On A Los Angeles City Bus... With Some Rival Gang Members.  It's never a dull moment on these LA buses, especially when you have rival gang members going full battle royal on each other.  Social media says these are Mexican gang members and some rival black gang.  [Video clip]

Unhinged man with history of subway violence shoves stranger onto tracks in Manhattan: cops.  A mentally ill man with a history of arrests in the subway, including for threatening an MTA employee with a pipe, has been grabbed by police again — this time for shoving a stranger onto the tracks, officials said Wednesday [2/3/2021].  Calvin Wilson is accused of pushing the 26-year-old victim off the A/C platform at the Fulton St. station in lower Manhattan about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday [2/2/2021].  The attack was unprovoked, officials said.  The victim managed to get back onto the platform before a train arrived in the station, suffering minor injuries to his right ankle, leg and hand, officials said.

Man randomly pushes straphanger onto NYC subway tracks in latest attack.  An unhinged man randomly shoved a straphanger onto the tracks in a Lower Manhattan subway station this week — the latest in a spate of similar incidents that Commissioner Dermot Shea called "too common."  The 26-year-old victim was standing on the northbound platform at the Fulton Street/Broadway-Nassau station around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday when the attacker suddenly shoved him, propelling him onto the tracks, cops said.  The victim suffered non-life-threatening ankle, leg and hand injuries.  It was unclear if a train was pulling in at the time.  The alleged attacker, Calvin Wilson, 38, was quickly arrested after he fled to the street, Shea said in a NY1 interview Wednesday morning [2/3/2021].

Guardian Angel Throws A Karate Kick At State Assembly Candidate On NYC Subway.  A Guardian Angel member has resigned from the volunteer group after he was captured on video getting into a scuffle with two subway passengers, one of whom he tried to "karate kick," according to the group's founder and video posted to Twitter.  The red-beret-wearing Angels member could be seen on a Q train in Midtown Thursday having some angry words with a group of passengers who had just attended a protest — including Patrick Bobilin, a candidate for the state assembly's 76th District — before approaching them and appearing to throw a kick at them.  [Video clip]

NYC subway shove victim says she 'literally saw nothing' before attack.  The woman who was randomly shoved into a moving train in Manhattan this week said she "literally saw nothing" before the sudden attack.  Alexandra Sheehan, 31, of East Meadow, Long Island, was at the Lexington Avenue/59th Street station around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, when Linda Chavez, 33, of Queens, suddenly pushed her as a 6 train rolled in, authorities said.  "I literally saw nothing before," Sheehan told the Post in an exclusive interview as she stood near the door of her home Wednesday.  "I just got pushed as the train was pulling in."  Sheehan struck the first train car and fell back onto the platform, suffering an arm injury, police said.

Man slashed across the face at Manhattan subway station: cops.  A man was slashed across the face inside a Manhattan subway station Wednesday morning [2/3/2021], cops said.  The victim was attacked around 8:30 a.m. on the L train platform at the 14th Street and 1st Avenue station, authorities said.  "It was an older man.  His face was slashed," an MTA employee told the [New York] Post.  "It was bad.  It was very deep.  The string from [his] mask was inside of [the slash wound].  He was bleeding profusely."

Cops make arrest in hammer attack of NYC subway rider.  Cops have collared a suspect in the hammer attack of a straphanger in a Manhattan subway station, police said.  Jose Moreno, 47, was arrested Friday afternoon [1/15/2021] and charged with two counts of assault, according to cops.  Moreno allegedly hit the unsuspecting subway rider in the back of the head with a hammer while he waited for the southbound A train at the 175th Street station in Washington Heights at 11 a.m.  Sunday, according to police.

Naked Man Attacks Riders at NYC Station, Dies From Electrocution Amid Brawl:  NYPD.  Cell phone video shows a naked man who appears to be emotionally disturbed inside the subway station.  Police say that man approaches a stranger and, unprovoked, begins to attack him before pushing him onto the tracks. [...] "Just a little shaken because I have a daughter and I always tell her to be aware of her surroundings," the witness said.  They say they've seen many emotionally disturbed people in the subway system and wish they were getting the help they need.

Subway assault victim 'stunned' and 'scared' after assailant's release.  One of at least five victims of a string of attacks at a Brooklyn subway stop ripped the NYPD Monday for what she believes is a failure to keep women who use the station safe.  "I was stunned that this had happened so many times.  I didn't see any police stationed there.  There were no flyers," Bianca Fortis said Monday, a week after the attack in East Williamsburg's Morgan Ave. station.  The attack left the 32-year-old journalist with multiple bruises on her face, shoulder and chest.  On Saturday [1/2/2021], another woman was attacked at the same location — bringing the total number of police-reported incidents there to five.  "There's not enough security," Fortis told The [New York] Post.  "After it happened the first time, or certainly the second, there should have been more information.  Even just a flyer saying be on alert."

Man busted for series of attacks on women in NYC subway station.  A [black] man suspected in a string of random assaults on [white] women at a Brooklyn subway station was arrested Tuesday [1/5/2021] and charged with a slew of hate crimes, authorities said.  Khari Covington, 29, is accused of attacking nine women in separate instances in East Williamsburg since last August, according to police.  Seven of the alleged assaults occurred in transit — mainly at the Morgan Avenue subway station — while two were committed nearby on street level, police said.  Covington targeted light-skinned women, sources said.

The Editor says...
Hmmm...  He "targeted light-skinned women."  Is that a gentle way of saying he's a violent racist, and that he has committed a number of racially-motivated hate crimes?

Khari Covington
Man, 29, is charged with hate crimes for 'beating nine light-skinned women in random attacks over six weeks' in a New York City subway station.  A man has been arrested after carrying out a suspected string of random assaults on 'light-skinned' women at a Brooklyn subway station.  Khari Covington, 29, was arrested and charged with a slew of hate crimes on Tuesday [1/5/2021].  He is accused of attacking nine women on separate occasions in East Williamsburg since last August.  Seven of the alleged assaults occurred within the Morgan Avenue subway station.  Two other assaults happened on the streets above.  Covington lives at a homeless shelter two blocks from the train station.

Bat-wielding man injures multiple people in NYC during crazy crime spree.  A crazed man left 10 people injured and a wild trail of destruction behind him during a Manhattan rampage Saturday night that involved subway assaults, street beat-downs and two carjackings, according to cops and police sources.  Suspect Bryan Thompson, 43, of Atlantic City, NJ, was wielding what his victims said was everything from a bat to tree branch to wooden clubs — or all of the above at various times — as he raged from Tribeca to Chelsea for less than an hour, police and sources said.  "He was a one-man crime spree," a police source said.  Thompson allegedly started his attacks in a subway platform in Tribeca at around 6:35 p.m.  He was in the station at Varick and Canal streets when he battered at least three people — a 39-year-old woman, 18-year-old Manhattan man and 57-year-old guy — over the head "with a wooden weapon" in "unprovoked" attacks on the uptown No. 2 train platform, the NYPD said.

The Editor says...
How does the New York Post writer know with any certainty that the attacker was "crazed?"  Maybe he's just violent.  It would be informative to know if the perpetrator is black and all the victims are white, but it's too much to expect the newspapers to provide that kind of detail any more.

6 make anti-Asian statements, assault maskless woman at Manhattan subway station: police.  Police are searching for six people who allegedly assaulted a maskless woman inside a subway station in Manhattan earlier this month.  It happened on Dec. 17 around 1:45 p.m. inside the subway station at Avenue of the Americas and West 4 Street.  A 32-year-old woman was riding the southbound A train when she was approached by six people who engaged in a verbal dispute over the fact she was not wearing a mask while on public transportation, police said.  The suspects then made anti-Asian statements relative to COVID-19 toward the victim, authorities said.

Homeless man set free after slugging woman in random subway attack.  A homeless man with 77 prior arrests sucker-punched a 68-year-old woman in a random attack inside a Manhattan subway station — and was only issued a desk appearance ticket before being set free, according to cops and police sources.  The victim, Rosella Trombetta, was heading home from her job as a designer for a clothing company, on the northbound R train platform of the 34th Street-Herald Square station, just before 8 p.m.  Tuesday when John Chappell, 64, suddenly clobbered her in the face, breaking her nose, according to police and her boyfriend Bob Edis, 77.  "She was the only one on the platform, standing in the middle, and she was reading her Kindle," Edis told the Post Wednesday at the couple's Upper East Side apartment.  "The guy just came up on her and punched her in the face.  It threw her back, so she has whiplash now.  He was going to go after her again, but she started screaming because she was hurt.  He walked off."

Latest NYC subway shove victim describes terrifying attack.  A woman who became the latest victim in a string of random subway attacks is recovering in the hospital with a fractured neck and says there is nothing she could have done differently to prevent the suspect from targeting her.  Ruth Leon-Villegas recalled how she lay on the platform of the West 4th St.-Washington Square station in pain as suspect Matthew Montanez, 23, creepily stared at her after the attack — and no onlookers came to her aid despite her pleas.  "I was saying, "help me, help me."  People were taking pictures but nobody did anything," Leon-Villegas recalled.

Woman left with fractured neck after stranger jumps her, sends her flying into metal pole on Greenwich Village subway platform.  A Queens woman waiting for a Manhattan train wound up with a fractured neck Monday night [12/14/2020] after a stranger pounced on top of her, then hurled her straight into a metal column — the latest in an alarming spate of attacks in city subway stations.  Ruth Leon-Villegas was waiting on the F train platform at the W. Fourth St.-Washington Square station in Greenwich Village when Matthew Montanez, 23, of Queens Village, attacked her about 9:30 p.m., police said.

2 subway station shoves under investigation in New York City.  The NYPD is investigating two frightening subway station shove incidents in Manhattan over the last few days.  On Monday night [12/14/2020], a 55-year-old woman was shoved into the side of a train as it was pulling into the station at West 4th Street in Greenwich Village.  The victim bounced off the train and fell onto the platform.  Police say the suspect, 23-year-old Matthew Montanez, waited on the platform to be arrested.  Authorities are also trying to identify a woman wanted for questioning in a shoving incident in Washington Heights on Sunday.

Matthew Montanez
Commuter breaks neck and spine after stranger shoved her into oncoming New York Subway train.  A commuter is seriously-ill with a broken neck and spine after a stranger shoved her into an oncoming New York Subway train in an unprovoked attack.  The unidentified assault victim, who is 55, was pushed into the side of the F train as it pulled into West 4th Street Station in Manhattan on Monday night [12/14/2020].  She struck the side of the passenger car, before falling back onto the concrete platform.  Eyewitnesses snapped photos in the aftermath of the attack showing the woman receiving medical treatment, and the man suspected of pushing her being cuffed after he was arrested.  The woman was rushed to hospital with fractures to her spine and neck, where she remains in a seriously-ill but stable condition.  Matthew Montanez, 23, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault over the attack.  He has five previous arrests on suspicion of crimes including grand and petty larceny.

The Editor says...
Notice the difference between the U.S. coverage of this story and the British version:  In the U.K., they didn't name the victim, and in the U.S., they didn't show any pictures of the perpetrator.

Parolee gang member busted for slashing NYC straphanger who refused to buy MetroCard from him.  A gang member on parole for assault was charged with slashing a straphanger who refused to buy MetroCard swipes from him at an East Harlem subway stop, police said Saturday [12/12/2020].  Robert Bazemore, 34, was spotted near the 110th St.-Lexington Ave. station and taken into custody Friday night [12/11/2020].  "Already on parole for assault, a 34-year-old Queens resident & reputed gang member was arrested last night by District 4 officers & charged in connection to this violent act," NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen O'Reilly tweeted Saturday.

NYPD increasing patrol in subway stations after string of pushes, attacks.  After a string of subway pushes and attacks, the NYPD is sending dozens of police officers back into New York City's transit system.  According to the NYPD, 120 officers are being moved back to the transit beat after being moved in the summer to help cover protests across the city.  The increase comes after three scary subway shovings in the past week alone.

Brooklyn man latest victim of subway shove attacks.  A 29-year-old straphanger became the latest New Yorker shoved onto subway tracks on Sunday when he was attacked at a Brooklyn station.  The victim was on a northbound 4 train shortly before 11:30 a.m. when his attacker, who had been sleeping, woke up and began screaming at him, police said.  It was unclear what the suspect was screaming, the cops said.  When the victim and his girlfriend got off at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop, the screaming man also got off and followed the couple, then pushed him onto the southbound tracks before running off.  The victim was able to get back on the platform and was not seriously hurt, police said.

Violent Crime Surge in New York City Hitting Subways.  We all know that violent crime is surging in New York City.  Now residents are becoming more concerned about how safe New York subways are.  Several recent incidents on the subway platforms have people wondering how bad things can get. [...] One of the 300,000 residents of the city who have moved out since the first of the year said this kind of crime is exactly why he left.

Three knife attacks erupt in midtown Manhattan in a matter of hours.  Midtown Manhattan saw at least three knife attacks in a matter of hours this weekend.  A 51-year-old man was left bleeding on 34th Street and 8th Avenue early Sunday morning, in the latest knife attack in the area.  "I heard a scream and then saw a guy running toward the subway," witness Seka Quina, 23, told the New York Post.  "Then others started running.  I turned and saw the guy on the ground bleeding — a lot.  It looked bad," Quina said.  The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m., and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.  Blocks away, another man was stabbed to death outside of a pizza shop on Saturday night, and another man riding the subway was cut in the face as his train pulled into Grand Central Station.

Homeless Man Pushes Woman In Front Of Subway In New York.  A shocking new video shows the moment an unhinged homeless man shoves an unsuspecting straphanger to the tracks just before the subway pulls into the station.  Surveillance footage posted to social media shows the man pacing back and forth on the northbound 4/5/6 platform at 14th Street-Union Square just before 8:30 on Thursday morning before running at the 40-year-old woman and pushing her onto the tracks.  One of the other straphangers grabs his head in shock and turns away, the video shows.  The woman, though, escaped only with minor injuries from her fall.  [Video clip]

3 People Shot In Broad Daylight In The Bronx By Subway Concourse.  Three people, including a teenager, were shot in the Bronx in broad daylight on Monday afternoon [11/16/2020] outside a subway station.  The shooting was reported on Grand Concourse and East 170th Street around 3 p.m. while terrified witnesses watched.  Witnesses told police the three victims — ages 16, 22 and 23 — were walking down the street when a man approached them with his gun drawn.  According to witnesses, the suspect approached the victims from behind, said "hey" and then opened fire on the street.

'I could see he was crazy' earlier victim alleges of Rick Moranis attack suspect.  Nearly six months before he allegedly knocked Rick Moranis to the ground outside the actor's Upper West Side apartment, Marquis Ventura was charged with an even more violent, unprovoked attack on a Bronx subway.  "I could see he was crazy," the victim in that attack, mom and restaurant manager Ashley Davis, told The [New York] Post.  "I was telling the police — This guy's not right.  This guy's got a mental illness."  Davis, 34, was on a downtown 5 with her husband, Glenn Smith, 34, when Ventura — who'd been walking between train cars — allegedly jumped them, she said.  Ventura is charged with misdemeanor assault in the April 13 attack, according to online court records.  "This dude just randomly started beating [...] me and my husband," she said.

Suspect in custody for Rick Moranis assault.  Police on Saturday arrested a homeless, violent ex-con and charged him with randomly slugging actor Rick Moranis last month on the Upper West Side, The [New York] Post has learned.  A Transit Bureau sergeant spotted Marquis Ventura, 35, at 96th Street and Broadway and made the arrest.  Images of Ventura's masked face had been widely publicized in the month since the unprovoked, caught-on-video attack steps from the actor's Central Park West apartment.

Rona Love is a man
Paroled killer arrested in NYC subway shooting.  A two-time murderer who'd been released on lifetime parole is back behind bars — after she [sic] was arrested on Friday [10/30/2020] for allegedly shooting a man in the neck during an argument at a Manhattan subway station earlier this month, police said.  Before being released just last year, Rona Love, 59, had spent 25 years in prison for two murders she [sic] committed in the 1990s.  She [sic] is now charged with attempted murder in an Oct. 18 shooting inside the 1/2/3 station at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue in Greenwich Village, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Twitter.  The victim in that attack, a 24-year-old man, managed to walk himself to the nearby Lenox Health Center and has survived.

The Editor says...
The NYPD says Rona Love is a man.  Look at his "wanted" poster.

Man Gets Spit By Woman On While Riding Bus, Woman Gets Pushed Off Smashing Her Face On Concrete.  A video showing an unmasked woman spitting on a fellow bus passenger was posted on TikTok, and transit police say they are now investigating the incident.  In the video, the woman who spat on someone gets shoved down the steps and out the side door of the bus.  Transit police say they only learned of the event after the video began making the rounds on the social media platform TikTok on Thursday morning.  [Video clip]

Woman, 28, shoved onto Times Square subway tracks in unprovoked attack.  A stranger shoved a 28-year-old woman onto the subway tracks at the Times Square-42nd Street station Friday morning, cops said.  The victim was waiting on the northbound N/Q/R platform around 9:40 a.m. when a man who appeared to be homeless suddenly pushed her from behind onto the tracks without provocation, authorities said.  The victim suffered only minor injuries to her wrist and was treated at NYU Langone Hospital, police said.

Woman, 73, pushed onto Brooklyn subway tracks during fight with stranger over marijuana smoke.  A pot-smoking stranger shoved a 73-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn Monday after her grandson and husband demanded he stop toking weed on the platform, police said.  The family confronted the man puffing on a joint on the Manhattan-bound C train platform at the Clinton/Washington Aves. station in Fort Greene about 1:45 p.m.

Renowned Japanese jazz pianist attacked by teens in NYC subway station.  A renowned Japanese jazz pianist was brutally attacked after bumping into a group of teens at a Harlem subway station, authorities said.  Tadataka Unno, 40, was leaving the W. 135th station near St.  Nicholas Park around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and tried to get around a group of teens blocking the exit turnstile.  One of the girls pushed him, claiming that the musician had bumped into her, cops said.  "My girl is pregnant!" her boyfriend screamed, as he repeatedly punched Unno in the head, police said.  The musician, known to friends as Tada, tried to scramble out of the station but the enraged teen knocked him on the ground and screamed "Chinese!" police sources said.

Black Woman Goes INSANE, Assaults Old White Man On Train Over Mask, Then Calls All 'Honkies' Racists With Privilege.  A black woman absolutely lost her mind on the Q in New York when an elderly man asked her to wear a mask.  The woman is seen pushing and shoving the elderly gentleman and cursing him.  The man filming tells her to calm down and stop assaulting the elderly man.  This is the point the woman goes on a racist rant claiming all 'honkies' stick together while calling everyone else racist.  [Video clip]

Man pushed onto subway tracks helped to safety by good Samaritan.  A man was pushed onto the subway tracks by a stranger in Columbus Circle Thursday morning [9/24/2020] — but got back onto the platform with the help of a good Samaritan, police said.  Raphael Mejias, 25, told cops he was standing on the south bound D train platform at the 59th Street station around 5:40 a.m. when a man he didn't know pushed him from behind, according to police.  He told cops that no words were exchanged.  "He was able to get back up onto the platform with the help of a good Samaritan," a police spokesman said. [...] The man who pushed him was described as standing about 6 feet tall and wearing a gray sweat suit.

The Editor says...
I guess it goes without saying that the perpetrator was black, because the writer in the New York Post didn't say it.

NY subway thug
Good Samaritan subway rider stomped by madman for stopping robbery on the D train.  A Good Samaritan straphanger suffered a savage beating after stepping up to save a sleeping subway rider from a would-be thief aboard a Brooklyn train, police said Wednesday [9/23/2020].  The gutsy woman, a designer on her way to an early-morning photo shoot, was knocked to the subway floor and kicked repeatedly by the crazed bandit as she rode a nearly empty Coney Island-bound D train shortly before 5 a.m. this past Saturday.  She suffered facial cuts, two black eyes and a fractured finger before the man fled at the Union St. stop, police said.

Black Man Assaults Random 'White' Woman on Miami Metromover, Attacked Two Other White Men Earlier.  Surveillance video shows Joshua James King recently beating up Andrea Puerta while she was alone inside Miami's Metromover, police said.  She said she had never seen him before.  King, 25, punched Puerta, 29, more than 20 times during the Sept. 4 attack.  He kicked, pushed, and slammed her headfirst.  She suffered a concussion.  [Video clip]

[Black] man, 25, viciously assaults lone [White] female rider, 29, in unprovoked attack on Miami metro.  A Miami metro rider has been caught on camera viciously assaulting a lone female traveler in an unprovoked, random attack.  Joshua James King, 25, is accused of beating up Andrea Puerta, 29, during the incident on September 4, leaving her with a concussion, a broken rib and bruising.  Surveillance footage shows King walking onto the metro before launching the sustained attack on Puerta.  The clip shows him kick her, slam her head and punch her more than 20 times.

Philly Cop Gets Assaulted By Thug On Train Platform.  Not much info on this video, unfortunately.  As per usual, the mainstream media has not one story on this fight between a Philadelphia cop and a perp on a train platform even though it's gone viral on social media.  [Video clip]

London knife crime: 12 stabbed in 24 hours of violence.  Twelve people were stabbed across London in less than 24 hours.  At least three of the victims assaulted on Saturday night [9/5/2020] were teenagers, and one was 79-years-old.  None have died.  The scenes of the bloodshed included a London bus, DLR station and Underground station.

Heinous Monster Caught Trying To Rape Woman On NYC Subway Platform.  Police have charged a man who is accused of attempting to rape a woman at an Upper East Side subway platform in the middle of the day.  The incident was reported Saturday inside the Lexington Avenue and East 63rd Street subway station around 11 a.m.  The 25-year-old victim was on the platform when the man approached her and pushed her to the ground.  The victim said she first noticed the suspect when they were on the same train and she noticed him smoking something.  She told police she got off the train in an attempt to get away from him and he followed her onto the platform.  [Video clip]

'Absolutely infuriating': Over 400 subway windows smashed, costing $300K.  Windows were smashed on two more No. 7 trains Friday night, police said, as the MTA warns that the ongoing vandalism could impact service.  Patrick Warren, the MTA's chief safety and security officer and acting COO of MTA NYC Transit, said 21 windows were busted on two trains.  Damage on one train was discovered just before 10 p.m. in the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue station.  The second train was found vandalized just after 10 p.m. at the 103rd Street station, according to Warren.  Officials believe the vandalism is happening from inside the train using a blunt object while the train is in motion, Warren said.

Window-smashing spree on No. 7 line could force cuts to subway service.  Villainous vandals have smashed so many windows on No. 7 trains over the last six months that the MTA may be forced to cut service on the line due to a glass shortage, said MTA sources with knowledge of the matter.  A video shared online Wednesday night [8/19/2020] shows a train at the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. station with its windows smashed up.

Victim in Queens NYPD chokehold bust has been arrested again.  A Brooklyn man whose June arrest went viral — prompting charges against a police officer accused of using an illegal chokehold on him — has been arrested for the second time since the fame-inducing incident.  Ricky Bellevue, 35, was charged with robbery, menacing, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stolen credit card for allegedly snatching a 14-year-old girl's backpack on an A train near the Beach 44th Street station in Queens on Thursday.  Bellevue first asked the teen for money but became incensed when she refused, the sources said.  "I will stab you," he allegedly said.  "Don't touch me!"  He ran off, but cops caught up with Bellevue Friday [7/31/2020] on Third Avenue in the Bronx and took him into custody.

Queens woman details how she was attacked as she shot video of No. 7 subway assault.  The punches came so fast, she didn't know what to do.  A Queens woman says a man and a woman on the subway turned their rage on her when they discovered she was recording them after they attacked another passenger.  The vicious assault left her with a black eye and a swollen face, 26-year-old Victoria told the Daily News on Saturday.  She also has cuts and bruises on her arms and legs.  "You get punched in the face that many times, you just don't really know what's going on around you," said the Astoria woman, who asked that her last name not be used.  "I just couldn't believe it was happening."

Couple Goes Crazy On NYC Subway, Assaults 2, Terrorizes Everyone.  Couple in Queens assaulted 2 people on 7/27/20 at Queensborough Plaza on the 7 train.  You can see the couple threatening just about everyone sitting and at the end of the video, the woman demands the mobile phone video be deleted.  There have been no news reports on the incident as of yet.  [Video clip]

San Francisco bus driver beaten with baseball bat after asking passengers to wear masks: police.  A San Francisco bus driver was allegedly beaten with a wooden baseball bat last week after asking three passengers to put on face masks to comply with the city's coronavirus public health order.  Three men boarded the bus operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — or Muni — in the city's South of Market neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, San Francisco Police Department Officer Robert Rueca said in a statement Friday.  The driver asked the passengers multiple times to wear a mask but they refused, so the driver pulled over to let them off.

Police searching for woman who assaulted bus driver over long layover.  Police are searching for a woman who assaulted a bus driver over a long layover in Culver City, officials said Tuesday [7/14/2020].  Surveillance video of the Sunday incident shows a woman making her way through the bus, toward the driver and then pulling the driver out of her seat and striking her repeatedly as the driver tries to push her away.  "The female suspect yelled, 'Drive,' to the bus driver before assaulting her," the Culver City Police Department said.  [Video clip]

'Heinous and unprovoked' stabbing spree on New York subway.  Passengers on board a New York subway carriage were subjected to a brutal and unprovoked knife assault in broad daylight.  The shocking incident was caught on video, and comes amid a crime surge in the Big Apple.  [Video clip]

Unhinged straphanger slashes two elderly men on Queens subway.  An unhinged straphanger slashed two elderly men on a Queens subway in an unprovoked attack caught on camera.  Patrick Chambers, 46, was arrested shortly after the July 5 attack on a No. 7 train rolling towards the 52nd St.-Lincoln Ave. station in Sunnyside, cops said.

Shocking Video Shows Deranged Man Stabbing Multiple People On NYC Subway.  We have a feeling you won't see this on the evening news.  In another bloody incident of violent crime caught on tape, an assailant armed with a knife slashes at least two terrified men on a subway car in NYC. The incident was filmed by one very steady-handed bystander. [...] This isn't the only stabbing incident we've seen lately.  In Houston, a group of bystanders were recently filmed helping police subdue an unhinged attacker at a gas station on Fuqua Street in southeast Houston.  At first, it seems the man filming had the audacity to tell the officers who were arresting the attacker "don't put your hands on his neck now".

Gang Of 8 Teenage Girls Brutally Beat Another For The Crime Of Talking To A Boy, Break Her Ribs, Face.  The 15-year-old victim was alone and waiting for a train at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station when she was set upon by eight females who filmed their brazen Sunday afternoon [7/5/2020] attack.  In a Facebook comment, the distraught mum said her daughter was left bleeding from the nose and mouth, suffered broken ribs, severe bruising and a suspected broken cheekbone.

ER nurse beaten with cane in unprovoked attack inside Bronx subway station.  An emergency room nurse heading home from her shift over the weekend was brutally beaten with a cane inside a Bronx subway station in an unprovoked attack, police said Monday [7/6/2020].  Irina Langdon, 53, was on the mezzanine in the 149th St.-Grand Concourse No. 4 line station about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday when a man attacked her without warning, cops said.  He struck her multiple times with a cane in the head, arms and ribs.  Two Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers called 911, and Langdon was taken to the emergency room at Lincoln Hospital — where she had been working earlier in the night in the pediatric department.  The attacker ran out of the station and is being sought by police.

Man trying to break up fight pushed into Harlem subway train and dies: cops.  A man trying to break up a fight at a Harlem subway station Friday [7/3/2020] was killed when he was pushed as a train barreled in, wedging him between the platform and a subway car, police and witnesses said.  Cops said the victim intervened between a man and two teenage girls who were fighting on the platform at the 125th Street and Lenox Ave. station, which serves the Nos. 2 and 3 trains.  According to witnesses, the man in the fight pushed the victim as a downtown No. 2 train pulled into the station.  Passengers said the pushed man lost his balance, and fell between two cars as the train was still moving. [...] There were no cameras on the downtown platform, but investigators are using video from the uptown side to search for clues about what happened.

The Editor says...
There are surveillance cameras everywhere in the country — especially in mass transit systems.  Everywhere except the 125th Street and Lenox Ave. subway station in New York City, which is one of the most likely places for violent crime to take place.

Police seek man who stabbed rider on county bus.  Hollywood police are searching for a man who they said stabbed another man on a Broward County bus.  Surveillance video of the May 17 incident was released on Thursday [7/2/2020].  Police said the stabbing occurred around 4:30 p.m. that day while the bus was in the area of Federal Highway near Polk Street.  According to authorities, the victim was walking to an empty seat when he accidentally bumped into another man.  [Video clip]

New York City man wanted after woman, 73, punched in face on subway platform, police say.  New York City police are searching for a man in connection to the assault on a 73-year-old woman who was punched in the face while standing on a subway platform last week.  The incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on June 17 at the 174-175th Street station in the Bronx, police said.  The woman was waiting on the Manhattan-bound side of the platform when a man walked up to her and punched her in the side of her face before fleeing the station, police said.  He did not speak or have any interaction with the victim before the attack, according to police.

Homeless man charged with sucker-punching elderly woman on Bronx subway platform.  A homeless man has been arrested for sucker-punching a 73-year-old woman on a Bronx subway platform in an unprovoked attack that sent her to the hospital, cops said Sunday.  Ahmed Kromah, 23, was arrested Saturday night for allegedly walloping the unassuming elderly victim on the Manhattan-bound platform at the 174th-175th St. station in Mount Hope about 7:15 p.m.  Wednesday, cops said.

Nurse, 60, Who Beat Coronavirus Attacked, Robbed by Group of 15 Teenagers Outside Hospital.  A New York City health care worker who beat the Coronavirus was viciously attacked and robbed by more than a dozen teenagers outside her hospital this week, with the NYPD scrambling to locate her assailants.  "Martha Toscano had just gotten out of the 6 train station on her way to work at Bellevue Hospital around 10:30 p.m.  Wednesday when about 15 thugs ran her down and pummeled her to the ground," reports the New York Post.

NYC nurse who beat coronavirus pummeled, robbed by group of thugs.  A New York City nurse who recently recovered from the coronavirus was attacked on her way to work by a group of vicious youths who badly beat her and ran off with her purse, police sources and the victim told The [New York] Post.  Martha Toscano had just gotten out of the 6 train station on her way to work at Bellevue Hospital around 10:30 p.m.  Wednesday when about 15 thugs ran her down and pummeled her to the ground.  "I thought they were going to kill me," Toscano, 60, said in a phone call from her Queens studio Thursday [4/16/2020].

Father of Marine pushed in front of Red Line train and killed speaks out.  The father of a Marine who was purposely pushed onto the Red Line train tracks in Chicago and died is sharing his son's story.  The father of Mamadou Balde says a group of people shoved his son onto the tracks after an altercation. [...] Balde was waiting to catch a train heading southbound at the Jackson Red Line stop at around 5:13 p.m.  Tuesday when a group of three men approached him and one of them pushed Balde in front of a moving train.

Bus passenger viciously attacked for coughing.  A man was attacked for coughing on a bus in Lvov, Ukraine.  In this violent video, passengers were filmed kicking the victim and forcefully removing him from public transportation — presumably because they feared the spread of coronavirus.

Reason #217 NEVER To Take Public Transportation.  Supposedly there was a sandwich thrown by the white couple and the #black couple figured the best way to handle it is to brutally assault.  [Video clip]

Mob Of Minority Teens Beat [an] Asian Couple In Philly Subway Claiming Couple Has Coronavirus.  [Video clip]

Authorities: 64-Year-Old Man Shoved Onto Subway Tracks After Argument.  Police are searching for a suspect who shoved a 64-year-old man onto the subway tracks at Union Square.  Police say as Wednesday morning's [2/26/2020] rush hour was coming to an end around 9 a.m., a man wearing a Chicago Bulls sweater and a black hat shoved a 64-year-old man onto the tracks as he was waiting for the Q and R.  He then ran away.  Fortunately, the victim was not struck by a train.  Power was cut to the tracks, and he was helped to safety and brought to Bellevue Hospital with a cut to his hand.

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'I hate white people': Woman charged with bias crime in Portland bus stop attack.  A woman faces hate crime charges after authorities say she pummeled a mother in front of her young daughter at a North Portland bus stop.  Nimo Jire Kalinle, 42, had just exited a No. 4 bus at North Fremont Street and Gantenbein Avenue on Jan. 19 when she started slugging Janae Jordan in the face repeatedly, court records allege.  During the attack, Jordan, who was with her husband and child, asked why the woman was targeting her.  "It's because you're white and I hate white people," Kalinle, who is black, told Jordan, a probable cause affidavit alleges.

'Knife fight' breaks out on crowded NYC subway, mere feet from baby.  A routine subway ride in Brooklyn turned into a duel between a man and woman who waved knives around not far from where a child sat in a stroller.  The incident took place Wednesday [2/19/2020] in Crown Heights, according to WCBS.  Video of the incident shows a man and a woman having an argument.  As the argument escalates, each appear to be holding knives.  [Video clip]

BART passenger beaten with chain in unprovoked attack aboard train in Oakland.  A man was beaten with a chain in an unprovoked attack aboard a BART train during Tuesday evening [2/11/2020] commuting hours, leaving him with injuries that required hospital treatment, officials said.  The unidentified victim was on a Daly City-bound train approaching Lake Merritt Station shortly after 6 p.m. when another man allegedly asked for directions and then hit him, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison.  The attack was unprovoked, a witness told police.  The suspect hit the victim and struck him with a chain that BART officials said was possibly a bike lock.

Chicago subway video captures man being attacked by 11 teens.  The brutal beating of a 68-year-old man by 11 teens on a passenger train here Monday [2/3/2020] was captured in a disturbing, graphic video obtained by Fox News.  The Chicago Police Department told Fox News the beating is under investigation, but no one is in custody because the victim "was unable to identify his attacker(s) due to his injuries."  A police source told Fox that the Cook County State's Attorney's Office "wouldn't touch" the case if the victim can't identify those accused or is unable to cooperate.

Metro Transit light-rail train operators tell legislators of safety fears.  [Scroll down]  The discussion about transit safety comes as the Metropolitan Council awaits word on a $929 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to expand the Twin Cities' light-rail system to the southwestern suburbs.  The $2 billion Southwest light-rail line, currently under construction, would link downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.  The two train operators characterized the Green and Blue lines in near-dystopian terms.  Operators are "constantly assaulted verbally and physically," Darling said, noting they often witness criminal behavior, including drug deals and assaults, as well as drug and alcohol use and sexual activity.  While operators control trains from a self-contained cabin, they have to periodically walk through the cars and then clear them at the end of their shifts, Darling said.  People sleeping or carousing on the trains don't want to leave and may grow violent, she said, noting that Metro Transit police often are unavailable to help in a timely manner.

Woman wearing face mask attacked in possible coronavirus hate crime.  A woman wearing a face mask was attacked at a Chinatown subway station after allegedly being called a "diseased b****" — in what police are treating as a possible hate crime sparked by coronavirus fears.  Shocking video shared by the NYPD's hate crimes unit shows a violent confrontation involving a woman with her face completely covered by a yellow face mask, glasses and the hood of a parka.  An eyewitness claimed the victim had already been hit on the head when she ran to confront her attacker — who unleashed a flurry of blows after missing with a flying kick, eventually pushing her into a wall.

Woman, 51, dies and five are left injured when gunman opens fire on Greyhound bus after passengers asked him to be quiet.  A 51-year-old woman from Colombia has died and five more people are injured after a Greyhound bus passenger opened fire on six people on the California Interstate 5 Monday [2/3/2020].  A total of 43 people were travelling from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area before 1.27 am and one witness said an altercation began after a passenger asked the gunman to be quiet.  'He was, massive, so tall, I remember before this happened, I noticed he had really big shoes on,' passenger Mark Grabban, 29, told NBC News.  'He was muttering things, about "wait till we get to the station".'

Maryland man held in bus shooting that killed 1, injured 5.  A gunman who killed a woman and wounded five others on a Greyhound bus in Southern California was cursing and muttering incoherently before the attack, passengers and authorities said. [...] Anthony Devonte Williams, 33, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was arrested after passengers managed to disarm him and get him off the bus, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Pennings said.

Chaos Erupts As Antifa [Anti-Police] Protests Hit NYC; Vandalism Documented, Arrests Made.  Chaos erupted Friday night [1/31/2020] as thousands of left-wing activists and Antifa members converged on Grand Central Station in New York City to demonstrate against the police, [...] As reported by The Millennial Post on Friday, multiple demonstrators were arrested during the chaotic and violent protests.  And as documented via posted photos from NYC authorities, possibly dozens of acts of vandalism were committed. [...] The Twitter account for the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York posted photos of potential weaponry at the protests and acts of vandalism.

Violent BlackLivesMatter, Pro-Palestinian, Antifa Dems Hit NYC Subways.  New York City is 100% Democrat and these are their people.  The Empire Report says "protesters" "rocked New York City."  Nothing from the rest of the Dem media yet, except for the NY Post.  Take a look and you tell me if they are "protesters" or "rioters."  A police-hating, pro-Palestinian, Black Lives Matter-associated group tweeted with the hashtag, "DecolonizeThisPlace." [...] The Democrat-supported groups wanted to destroy property and hurt police officers until the subway fare is abolished.  They are also angry that 500 new police officers were added to the subway.  The communist Democrats went ahead and did what they said they would do, and were joined by Antifa, the fascist group trying to silence normal Americans.

Police nab suspect in attack on transgender woman in NYC subway.  Cops have nabbed a suspect wanted for terrorizing a transgender person on a subway in Manhattan, the NYPD tweeted Monday morning [1/27/2020].  "Great job by Manhattan Warrants apprehending this suspect in NJ," the tweet posted to the account of Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said.

Millennial Punk Starts A Fight With An Elderly Man On Train, Another Passanger Ain't Having It.  [Video clip]

Man punches bus driver in her face.  Police are looking for a man who punched a SEPTA bus driver in the face on New Year's Eve in Pennsylvania.  It happened at 10:34 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019, on Route 113 at Pembroke and Oak avenues in East Lansdowne.  Police say the man refused to pay the fare, argued with the bus operator, then punched her.  [Video clip]

Cop Randomly Smashed in Face With Bike Chain in Manhattan Subway Station.  A seemingly random attack on an off-duty police officer at a Lower Manhattan subway station left commuters uneasy as the NYPD continued to search for the suspect on Wednesday [1/15/2020].  Police say a man threw a metal bicycle chain through a subway car's open door, hitting a 37-year-old cop in her face at the Park Place 2 train station on Tuesday.  The suspect then got on a train and fled at the Chamber Street subway station.

Criminals are going from Rikers Island straight to the subways.
De Blasio giving freed NYC inmates MetroCards and gift cards.  So sorry we had to lock you up — please accept these parting gifts as an expression of our hope, it won't happen again!  Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest soft-on-crime initiative has workers stationed on Rikers Island presenting newly released jailbirds with free transit passes and two $25 debit cards each, The [New York] Post has learned.  Plans even call for the addition of prepaid, "burner"-style cellphones and drawstring bags for the ex-inmates to carry their swag, a source familiar with the program said.  The "crime pays" giveaways build on another de Blasio policy — revealed by The Post last month — that showers freebies including Mets tickets on prisoners being released under the state's new bail-reform law.

A Second Woman Today Starting Fights On The NYC Subway, Uses Race Card.  This woman had her phone volume cranked up and when a fellow traveler asked her to turn it down, she got in his face, threatening him and then pulling the race card from the bottom of the deck.  [Video clip]

Guy Tries To Kidnap A Sleeping Girl On NYC Subway.  The two-minute clip shows a man in a red jacket trying to talk to a girl sitting next to a sleeping guy, who appears to be riding with her.  The man in red nudges her foot a few times, to minimal response, and when the train stops, he snatches her and runs off with her.  The girl manages to get away from him and alerts the man she was with while trying to get someone to call the police.  [Video clip]

Here We Go Again:  Black Woman Goes Anti-Semitic On Jewish Man On A NYC Bus.  What is happening in the black community in NYC? Why are there so many blacks that hate Jews?  During the last two weeks, we've seen an explosion in attacks on the Jewish community in New York City.  Is this a recent trend or has this been an ongoing thing?  [Video clip]

Racist Girl Screams At An Asian Man And White People On The Subway, Yells About Trump, Tries To Fight Everyone!  Terrible black girl is seen yelling obscenities at an Asian man on the subway in New York City.  She also hits him and his phone several times, then starts yelling at other passengers telling her to pipe down.  At one point the girl, who seems to lose complete control of herself, starts cursing at all the white people, screaming about Donald Trump and at times, lunging forward as if to attack.  [Video clip]

Trans Hate Crime Story False — Video Shows the Dude in a Dress Was the Aggressor.  A Seattle-area trans bus rider who was said to be the victim of a hate crime was actually the aggressor.

Serial subway perv busted for 63rd time — just a month after prison release.  An incorrigible subway perv racked up his 36th arrest last week for allegedly groping a female straphanger — just over a month after completing an 11-year prison stint for similar crimes, authorities said Monday.  Freddie Johnson, 61, allegedly ground his groin against a 27-year-old woman's rear aboard a 5 train rumbling northbound near Lower Manhattan's Fulton Street on Dec. 11, according to cops.  The skeeved straphanger tried to move elsewhere in the car, but Johnson allegedly followed her, [...]

Phoenix Light Rail Riders Aid in Attack on Woman in Wheelchair.  A frightening attack on a woman in a wheelchair on the light rail in Phoenix was thwarted last month by a hero rider who flew into action at the right moment.  Phoenix police released light-rail surveillance video [...] of the incident in hopes of finding the vicious and cowardly criminal.

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New York subway platform anti-gay attack sees hammer-wielding man throw victim onto tracks, cops say.  A New York City man narrowly missed being crushed beneath a subway train after a hammer-wielding attacker making homophobic comments fought with and then tossed a 21-year-old straphanger onto the tracks before fleeing the station, officials said.  The New York Police Department said the incident happened Nov. 11 at 1 a.m. at the Tremont Avenue B/D Train subway station in the Bronx.  The victim told police he was waiting on the northbound platform when a man began making anti-gay statements to him and then attempted to hit him with a hammer — but missed.

TSA agent allegedly assaulted on Blue Line by group of teenagers.  A TSA agent claims he was assaulted by a group of juveniles on the Blue Line while he was on his way home from work Monday night [11/25/2019].  Officers were dispatched to a northbound Blue Line train at the Fort Snelling station around 8:35 p.m.  Monday on a report of a group of juveniles "jumping, playing and causing disturbance," according to a Metro Transit Police report.  John Slettehaugh, 67, of Minneapolis, the alleged victim, told officers he saw "a group of kids being rowdy" as they seemed to be leaving the train.  One of them went over to Slettehaugh and grabbed his hair, the report said. [...] Slettehaugh described the suspects as a group of eight black teenagers between ages 14 and 16, although he couldn't offer any further description, according to the report.

Antifa Militants Cut Turnstile Arm Off NYC Subway Platform During Anti-Police March.  An Antifa militant cut the arm off of a subway turnstile in New York City during an anti-cop protest on Friday [11/22/2019].  The vandalism took place at the E. 149th Street and 3rd Avenue stop in the Bronx.  Footage of the protesters hopping the turnstiles and the arm being broken off was tweeted by the Antifa group Decolonize This Place on Sunday.

Anti-cop vandals cut turnstile arm in latest protest of subway patrols.  Fare-beating anti-police protesters lopped the arm off a metal subway turnstile when they stormed a Bronx subway station on Friday, according to a video posted online.  The footage — tweeted by agitator group Decolonize This Place on Sunday — shows at least a dozen activists march into the E. 149th Street and 3rd Avenue stop.  One portion shows a three-armed turnstile with one of its limbs shorn off just inches from the base.

15-Year-Old Boy Stabbed Repeatedly on NYC Subway Platform.  A 15-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times on the shoulder by a group of teens and young adults on a Bronx subway platform Thursday, authorities say.  The boy was attacked on the 6 train platform at the Westchester Avenue-East Tremont station around 11 a.m., police said.  The group that attacked him then ran off.

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Family and strangers alike struggle to understand fatal assault that started on Metro Transit bus.  The 75-year-old meant no harm when he turned to a group of young men sitting near him on a Metro Transit bus one afternoon last week and asked them to quiet down.  Instead, the seemingly inconsequential encounter led to violence, costing Shirwa Hassan Jibril his life and leaving his family grieving at his grave site on a cold and gray November day. [...] [Leroy] Davis-Miles and several other men followed Jibril off the bus.  Based on witness accounts, Davis-Miles punched Jibril, who fell and hit his head.

Charges: Leroy Davis-Miles Attacked Elderly Man Who Asked Him To Quiet Down On Minneapolis Bus.  Leroy Davis-Miles, 23, is charged in connection to a life-threatening assault of an elderly man Wednesday afternoon in south Minneapolis. [...] Surveillance camera footage at the Chicago-Lake Transit Center appears to show Davis-Miles, whose face was off-camera, lunge at the victim as if to strike him.  The man then falls back and hits his head on the pavement.  The county attorney's office says the victim may not survive from the head injury he suffered.

Woman whacks elderly subway preacher with high heels: video.  A crazed woman wielding a stiletto heel and shouting "f*** your God" bashed an elderly singing subway preacher in the head on a train in Manhattan, according to disturbing video released Friday [11/1/2019].  The 79-year-old victim was preaching aboard a southbound No. 2 train near the 42nd Street-Times Square station at around 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, when the woman removed her high heel and menaced him with it as if it were a weapon, according to cops and video of the incident.  The 30-something woman — who was dressed in a beige fur coat, black pants and a bright red wig — is seen in the footage waving the shoe at the cowering man and shouting at him.

The Editor says...
The writer of the New York Post article above is very generous to call the perpetrator "crazed," rather than calling her "just another perpetually angry black woman on the subway who thinks she can get away with anything."

NYC Subway Arrest Video Goes Viral.  Reports of a man with a gun caused chaos on a New York City subway on Friday [10/25/2019].  Video of the incident captured by subway rider Elad Nehorai and posted to Twitter shows close to a dozen NYPD officers rush inside the subway car to arrest the man.  The incident happened during Friday's rush hour commute at the Franklin Avenue Station.  In the video, the man is sitting on the subway with his arms raised while police point their guns at him through the window before storming the car.

Tips Wanted In Case Of Man Sucker Punched, Beaten By Teens.  He was sitting at a bus stop when he was sucker punched, knocked out, and kicked while he was down.  Detroit police are asking for help from the public as they work to identify three young suspects wanted in the assault of a man on the city's east side.  According to investigators, at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, the 23-year-old victim was sitting on a bench in the 17100 block of E. Warren Ave., waiting for a bus, when a group of teens walked up.

With more homeless riding San Francisco trains, crime is up and ridership is down.  Not surprisingly, the numbers are highest in the winter when the number of homeless people is nearly 300 per every hundred train cars.  The increase in the number of homeless riding the trains coincides with an increase in reported crimes, including violent crimes.  In June, the Chronicle reported robberies were up 128 percent over five years while aggravated assaults were up 83 percent.  Those figures appeared in a Grand Jury report which specifically cited homelessness as a major contributor to declining ridership.  And that's the big problem for BART.  The train system was never intended to be a living space for the homeless but that's what it is becoming.

NYC: Muslim shoves commuter onto subway tracks, screams "Allahu akbar" when arrested.  Islamic spokesmen, as well as Leftist leaders, will quickly insist that Nathaniel Brown's screaming "Allahu akbar" after pushing a man onto the subway tracks has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, despite its many texts and teachings calling for violence against unbelievers.  Most people will take that for granted.  But if a lunatic goes on a shooting spree, that is entirely the fault of President Trump and conservatives.  That's Leftist and establishment media thinking today.

Boy dies after he and mother are pushed on train tracks in Germany.  An eight-year-old boy has died after he and his mother were deliberately pushed on to train tracks at Frankfurt's main railway station, German police have said.  The boy was hit by a high-speed ICE train and killed instantly.  His mother was able to roll into a safe gap between two platforms and escaped injury.  The suspect was chased through the station by passengers who tackled him to the ground.  Police later confirmed a 40-year-old man had been arrested. [...] The 28-year-old suspect, who was of Kosovo Serb origin and identified only as Jackson B, according to German police protocol, was known to police.  He is being held in custody and is not thought to have known the victim.

The Editor says...
If the suspect is 28, why was a 40-year-old man arrested?

Surveillance video shows woman shoving grandmother from CTrain platform.  As they laid eyes for the first time on the woman accused of trying to kill their mother in a random attack on one of Calgary's C-Train platforms, emotions overwhelmed two siblings, who clung to each other as tears ran down their faces.

Subway stabber was defending herself when she killed straphanger in wild fight, lawyer claims.  A woman charged with manslaughter for stabbing a straphanger to death as they brawled inside a Brooklyn subway station was acting in self-defense, her lawyer claimed Wednesday.  Mia Simmons, 20, got into a fight with victim Latanya Watson on a Manhattan-bound No. 3 train about 9:45 p.m.  Monday [7/15/2019].  Both women got off at the Sutter Ave. station in Brownsville, where the showdown escalated in the mezzanine after the victim pepper sprayed Simmons as they walked through the turnstile, cops said.

Woman stabbed to death in Brooklyn subway station.  A woman was stabbed to death after a fight in a Brooklyn subway station Monday night [7/8/2019], law enforcement sources said.  The 30-year-old woman was in the mezzanine of the Sutter Avenue-Rutland Road No. 3 train station in Brownsville when she got into a fight with another woman, authorities said.  The suspect, believed to be in her 20s, then stabbed her several times in the face, neck and arm, law-enforcement sources said.

Man who pushed 91-year-old onto London tube tracks sentenced to life.  [Video clip]

Violent crime on BART more than doubles in four years.  Violent crime on BART more than doubled since 2014, driven in part by a fare-evasion epidemic that is three times worse than the agency's official estimates, according to a new grand jury report.  The report released Monday by the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury found the number of robberies on the transit system increased by 128%, from 153 in 2014 to 349 last year.  Aggravated assaults soared by 83%, from 71 to 130 over the same time period.  Robberies and aggravated assaults combined jumped nearly 16% from 2017 to 2018 alone, according to the report, with robberies spiking 20% and aggravated assaults rising 7%.

Violent Crime Up Sharply In San Francisco BART Stations.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that crime has more than doubled in San Francisco's BART stations since 2014.  The report highlighting the rise in violent crime also suggested that as many as 15% of people riding the trains are not paying fares. [...] That grand jury report identified four factors causing a decline in BART ridership (down 8% since 2016), first and foremost among them was homelessness. [...] If the homeless are living on the trains and sleeping on the trains, it's a good bet they are stealing to support their habits on the trains as well.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.  If you insist on touring San Francisco or Los Angeles, AOL offers lists of places to be wary of in both towns. [... Including] Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) — Avoid 16th & Mission Station, 24th & Mission Station, Civic Center Station and Lake Merritt Station.  Potrero Hill is not advised for visitors after businesses have closed for the day.

Rep. Omar's (Somali) Constituency Terrorizes White Community.  Last Friday [5/17/2019], a dispatch audio from the Minneapolis Police Department reveals that an incident involving "a group of 8-10 males chasing people with hammers" occurred near the University of Minnesota in the "Little Mogadishu" neighborhood.  Turns out this was a group of juveniles ages 12 [to] 15.  In the police reports their names are redacted due to the fact that they are minors.  It is clear that the group of males were Somali minors and were targeting white people and people who they perceived to "have money," according to one eyewitness account.

Mob with Hammers Descends on Minneapolis East Bank LRT Patrons.  [Scroll down]  A mob of eight to 10 males wielding hammers descended upon bystanders at the East Bank Light Rail station on Friday night [5/17/2019] injuring several, according to recorded police dispatch audio.  The incident was apparently reported to 911 just before 10 p.m. on Friday according to the audio and other social media police scanner reports.  A 9:48 p.m.  Facebook post on 2nd Precinct Minneapolis Crime Watch page said that University of Minnesota (U of M) police were requesting assistance from Minneapolis police (MPD) and Metro Transit police for "a group of 8-10 males chasing people with hammers" and that some people were injured.  A Facebook post a minute later on Minneapolis Scanner page said that the three police departments were responding to "multiple [911] calls" about "10-12 Somali teen males armed with hammers chasing people," also with "several injuries reported."  Both Facebook pages regularly post summaries of police scanner audio.  A person who claimed on social media to have been at the station when the incident occurred said that the group of males had "hammers and bars," and that they seemed to be "attacking anyone who looked like they had money or were white."

Police: Black Man Attempted to Kill White Man 'Because He Was White'.  A black man who beat and threw a white man onto subway tracks in Pittsburgh Saturday night [5/25/2019] did so explicitly because the victim was white, according to police.  "Police say they have charged a man accused of beating up and shoving another man onto the tracks at the Wood Street T Station 'because he was white,'" according to CBS Pittsburgh.  The suspect, 46-year-old Willie Hayes, faces charges of ethnic intimidation, attempted homicide and aggravated assault.  The victim's criminal complaint says Hayes told him "he was assaulting him because he was white."

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Sharpsburg man charged with racially motivated attack at Downtown T station.  A Sharpsburg man is accused of beating another man into unconsciousness at the Wood Street Light Rail Transit station and throwing him onto the tracks in a racially motivated attack, according to Port Authority police.  Willie J. Hayes, 46, who is black, was charged Wednesday [5/29/2019] with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation in connection with the Saturday evening attack, according to a criminal complaint.

Man shot to death on St. Louis County MetroLink train.  An investigation is underway after a man was shot to death on a MetroLink train Wednesday afternoon [5/22/2019].  Police responded to the MetroLink Station at 7001 St. Charles Rock Road around 11:50 a.m. for a shooting.  A man was found with a gunshot wound and he was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Information slowly emerging about pipe-wielding mob of Somali 'youths' who attacked people waiting for light rail train in Minneapolis last Friday.  My hometown of Minneapolis has been totally transformed by the arrival of tens of thousands of refugees from Somalis, one of whom now represents the city and a few suburbs in Congress.  Nobody there was asked if such a makeover was desired by the residents; State Department officials decided that the generous welfare benefits available in Minnesota were reason enough to send people whose native land is tropical to the coldest major city in the United States.  But now that the old 97%-plus Caucasian city has been made into a multicultural exemplar, the local establishment, including the newspapers and broadcasters, is ultra-protective of its prized diversity-endowing Somali community.  That might explain why the news of a horrific attack on people waiting for a light rail train at the University of Minnesota has been so slow to emerge.

Mob with Hammers Descends on Minneapolis East Bank LRT Patrons.  A mob of eight to 10 males wielding hammers descended upon bystanders at the East Bank Light Rail station on Friday night [5/17/2019]injuring several, according to recorded police dispatch audio.

Elder Asks California Woman To 'Be Nicer' So She Murdered Him.  A 74-year-old man with a walker was using public transportation in Las Vegas when he noticed a loud, rude obnoxious woman cursing other people.  She had her son with her, and he calmly asked her to 'be nicer' to the other people on the bus.  But for standing up for common decency, he enraged the ignorant bully.  So she violently attacked him, and his subsequent injuries led to his death.

Bus passenger punched and kicked in brutal random attack.  Police in Montebello, California, are looking for a man who attacked a fellow bus passenger.  In video released by the police department in Montebello, a hooded man is shown punching a victim after he exits a bus.  The suspect then kicked the victim three times as he lay defenseless on the ground.  [Video clip]

Man in critical condition after Queens subway stabbing: cops.  A 23-year-old man is critical Sunday [3/31/2019] after being stabbed during an early morning dispute in a Queens train station, authorities said.

Brutal Subway Attack On Elderly Woman Reveals Something Very Wrong With America.  I've never seen such violence against an elderly person.  She has no recourse.  No way of defending herself.  Her head bounces off his large boot.  Watching the video, I felt as though I was witnessing a Nazi soldier violently assaulting a helpless Jew.  It stings with the ugliness of the pogroms.  Additionally disturbing is the fact that no one helps her.

Man kicks elderly woman in face on NYC subway.  Police are searching for a man, caught on camera, attacking an elderly woman on a number 2 subway train in the Bronx.  Witnesses say the man in the video kicked the victim in the face and body, causing her to bleed.  The incident happened on March 10th at 3:10 a.m.  The suspect then got off the train at Nereid Avenue.  The victim stayed on the train for one more northbound stop.  She received medical attention when the train pulled into the 241st Street stop in the Wakefield section.

Caught-on-video subway 'granny-kicker' says she had it coming.  Cops have arrested the monster who they say repeatedly kicked a cowering elderly woman in the head aboard a Bronx subway train — as callous straphangers did nothing more than pull out their phones to record the beatdown.  But the suspect, restaurant worker Marc Gomez of Yonkers, is denying he kicked the woman — even as he insists she came at him with a knife.

Maniac slashed woman at Midtown subway station, called her 'white b****': cops.  A crazed subway rider yelled "you white bitch" as he slashed a random Manhattan woman's cheek with a razor blade in a Midtown station — and was then held down by fellow straphangers until police arrived, authorities said Monday [3/4/2019].  The 24-year-old woman was on a southbound E train at the East 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue station around 6 p.m Saturday when Harlens Hernandez, 25, approached, yelled at her and cut her left cheek, cops said.  Hernandez, who had a box cutter, was heard to say "I'm going to take your eye out" and "you white b****" to the victim, witnesses told police, according to a criminal complaint.

ICE says MS-13 member charged in Queens subway shooting is undocumented.  A day after a suspected MS-13 gang member was officially charged in connection to Sunday's fatal subway platform shooting in Queens, Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials confirmed he is undocumented.  ICE officials told PIX11 on Wednesday that Ramiro Gutierrez "is in the country illegally."  "He had no status," the representative said.  "He entered without inspection, so we don't know when he came in or where."

Man fatally shot in the head inside Queens subway station.  A man was shot to death Sunday [2/3/2019] on a crowded Queens subway platform, in a chaotic confrontation that's captured on a shocking cell phone video posted on social media.  Police believe the victim and other men were fighting on a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train when it pulled up to the platform at 90th St. and Elmhurst Ave. in Jackson Heights around 12:45 p.m.

MS-13 Murders Man on 7 Train in New York City In Ocasio-Cortez's District — She's Bringing Illegal to SOTU.  A MS-13 murder was captured on the 7 train in New York City.  The horrific footage was captured by Progressive Action.

Cops bust creep accused of trying to rape woman on subway.  Police arrested a Brooklyn man who allegedly tried to rape a woman on a Brooklyn subway train early Thursday morning [1/17/2019], authorities said.  Daniel Jean-Pierre, 37, was hit with attempted rape, robbery, and sexual abuse charges in connection to the attack, police said.  Jean-Pierre allegedly attacked the 27-year-old woman after she got on to a Manhattan-bound No. 4 train at about 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, cops said.

Khan's London:  Violent Crime on Underground Up 43 Percent.  Sadiq Khan, London's Muslim mayor, has overseen a surge in violent crime on London's underground:  it has risen by 43 percent in just three years, while the highest increase were weapons offenses at 125 percent.  "Sexual offences have also risen from 935 crimes reported to 1,047, while there has been an overall increase in crime of 25 percent, with 10,450 crimes reported in 2015-16, rising to 13,101 in 2017-18."

Video Shows Beating at CTA Red Line Chicago Station.  Chicago police are looking for a group of male teenagers wanted in connection with several attacks that happened Dec. 29 at the Chicago Avenue Red Line station.  A Facebook video shows a man being beaten during one of the attacks.  [Video clip]

Report: NYC Officials Ignored ICE Detainer Requests For Suspect Charged With Attacking NYPD Officer.  One of the five homeless individuals who attacked an NYPD officer at a New York City train station was identified as an illegal immigrant that New York City officials ignored federal immigration detainers on him, SiriusXM Patriot David Webb revealed through a source on his program Friday morning [11/28/2018].  "One of the suspects is Eliseo Alvarez Santos, one of the homeless men," Webb said.  "And just to give you a bit of his record, on Dec. 1, 2017, he was brought into Manhattan lock up [sic], and Eliseo is illegal, and an ICE detainer was issued on Dec. 25, 2017 — issued, but not honored.  Again on Dec. 26, 2017 — again, not honored.  In April of 2017, he was charged with forcible touching which was then knocked down to harassment."

Five homeless vagrants face no charges in attack on cop seen in viral video, says Manhattan DA.  Attacking a cop has joined fare beating and public urination on the list of subway misbehavior Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance won't bother prosecuting.  Officer Syed Ali — an Army combat vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — had no trouble fending off five homeless vagrants with his baton and his feet as they came at him one by one on Sunday night.  The attack, captured on video, was viewed 4 million times on Twitter.

NYPD officer fights off aggressive drunks in the subway but none of the attackers are charged.  While most of us were getting ready for Christmas, NYPD officer Syed Ali was working a transit beat in the NY subways Sunday night [12/23/2018].  This particular night, five intoxicated men were harassing a woman on the platform of the East Broadway station. [...] Officer Ali, who is a combat veteran, was praised by the Mayor and various NY authorities for dealing with the drunks without escalating the situation. [...] But some were upset that the men who harassed the subway rider and tried to fight a police officer were released and won't be charged with anything.

Two vagrants arrested for attacking cop on subway platform.  Police arrested two of the vagrants who were caught on video trying to attack an NYPD cop in a wild melee in a Chinatown subway station, authorities said.  Eliseo Alvarez, 36, was hit with attempted assault, riot, menacing, attempted criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration charges, cops said.  Juan Nunez, 27, was busted on obstructing governmental administration and riot charges.

Police: Drug deal likely led to rush hour shooting in Loop CTA stop.  Chicago police say a drug deal may have led to a 27-year-old man getting shot in a CTA pedestrian tunnel downtown Thursday during the height of rush hour.  Police say high definition cameras from inside the tunnel which connects the Red and Blue lines at Jackson captured images of a man in a surgical mask shooting another man in the hip at close range before slipping away.

El Segundo rape: Parolee accused of attacking woman he met on Metro Green Line.  Police are seeking the public's help to track down a parolee who allegedly raped a woman near a parking garage in El Segundo.  Sunday shortly before 11 a.m., police officers received a call to investigate a possible rape that occurred earlier that morning.  The alleged victim told investigators that she had fallen asleep on the Metro Green Line train and missed her stop.  Around 6 a.m., she said the suspect, identified by police as 35-year-old Kerry Frank Lathon, introduced himself to her and began conversing with her when the train was nearing the Marine Avenue Station.

Unhinged man attacks downtown MTA bus.  An unhinged man was caught on video physically attacking an MTA bus on the Lower East Side on Thursday morning, police said.  The man banged on the bus' windshield and nearly snapped one of the rearview mirrors off it during the attack around midnight near Houston and Allen streets, the video shows.  The bus driver stopped in the middle of the street and flashed an emergency message on the message board above the windshield.

Subway shoving suspect once begged mental hospital to lock him up.  A man who pushed a subway commuter onto the tracks last week had earlier begged his doctors at Montefiore Hospital to lock him up because he's a paranoid schizophrenic.  Jakim Jeter, 20, was arrested on attempted-murder charges for shoving Edwin Pinez, 55, onto the subway tracks on Nov. 9 at the Brooklyn-Bridge City Hall subway station.  For at least six months before the attack, Jeter had been asking his doctors to commit him because he was scared he'd hurt himself or others.  His family had been asking for at least a year and a half.

Two women arrested for choking, assaulting mom on subway.  Two women were arrested for beating a mom over the head with a cellphone and placing her in a chokehold during a fight aboard a subway train, authorities said Friday.  Chaena Frazier, 30, and Sytobia Agbonlahor, 27, were both hit with charges of criminal obstruction of breathing and acting in manner injurious to a child for the Nov. 1 melee on the E train in Forest Hills, according to police.

Thugs stalk random man into subway, stab him repeatedly: cops.  Halloween was a horror for a Bronx man after three strangers followed him into a subway station an stabbed him repeatedly, police said Saturday [11/3/2018].  The trio approached the 19-year-old victim as he walked into the Norwood-205th Street D train station near Bainbridge Avenue around 9:25 p.m., chased him and then knifed him multiple times in the stomach and upper right arm before taking off, police said.  The victim was rushed to St.  Barnabas Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after the unprovoked Oct. 31 incident, cops said.

Transit bandit ordered locked up at secure psychiatric facility.  A Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge has ruled that a 53-year-old man with Asperger's Syndrome and a love of transit is suffering from a "dangerous mental disorder," and ordered him locked up in a secure psychiatric facility for the foreseeable future.  Darius McCollum will now be "warehoused" alongside violent criminals for what will likely be the remainder of his life, defense attorney Sally Butler said through tears after judge Ruth Shillingford determined that McCollum's penchant for swiping buses made him a danger to society.  The jurist issued the ruling Friday 10/5/2018], where she briefly lamented the inability of the justice system to handle those on the autism spectrum who commit non-violent crimes.

Man sentenced to 3 years for pushing stranger off CTA platform.  A Northwestern University neuroscience graduate was sentenced to three years in prison for pushing another man off a Chicago subway platform and onto train tracks.  Chad Estep pleaded guilty last week [9/26/2018] to aggravated battery after a more serious charge of attempted murder was dropped.

Man found guilty of pushing people onto the train tracks.  CCTV shows the terrifying moments London's serial subway pusher tried to kill two passengers, including a 91-year-old man who was heroically pulled from the tracks by fellow passengers.  Paul Crossley was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.  [Video clip]

Man trying to break up argument stabbed on subway platform.  A homeless man stabbed a good Samaritan in the chest in Queens Wednesday [9/26/2018], after the victim attempted to break up an argument with a woman on a subway platform.  After observing the 5 p.m. altercation on the northbound F train platform at the 75th Ave. station in Forest Hills, the 49-year-old intervened, police sources said.  The homeless man responded by pulling out a knife and stabbing the victim in [his] chest.  He then fled the scene.

BART Investigating 3 Homicides In Less Than A Week.  Violence on Bay Area Rapid Transit has resulted in three homicides over the last week with the latest being the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old woman as she stepped off a train Sunday night.  BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas called the homicides 'an anomaly' at a press conference on Monday [7/23/2108].

Transit Crime.  Is there an upsurge in crime on and around transit, and if so, why?  A few days ago, a Portland woman was stabbed at a light-rail stop, supposedly by a complete stranger.  The very next day, a remarkably similar report came out of Tempe, Arizona, except in this case police said the victim and alleged perpetrator were acquaintances.  A month ago, a gang of at least 40 teenagers boarded a BART train and, while some held the doors to prevent the train from leaving the station, robbed seven passengers and beat up two or more who refused to cooperate.  A few days before that, someone shot and killed a passenger and wounded three more on board a MARTA train in Atlanta.  After arresting a suspect, police called it an "isolated incident," but it doesn't sound so isolated anymore.

How frequent is violent crime on Phoenix public transit?  The suspect in a stabbing on a Valley Metro bus has been charged with first-degree murder [5/2/2017].  Edgar Dominguez is accused of stabbing a man who was waiting for the bus near Central Avenue and Van Buren Street , then boarding the bus and stabbing a 49-year-old man to death.  Court documents show Dominguez repeatedly stabbed the victim while he was on the ground. [...] According to Valley Metro, crimes like assaults and robberies on buses are also relatively rare.  In the last nine months, Valley Metro said there have been less than 20 such incidents per quarter.

The Editor says...
That's 80 incidents per year.  That's not "rare."

Cops nab MTA aerosol attacker.  Police have arrested a man accused of spraying two MTA bus drivers with a noxious chemical — possibly mace — on their route through Brooklyn.  Andre Chandler, 46, is facing charges of assault, menacing and reckless endangerment for the back-to-back attacks, which both took place on B15 buses on Aug. 23.

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Cops release images of man who sprayed noxious substance on buses.  This is the man cops believe sprayed a noxious substance on two MTA buses earlier this week.  The suspect boarded the B15 bus that runs between JFK Airport and Bedford-Stuyvesant around 4 a.m.  Thursday [8/23/2018], refused to pay and became enraged when the driver couldn't make a stop at Rockaway and Hegeman avenues in Brownsville because of construction, officials said.  The man then whipped out a giant can and sprayed it into the partition protecting the driver, according to police who released surveillance images of the incident.

Daughter struck by subway train while trying to save mother.  Horrified subway riders rushed to save a woman pushed in front of a commuter train in Atlanta, and the woman's daughter was struck by the train while trying to help, witnesses said.

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Man who pushed mother onto tracks at MARTA station identified.  MARTA police have identified the man who allegedly pushed a woman onto the tracks at the Midtown MARTA Station Sunday, prompting a chaotic scene that ended with the woman's daughter critically wounded.  Police identified the suspect as Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28.  He is charged with aggravated assault and battery in a public transit station.

Florida driver fired after he punched passenger who spit on him, used racial slurs.  Two recent violent attacks on Palm Tran have bus drivers worried.  They say barriers need to be installed on buses to separate drivers from unruly, violent passengers.  When Palm Tran bus drivers get behind the wheel, they sometimes encounter violent passengers.  In one incident in July, a female Palm Tran driver was hit by a passenger with a receiver from a radio.  Another incident in May cost a Palm Tran bus driver his job.

3 people dead in unrelated attacks on Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in 5 days.  Three people died in unrelated attacks at Bay Area Rapid Transit Stations in the span of just one week, authorities said.  The BART Police Department said Monday they arrested John Cowell, 27, a paroled felon accused of attacking two sisters with a knife at the MacArthur station in downtown Oakland on Sunday night.  The stabbing victims were identified as Nia Wilson, 18, who died from her injuries, and her sister, Lahtifa Wilson, 26.

Suspect Charged In Young Woman's Horrific Stabbing Death On Oakland Transit.  A man with a history of violence has been charged in what police said appears to be an unprovoked fatal stabbing of a young woman traveling in Oakland on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train.  John Lee Cowell, 27, quickly identified after the Sunday night attack from surveillance videos, was arrested aboard another BART train Monday evening [7/23/2018] after an anonymous tip, BART police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference.

BART stabbing suspect has dark and violent past.  Disturbing new details have emerged about the man arrested for fatally stabbing a woman at a BART Station in Oakland.  Court records show that John Lee Cowell, 27, has a dark and violent past — with multiple arrests for battery and a laundry list of things he did to innocent people.  At age 18, he was reportedly arrested for beating up a man and sucker-punching his daughter outside their home in Concord, California.  Cops threw him behind bars at least five more times after that — and reportedly confronted him for fare-beating just four days before the BART stabbing.

Black Crime Gets Crazier.  Whatever you thought crazy was, put it aside.  Because no matter what you think is the craziest story of black violence — and the denial, deceit, and delusion surrounding it — this recent story out of Oakland is way past that.  It began simply and sadly enough on a BART system in the Oakland area.  Two younger black people killed two older white guys.  The reaction from BART was as predictable as it was lame:  BART is safe; murder and violence are isolated; and no, you cannot see the videos from any of the hundreds of cameras in the stations.  Then, over the weekend, John Lee Cowell, a white guy, met two black women, Nia Wilson and her sister, on BART.  He cut their throats, killing Nia.

Suspect in BART fatal stabbing deserves death penalty, past victim says.  The suspect who allegedly stabbed two sisters, killing one, at a rail station in Oakland, Calif., deserves the death penalty, a past victim of the suspect says, according to a report.  Nearly a decade ago, John Cowell, 27 — the BART stabbing suspect — along with three other teens, beat up Shane Glick, 51, outside his Concord, Calif., home, Glick told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Off-duty MTA worker hit on subway by stray bullet: cops.  An off-duty MTA worker was shot by a stray bullet while riding the subway Tuesday evening [7/17/2018], according to police.  Carlo Thorne, 47, was riding a southbound 3 train when a fight broke out between two groups inside the subway car as it pulled into the station at Rutland Road and East 98th Street in Brooklyn at approximately 6:20pm, according to cops.  The shooter, identified only as a black male between 16 and 18 years old wearing a blue shirt and dark sweatpants, exited the train car and fired one shot into the crowd from the platform — striking Thorne in the right arm.

Utah train worker called female passengers 'porn stars,' asked about tampons, reports say.  Hostilities abounded on a Utah commuter train Tuesday evening when a Utah Transit Authority employee allegedly confronted several female passengers for sharing the restroom, called them "porn stars," and asked if they were "putting [tampons] into each other," reports say.  The employee has since been placed on paid leave, pending a review of the matter, a transit agency spokesman told the Salt Lake Tribune.

'Pipe-wielding' subway attacker arraigned on felony assault charges.  A Manhattan panhandler unleashed an "unjustified, brutal attack" on a fellow subway rider, a prosecutor said early Tuesday morning [7/17/2018] in the suspect's first court appearance.  Geovannie Nieves, 35, wore a blue Turner construction t-shirt, black and green basketball shorts and black sneakers as he was hauled into Manhattan Criminal Court for his 12:30 a.m. arraignment.  "This is an unjustified brutal attack on a civilian who was riding the subway," prosecutor Shayna Dunning said.  "The defendant was begging for money and when the complainant refused, the defendant became irate."

2 teens arrested in robberies were on parole for killing man pushed into DART train.  Dallas police arrested three teens suspected in armed robberies in Old East Dallas and downtown last week.  Two of the teens were on parole for the 2011 capital murder of a man they targeted for his iPod and who was then knocked into a DART train.  Royneco Harris, 18, and Cortney Woods, 17, were charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an Aug. 2 incident in the 4800 block of Bryan Street, police said.

'Crazy' subway passenger sucker-punches conductor.  A deranged straphanger sucker-punched a subway conductor in Brooklyn on Tuesday [6/19/2018] — the latest in a recent string of assaults on MTA workers.  The unidentified man socked a Q train conductor after his Brighton Beach-bound train pulled into the Prospect Park station at 11:54 a.m., MTA officials said.

SPLC Keeps Denying.  Black-on-White Violence Keeps Happening.  Let's look at just a few examples of black violence, all of which happened since the SPLC's latest report a few days ago.  All of the keep happening wildly out of proportion.  All of them, the SPLC could not care less about.  In New York City, a black woman was walking down the street, bumping into white ladies.  When one of the white women suggested she stop assaulting white pedestrians, the black woman started hitting the white woman with a heavy metal box, all the while yelling and threatening, "Take that you white b----," followed by "that's what you get, white b----."

Sweden:  The Chaos Spreads.  The Stockholm subway was once a safe and efficient means of getting around Sweden's capital, but it has now become a dangerous place and a conduit for the spread of crime and antisocial behavior around the city.  Criminal gangs are taking over the subway and using it to commute between the ghettos and the inner city, where they fuel the ever-rising tide of muggings, assaults and rapes.

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Man charged with punching woman, 67, on Red Line.  Bail was denied Sunday for a man charged with an unprovoked attack on a woman on the Red Line last week.  Prosecutors say 28-year-old Derrick McMath punched a 67-year-old woman in the face as she read her Kindle on the Red Line last Thursday.  The attack caused a severe rupture that officials now say will require one of her eyes to be removed.  Surveillance cameras captured the attack that took place near the 1500 block of West Jarvis Avenue.  In a community alert, police shared photos of the suspect in the incident and described it as a "completely unprovoked" attack.

Massachusetts: Woman slashes throats of two bus passengers, then prays to Allah.  After the woman charged with slashing two passengers and the driver of a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus was handcuffed and read her rights, she apologized.  "I'm so sorry, I don't know what came over me," Brietta Brown said, according to the arrest report.  "Please apologize to them for me, will they survive?  I hope Allah will forgive me."

Man charged in video-recorded beating of bus driver in north Minneapolis.  A Minneapolis man was charged Wednesday [4/18/2018] with the beating of a Metro Transit bus driver that was captured by a passenger on video — footage that "disgusted" the transportation agency.  Sterling V. Smith, 26, was charged with third-degree assault and obstructing the operation of a transit vehicle.  Smith remains jailed ahead of his first court appearance Thursday.

Chicago man slashed woman's cheek and jaw at bus station.  A Chicago man accused of slashing a middle-aged woman's face with a knife last week was ordered held without bail Saturday [4/7/2018].  The suspect, identified as Deandre Cavaness, 36, approached the 54-year-old woman at a bus stop around 9 p.m. in an area about 10 miles west of Chicago.

Ignorance: The Greatest Threat to Black Americans.  Turning 65, my relative is about to retire from her job as a Baltimore City transit bus driver.  She said she is extremely tired of having to deal with black people with entitlement mindsets.  Self-preservation has taught her not to argue with thugs boarding her bus, refusing to pay the fare.  Upon asking a gentleman to pay his bus fare, he exploded in anger, ranting about how a black man can't catch a break in this [...] country.

Woman stabbed while riding bus on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.  North Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River is dominated by upscale department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's.  It's not where Chicagoans typically are assaulted, particularly on busses.

Woman Stabbed While Riding CTA Bus on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.  A 30-year-old woman was sitting on a northbound bus when a woman seated behind her stabbed her in the back of the head with an unknown object inside of a glove, according to Chicago police.  The stabbing resulted in a minor cut, officials said, and the victim was in good condition, refusing medical treatment on the scene.  The offender may be homeless, according to police, and exited the bus walking southbound on Michigan Avenue.

Man sucker punches 5-year-old in face on New York City subway: cops.  Police are hunting for a man who approached a 5-year-old boy riding the New York City subway and punched him in the face as the child's mother was standing next to him.  The man, identified as Ramon Thomas, 25, was on the G train just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday [3/24/2018] when he attacked the boy who was standing next to his mother, police said.  The train was approaching the Bergen Street station in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Man is slashed in the face and neck with a box-cutter at Maryland bus stop after asking 'drunk' illegal immigrant to stop urinating in public.  A man was slashed in the face and neck at a Maryland bus stop after asking a 'drunk' and 'belligerent' stranger to stop urinating in public.  Salvador Gomez-Lopez, 46, of Montgomery County, was arrested on two counts of assault, public intoxication and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure after the incident last November.  He has recently been indicted.  A spokeswoman with Immigration Customs and Enforcement told Fox News that Gomez-Lopez was a wanted fugitive, in the country illegally from El Salvador.  ICE have since 'lodged a detainer'.

The D.C. Metro's Falling Crime Numbers Aren't Quite As Impressive As They Seem.  The big tell is that WMATA released gross numbers of crimes, rather than crime rates.  And the reduction in total number of crimes has come during a time of plummeting ridership.  Fewer riders, fewer crimes. [...] In total, WMATA ridership is off roughly 20 percent from its peak — even as the region has grown in population.

Passenger on Chicago train gets doused with chemicals.  Chicago police reportedly arrested a man riding a Chicago Transit Authority train during rush hour Thursday [1/18/2018] after they said he doused another passenger with chemicals and sparked a small fire.  The Chicago Tribune reported that a 26-year-old woman was on a southbound Red Line train when she was splashed with liquid from a water bottle.  She reportedly said the liquid smelled like paint thinner.  Another passenger reportedly told her that he had seen the man setting the car's seats on fire.  At the next stop in the Uptown neighborhood, the train operator ordered the passengers off.

Guatemalan 'Migrant' Charged with Molesting Woman on New York Subway.  A Queens deacon and married father of two is accused of the cardinal sin of lust — but his wife says her husband is innocent and the accuser is animated by greed.  Police arrested 55-year-old Jaime Pinzon, an ordained deacon at the St. Joan of Arc parish in Jackson Heights, on charges that he molested a 27-year-old woman on an F Train near West 47th Street and Avenue of the Americas around 9:30 a.m.  Dec. 12, court records show. [...] She was able to take cellphone photos of the man and even followed him when he got off the train at Herald Square, where she took another shot.  Cops disseminated the photos, and the public helped identify Pinzon.

2 Hurt in Bloody NYC Subway Station Slashing:  Police.  Two people were slashed Sunday inside one of New York City's busiest subway stations, police say.  Officials say the Fulton Street stop in Lower Manhattan became a crime scene around 5 p.m. after two straphangers were slashed by a man after an argument turned violent.

Blast near Times Square prompts evacuation of major Manhattan transport hub.  [Scroll down]  Everything around the Port Authority in the 42nd Street area was shut down — a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour.  New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations following the explosion.  NJ Transit says buses are taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken.  From there, they can take trains or PATH into the city.  Trains, PATH, light rail and ferries are honoring bus tickets into New York.

Illegal Alien Sexually Assaulted Woman at Bus Stop While She Was Having a Seizure.  A disabled woman's trip to her local 7-Eleven morphed into a terrifying experience when a stranger sexually assaulted her during an unforeseen medical emergency.  The victim, whom ABC7 is not identifying, told police she had just purchased a pack of cigarettes at the 7-Eleven along the 12800 block of Clopper Road in Germantown.  It was around 11:30 p.m.  While walking home, the woman suffered a seizure, causing her to collapse onto a bench at a Ride On bus stop.  It's unclear how long the woman was unconscious, but when she came to, she realized an unknown man had one of his hands down her pants.

'Manspreader' Apprehended For Assault On Female NY Subway Rider.  Sam Saia, the victim, was riding the N train to Manhattan for work on Thursday when a man — later identified as 56-year-old Derek Smith of Brooklyn — sat down next to her and started his "manspreading" which crowded her against the wall and invaded her personal space.  "He proceeded to press me against the wall and man-spread me excessively," she said.

Man punches woman who told him to stop 'manspreading' before a good Samaritan steps in during subway rage attack in New York.  A Good Samaritan stepped in and forced a man off a New York Subway train after he launched into a sickening rant and punched a woman in the face because she said he was 'manspreading'.  Sam Saia, 37, said she had politely asked the man to move his legs while she was sitting on the N train on Thursday [11/16/2017], when he erupted into a violent rage, and began swearing at her, threatening her and punched her in the mouth.

Drunk Man Attacks Mom in Front of Her Kids on NYC Subway Platform, Straphangers Rush to Help:  Police.  Straphangers pounced on a drunk man who allegedly attacked a mother in front of her three children on a Bronx subway platform, an exchange caught on video posted to social media.  Remel Jefferson was arrested after the attack on the 6 train platform at the Hunts Point Avenue station in the Bronx about 7:15 p.m.  Thursday, according to the NYPD.  Law enforcement sources told News 4 the man appeared to be intoxicated when he targeted the mother.  They said he punched her in the face, dragged her by the hair and shoved her into a pole and bench.  He also broke a bottle and threatened her with it.

Woman Tells Man To Stop 'Manspreading' On NYC Subway, Gets Punched In The Face.  Thankfully, a fellow straphanger intervened and grabbed the attacker, forcing him off at the next stop.  [Video clip]

Cops say man splashed liquid in girl's face, called her 'white b****'.  A man splashed an unknown liquid in a girl's face and called her a "white b****" as she was getting off a school bus in Queens, officials said.  The 13-year-old had just stepped off the bus near the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill when the man accosted her around 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, police said.  "This is for you, white b****," he shouted before throwing the substance in her face.

Disabled, White Man Attacked on Maryland Bus by Attacker Screaming About Slavery.  A disabled, white man was attacked on a Maryland mass transit bus by an African American who seemed to be blaming the victim for putting his ancestors into slavery, according to police.  The 52-year-old victim was a passenger on a Metro bus in the Washington D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, when Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, began spitting in his face and hurling racial epithets at him, according to ABC in Washington.  The harassment began almost immediately after Evans-Royster boarded the bus without paying the fare, police said.  The victim, who is homeless and remains unnamed in reports, initially tried to ignore Evans-Royster's taunts but finally tried to push the attacker away when he began to go through the victim's pockets while yelling, "You owe me for making my grandmother a slave."

The Editor says...
The perpetrator's grandmother is probably no more than 75 years of age, so it's not likely she was ever a slave in this country.  And even if grandma had been a slave, the city bus is not an appropriate forum in which to air one's grievances.

Woman shoves, curses out 80-year-old man on city bus.  An elderly white man was shoved to the floor and derided as a "honky motherf----r" by a black woman, who also told him to sit in the back of the East Side bus they were riding, police sources said Monday [9/11/2017].  The suspect, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, is still being sought.  The incident happened about 6:30 a.m.  Sept. 3 when the 80-year-old victim got on a city bus near E. 34th St. and First Ave. and sat up front, sources said.  The suspect apparently took exception to where he was sitting.

Straphangers' quarrel over elbow room comes to blows.  Tempers rose when a young woman boarded a northbound 6 train at 68th Street Station around 2:20 pm and took up too much space next to a 70-year-old rider, officials said.  The older woman moved to a different seat after she was elbowed several times, but a confrontation erupted anyway, with nasty talk quickly escalating as the younger woman slapped the septuagenarian.

Maniac yells 'I hate white people,' punches 84-year-old man on subway.  An 84-year-old man was punched in the head by a subway psycho who said he hates white people, but the plucky victim says he's taking it in stride and feels sorry for his attacker.  John Stewart was riding a Brooklyn-bound J train after boarding at Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica on Aug. 23 at about 2:30 p.m. when, he said, he dropped his cane onto another straphanger's legs.

Bronx subway rider hammers woman, 54, with cellphone and beats her face after getting bumped by victim's cart.  A bump of a cart turned into a sudden beatdown, when a steamed straphanger used a cellphone to pummel a 52-year-old woman whose shopping cart went awry on a Bronx subway train, police said Friday [8/25/2017].  The drama began when Angela Frias' shopping cart rolled into her assailant on a Manhattan-bound 4 train after it left the Burnside Ave. station at about 2:40 p.m. on July 27.

'I'm Going to Push You': Man Shoves Woman onto Subway Tracks:  Police.  A woman was pushed onto the tracks at a subway station in the East Village Tuesday night, police say.  The 49-year-old victim was standing on the northbound platform at the F train station around 9 p.m. when a man in his 20s approached her from behind and shoved her unprovoked, police said.

Wanted Chicago Felon, 21, Shoots Himself in Groin on Bus in Madison, WI.  Most fatal gun accidents are caused by young males who are reckless in their life style.  Many have a long history of criminality, violence, and other reckless behavior.  Jelani Faulk fits the profile.

Safety second!  Frisco's public transit officials shield thugs from racial stereotyping.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) has been plagued by a spike of violent crimes with assaults, robberies and rapes up a staggering 41 percent from last year. [...] Yet again, public safety is supposed to be paramount, except when the progressives eclipse safety with political correctness.  To avoid being accused of racial stereotyping, they're even willing to refer to rape, robbery and assault as "minor crimes."  Frisco's public transit head honchos are more concerned about the race of thugs as opposed to doing the right thing for law-abiding people being victimized.

BART robberies and assaults up, but felony arrests down.  Calls seeking help from BART police shot up in the first six months of the year at all but two of 46 train stations, keeping pace with a 35 percent increase in robberies and a 27 percent jump in assaults compared with the same period in 2016, agency figures show.  But while misdemeanor arrests were up through the end of June, along with citations for offenses such as fare evasion, felony arrests dropped 23 percent year to year.  BART officials say crime within the Bay Area's backbone transit system remains relatively low, and there hasn't been a homicide since January 2016.  But the latest numbers — released to The Chronicle in response to a public records request — underscore a recent surge in crime that has alarmed riders and prompted officials to boost patrols.

Suspect in brutal DART attack says he feels remorse for beating.  A suspect arrested for his role in a mob attack on a DART light rail train and station told Fox 4 News Friday that he feels remorse.  Jakobi Hendrix, 21, was arrested Thursday and faces an aggravated assault charge for hitting Kennan Jones with his skateboard.  His brother, Remon Hendrix, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor assault.  Police also are looking for a third Hendrix brother.  On Sunday night [7/30/2017], police said Jones was punched and kicked until he was unconscious.  Both brothers were on their way to work at Whataburger and can be seen in cell phone video wearing their distinctive orange work shirts.

DART riders concerned after train beating.  [Video clip]

Second arrest made in Deep Ellum DART mob attack.  Dallas police arrested a second suspect early Friday [8/4/2017] for the beating attack on a DART light rail train.  Police said Remon Hendrix was arrested around 1 a.m.  Friday at Target Cityplace across the street from the Whataburger where he and his brother worked.  Police said Remon Hendrix was spotted as he showed up for work.  He is charged with assault causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor.

Brothers arrested in DART train attack.  Two arrests have been made in connection with a violent assault by a group of people on a northbound Green Line DART train over the weekend.  Brothers Jakobi Darion Hendrix, 21, and Remon Hendrix, 23, were taken into custody on Thursday and Friday.  An arrest warrant shows that Jakobi Hendrix will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and his bond has been set at $25,000.

Crime on the L, CTA buses is up; 90% of serious incidents go unsolved.  [Scroll down]  Last January, for instance, a man was Tasered and arrested by the police in Evanston for "waving a knife around" at a Purple Line L |station.  That was one of 50 "incident reports" on file with the police in the north suburb for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  They cover a range of crimes, from battery to theft on CTA property.  In Forest Park, more than 100 crimes on CTA property have been reported since the beginning of 2015.  In one case, at a taxi stand outside a Forest Park Blue Line L station, someone stuck a "big, black revolver" up to the side of a cabbie's head, demanding money, which he got, according to a report from the police in the west suburb.

BART Officials Hide Videos of Black Mob Violence.  Transit officials in the San Francisco area do not release videos of black criminality because they do not want to make the black kids angry. [...] For years, passengers and former passengers complained about black violence, harassment, threats, robberies and even murder on BART.  Especially aboard the trains going to and from the east bay destinations of Oakland, Richmond, etc.  In April, a large group of black people swarmed through a BART train, beating [up] — then robbing — seven passengers.  Similar but smaller events have happened at least three times since then. [...] After every episode of violence, reporters and passengers wait for BART to release the videos from the cameras scattered around the stations and inside the cars.  But it never happens.  All because BART staff fears the videos would cast black people in a bad light, said BART honcho Kerry Hamill in a memo to a BART director: [...]

MSNBC Host Fudges Facts On Planned Parenthood.  MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle incorrectly stated Friday that Planned Parenthood has had "huge increases" in the number of essential women's health services they provide.  Florida Rep. Francis Rooney was arguing for defunding Planned Parenthood on "Velshi & Ruhle," and stated that Planned Parenthood has decreased its non-abortion activities, which is consistent with Planned Parenthood's own statistics.  Ruhle challenged his claim, rebutting, "I don't know where you read that but I don't believe that's true based on our reporting and what we cover."

Man harassing women on train 'viciously' killed two who confronted him.  [Scroll down]  Following the attack, police said one of the men died at the scene while another died at a hospital.  The third man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  "These were folks just riding the train and unfortunately got caught up in this," he said.

Man spewing hate on Brooklyn subway punches white woman, mocks black woman for 'trying to look white'.  A white woman was assaulted on a Brooklyn subway by a black man railing against whites and mocking a black woman for "trying to look white," police sources said.  The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident, which happened at 7:15 p.m. [5/23/2017] on the No. 4 train.  The 32-year-old victim got onto the train and saw a black man spewing hate, calling whites and women "dogs," sources said.

Woman: Homeless man punched me in the face 'for no reason'.  A homeless man was arrested for a spree of random violent attacks in a Herald Square subway station in which he struck two women in the face and hit a guy with a metal pipe, police said Monday [5/8/2017].  Daniel Evans, 45, was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of assault after the attacks, cops said.

Woman punched in the face inside Herald Square subway station.  Cops say a woman suffered bruises to her face after a stranger punched her on a subway platform during the early morning rush.  The victim, 30, was walking on the southbound F platform of the 34th Street-Herald Square subway station around 7:30 a.m.  Thursday [5/4/2017] when a man struck her on the side of her head, police said.

Fights, arrests after 300 youths converge on N.J. downtown.  South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll said Tuesday the crowd contained a mix of village teens and others from nearby communities, including Newark, East Orange and Irvington residents, who apparently arrived by public transportation.  The unruly crowd formed around 8 p.m. [Saturday, 4/29/2017] and kept officers busy until around midnight, according to police.  Kroll said he requested assistance from the Essex County Sheriff's Office, Maplewood and Orange police as altercations broke out among the throngs of teens and young adults.

Homeless man arrested for punching stranger's teeth out at Queens bus stop.  A homeless man is accused of sucker-punching an elderly stranger at a Queens bus stop and knocking out two of the man's teeth, cops said Sunday [4/30/2017].  Police arrested Andrey Desmond, 23, on felony assault and other charges, accusing him of ambushing the 75-year-old man as he waited for a Q48 bus on Roosevelt Ave. by Prince St. in Flushing, at about 4:50 a.m.  April 17.  Desmond — who has 24 prior arrests on his record, including busts on robbery and grand larceny charges — was acting erratically moments earlier, according to police sources.

Teens Commandeer BART Train In Violent Takeover Robbery Of Passengers.  Passengers on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train were robbed, and in some cases beaten, when dozens of juveniles stormed aboard the train and forced them to give up their property, police said.  The incident happened at 9:30 p.m.  Saturday at the Coliseum Station in Oakland aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train.  BART Police said witnesses reported 50 to 60 juveniles jumping the fare gates and going to the platform.  After boarding the train, the juveniles "committed multiple strongarm robberies of bags and cell phones," according to a police report.

Reporters Sleep as 60 Black People Rob a BART Train in Oakland.  Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven robberies had occurred — with victims losing a purse, a duffel bag, and five phones.  Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said.  Not one of the reporters for any of the dozens of news outlets in that area mentioned the central organizing feature of the "teens":  they were black.  Tons of Bay area law enforcement officials say so.  After they rampaged through the train, this black mob retreated into their East Oakland neighborhood — you know, the one that is widely reported to be the "backbone of African American life and culture in Oakland."

40-60 Teens Storm BART Train, Rob Passengers.  This didn't get much media play anywhere else, but there was a shocking robbery late Saturday night in San Francisco when a swarm of 40-60 juveniles stormed a BART train, took over a railway car, and robbed the passengers.  The teens exited the train and disappeared into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood.  And yes, the story in the San Francisco Chronicle somehow fails to mention the race of the wildlings.

Teen Mob Attacks Train, Violently Robs Passengers, Here In America.  Perhaps if Californians had "shall issue" concealed carry instead of "may issue" restrictions that leave residents in many counties virtually unable to obtain a carry permit then nonsense like this wouldn't happen... at least not twice.  I have to think that someone skillfully using a compact semi-automatic such as a Glock 19 would have been able to take down enough of these vermin to see the others scampering back to their holes empty-handed.

BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders.  BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night [4/22/2017] when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.  The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m.  Saturday.  Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform.  Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

Man accused of pushing actress onto tracks is held without bail.  The man accused of groping a young actress and then shoving her onto the subway tracks at a Greenwich Village station last week has been ordered held without bail.  Kimani Stephenson, 24, was remanded at his Manhattan arraignment Sunday night on charges of attempted murder, assault and sex abuse for the attack on Bonnie Currie, 22.  He allegedly grabbed the petite starlet's breast and crotch as she waited for a train at the 14th Street-Sixth Avenue station.

Family, friends fear long recovery for actress after subway sex assault.  A young stage actress suffered her "worst nightmare" when she was groped and shoved to the tracks at a Greenwich Village subway station early Friday morning [4/14/2017], her roommate told The [New York] Post.  Bonnie Currie, 22, was on the northbound F/M platform at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue at 4:20 a.m. when the man in his 20s walked up to her and grabbed her crotch, cops said.  She shoved his hand away, and he pushed her onto the tracks.  There was no train approaching, but she broke her wrist in the fall.

Man sucker-punches 70-year-old Pennsylvania man, attacks his wife at Port Authority Bus Terminal.  An elderly Pennsylvania couple was bum-rushed by a brazen ruffian as they walked through the Port Authority Bus Terminal, law enforcement sources said Tuesday [3/21/2017]. [...] No arrests have been made.  A motive behind the attack was not disclosed.

The Editor says...
Yep, there's no shortage of "brazen ruffians" at the bus station.  And the police haven't come up with any possible motive, other than maybe it's a black guy who hates white people just because they're white, so he instigates an unprovoked attack on an elderly white couple because there's zero chance they'll fight back.  If that explanation is out of the question, then I too find myself at a loss, just as the police seem to be.

Chicago police warn CTA Red Line riders of violent robbers.  Police warn CTA commuters who take the Red Line to look out for thieves.  There have been three robberies this week.  During the robbery, three-to-four offenders approach the victims outside of a CTA Red Line Station or on the train.  One asks a question to distract the rider — then the others punch the victim in the face multiple times and goes through their pockets or purse.

Elderly woman beaten after spat with young mom.  A high-strung mom was so offended when an elderly lady scolded her about her rude kid that she snatched a walking cane out of the old er lady's hand and whacked her at an Upper East Side subway station, police sources said.  "She just beat me up," the aghast 71-year-old lady told the [New York] Post on Tuesday.  "I'm in a lot of pain."  The brawl broke out as the older woman, who has trouble climbing stairs, was about to step onto an elevator at a Q train station at East 86th Street and Second Avenue at around 2 p.m.  Monday [3/6/2017], police said.

Subway rider beat up by dancers says he was protecting fiancée.  The straphanger attacked by four thugs on a subway was pummeled when he told the breakdancing fools not to badmouth his fiancée, he told The [New York] Post.  "They were telling people, 'Move!  Give us room!'" chivalrous victim David Giaccone, 40, told The Post about the four men, all in their 20s, who boarded the southbound A train in East New York about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday [2/22/2017].  "One dancer started saying, 'If I had a gun, you would all tip me better,'" he said.

Dancers attack straphanger who wouldn't move for performance.  Four subway dancers attacked a straphanger who refused to move aside so they could perform in the middle of a Brooklyn train car, police said Thursday.  The four men, described as being in their 20s, walked onto the southbound A train in East New York at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, asking for money and shouting at people to step aside so they could do their routine, according to police.  When the 40-year-old victim, who was with his 26-year-old girlfriend, refused to move, one of the dancers punched him in the face, cutting him on his left cheek, police said.

Woman reportedly says she threw girl on train tracks as a human sacrifice.  The woman facing attempted murder charges for allegedly throwing a five-year-old girl in front of a train called the Courier-Post newspaper from a psychiatric hospital, saying she felt like "it was just a sacrifice."  Autumn Matacchiera, 20, of Hainesport, was arrested Jan. 27 on the light rail platform on West Broad Street after police jumped onto the tracks and got the train to stop before it reached the girl.  Authorities said the girl, whom Matacchiera did not know, had a scratch and bruises.

Man on Subway Alarms Riders With Bomb Threat:  NYPD.  Police are looking for the subway rider who yelled that he had a bomb, causing panic among fellow straphangers, authorities say.  The man was on the northbound 6 train going from 86th Street and Lexington Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, when he allegedly said, "I have a bomb and am not afraid to die," according to the NYPD.

Three pot smokers busted for attacking straphanger, harassing conductor at Penn Station.  Cops nabbed three pot-smoking straphangers who harassed a conductor and punched a passenger after he tried to intervene, police said Monday [1/30/2017].  Latiq Deveaux, 22; Lezon Deveaux, 21; and Kinard Oliver, 19, were riding the downtown No. 3 train and smoking weed on Sunday around 5:45 a.m., sources said.  When the train pulled into 34th St./Penn Station, the conductor asked them to get off.  As a result, they started yelling at her and banging on her door, police sources said.

Criminal who beat elderly man in the Bronx may have also pummeled 86-year-old woman in Midtown.  A 22-year-old career criminal beat up an elderly straphanger inside a Bronx subway station — and may be responsible for a similar attack less than three hours earlier on an 84-year-old woman, authorities said Wednesday.  Jahaid Turner blew his top when 76-year-old Julian Sandoval tried to get past him after getting off the No. 4 train at the 167th St. station about 4:45 p.m.  Tuesday [1/24/2017].

Diplomat busted for grinding against woman on subway released thanks to immunity.  A diplomat from Sudan was arrested for allegedly grinding against a woman on a Manhattan subway Monday [1/9/2017] — but the charges were dropped because he has diplomatic immunity, police sources said.  The 49-year-old diplomat, Mohammad Abdalla Ali, was riding an uptown 4 train at about 2 p.m. when he allegedly approached the 38-year-old woman from behind as the train was leaving Grand Central and rubbed his crotch against her, police sources said.  He was taken to the Midtown South police station house, where he was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching.

Stranger pushes man under subway train.  A man was pushed by a stranger onto subway tracks in Manhattan on Sunday.  It was the second subway push in less than a week.  The latest incident took place at the 18th St.-Seventh Ave. station in Chelsea around 7:20 a.m. [11/14/2016] Police say the man was found under a subway car with a laceration to his foot and a contusion to his head.  Paramedics took the 54-year-old victim to Bellevue Hospital but he was expected to survive.

Teen killed trying stunt at Brooklyn subway stop, police say.  The New York Police Department says the victim, an unidentified 14-year-old boy, was riding in between the cars of a southbound L train when he tried to jump onto the platform at the New Lots Avenue station around 10:40 p.m.  Wednesday [12/7/2016].

NYC subway creeps
Cops arrest three high-risk sex offenders in subway incidents.  Three high level sex offenders have been arrested in separate Manhattan subway stations the past two days, police sources said.  Transit cops inside the Times Square subway station on Thursday [12/1/2016] cuffed the first fiend, Ralph Hargrove.  While on patrol they recognized his face from a forcible touching wanted poster, sources said.  The 62-year-old creep, who has 13 prior arrests, was carrying a gravity knife and drug paraphernalia when he was busted.

Man Wearing Donald Trump Hat Attacked on NYC Subway.  A man says he was attacked by two men on a New York City subway simply because he was wearing a hat in support of President-elect Donald Trump.  Corey Cataldo, 24, of the Bronx, said he was riding the uptown 5 train from Union Square to Morris Park Friday [11/18/2016] when a fellow rider on the subway noticed his "Make America Great Again" hat and didn't like it, WABC reported.  "He asked me if I'm a Trump supporter.  I said 'yeah' and thought he'd say 'me too.'  People have been doing that," Cataldo said.  "But no.  This man was not a Trump supporter."

Woman accused in NYC subway push insists she's not guilty.  A former home health aide rolled her eyes and insisted she wasn't guilty as she was charged Tuesday with shoving a woman onto the subway tracks under Times Square, killing her.

Woman shoved to her death in front of Times Square train.  A woman was shoved to her death in front of a moving train at Times Square station Monday afternoon, authorities said.  The 49-year-old victim was standing on the platform waiting for the 1 train when a 30-year-old woman wearing a pink shirt and scarf shoved her onto the tracks around 1:20 p.m., authorities said.  She was struck by an oncoming train and died at the scene, police said.  The suspect, who has a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was taken into custody, according to police.

Homeless woman arrested for pushing stranger into oncoming subway train in Manhattan.  A 50-year-old woman was lucky to avoid serious injury after a vagrant shoved her into the side of an oncoming subway train in Manhattan, sources said Wednesday [10/26/2016].  The homeless assailant, Patricia Abraham, 62, was busted Tuesday less than 24 hours after the unprovoked attack at the Prince St. station, sources said.  The victim was waiting on the northbound platform at about 4:50 p.m.  Monday when Abraham hurled her into the train, sources said.

Police bust goon seen on video beating 66-year-old man on Brooklyn subway train.  Police say they've arrested the heartless cretin who beat and robbed a 66-year-old man in a brutal subway attack in Brooklyn that was caught on video.  Troy Sales, 26, of Crown Heights, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the Sunday robbery, which police say left the bloodied and bruised victim with a broken rib.  Police said a Crimestoppers tip led to his capture.

NYPD looking for man connected to subway menacing.  A woman told police she was on the Manhattan-bound E train coming from Queens on Friday morning [10/14/2016] when a man sat next to her and threatened to slap her.

Mugger brutally beats senior on subway.  Cops released video of a mugger brutally beating a 66-year-old man on a Brooklyn train this weekend.  The elderly man was on a Manhattan-bound M train at the Myrtle/Wyckoff Avenue station in Bushwick at about midnight on Sunday when a thug approached him, knocked him to the floor and kicked and punched him before snatching his wallet — containing a credit card and $20 — and his cellphone.  The attacker made a quick getaway off the train.  [Video clip]

10-times deported Mexican man accused of raping a child on a Greyhound bus.  A man from Mexico who had been deported 10 times in the last six years is behind bars on charges of raping a child on a Greyhound bus.  Hays Post reported Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 41, sexually abused a 12-year-old girl while on Interstate 70, in Kansas' Geary County, late last month.  "A Greyhound bus had made a stop in Kansas City and there was an alleged rape that occurred on the bus, however they had no idea where this rape took place," Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf told Hays Post.

Surly Straphanger Sought In Subway Stiletto Shoe Slashing Of Senior.  New York City police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who used her high-heeled shoe to bloody a 75-year-old man during an attack last month on a Manhattan subway train.  According to cops, the suspect was arguing with the victim as their train pulled into the Times Square station before noon on August 19.  The attacker, cops allege, removed one of her shoes and slashed the pensioner across the face.  The victim suffered a laceration during the assault and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Man in custody after armed standoff aboard Amtrak train.  An hours-long standoff with an armed man who barricaded himself aboard an Amtrak train ended early Saturday [9/17/2016] after police used tear gas.

New video shows man punching victim in face on Q66 bus.  Police are asking for the public's help Saturday [8/27/2016] to identify a man in connection with an assault that occurred on a Q66 bus in July.  The victim was sitting on the bus while it was idling at the corner of 21st Street and 35th Avenue around noon Friday, July 8.

Cuomo stiffens penalties for assaulting subway employees.  New Yorkers will face stiffer penalties for assaulting subway station agents and cleaners.  Gov. Cuomo on Friday [8/19/2016] signed legislation allowing prosecutors to seek punishment of up to seven years in prison for such crimes.  The law makes the punishment the same as the one meted out to anyone who attacks subway-train operators and bus drivers.  Some 117 transit workers were assaulted between June 2015 and May of this year, according to transit-union officials.

Teen caught fondling commuters tells cops he'd never seen white women.  A Jamaican student who was caught in the act fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station Monday morning [7/25/2016] — and allegedly did the same to four other women last week — told cops he committed the act because he'd never seen white women before and "they're absolutely beautiful," police sources said.  Lt. John DiMeola and Officer Lauren Garcia spotted Damario Johnson, 19, a Jamaican national who is in New York on a student visa, pacing around the Hoyt Street 2 and 3 station before running up to a woman and sticking his hands up her skirt, according to Capt. Zahid Williams, the commanding officer of Transit District 30.  They immediately arrested him without incident.

Police ID suspect in fatal stabbing outside Metro station.  Metro Transit Police say 36-year-old Ali Anthony Jovan of Fairfax, Virginia, was taken into custody and faces first-and second-degree murder in Wednesday night's [7/20/2016] stabbing in Prince George's County.

Man Stabbed To Death At DC Metro Station After Argument Escalates.  D.C. Metro Transit Police officers ran down and arrested a suspect after a fatal stabbing outside a station in Prince George's County, Maryland Wednesday night [7/20/2016].  An argument broke out between two men at the Addison Road Metro station's bus bay in Prince George's County at roughly 7:15 p.m., and quickly turned physical.  The suspect allegedly pulled out a "switch blade style" knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.  Metro Transit Police at the station quickly responded to the incident and chased the suspect down before he could flee the area, according NBC Washington.  Authorities pronounced the victim, 35-year-old Vontrel Laarius McDaniel, dead at the scene.

Suspect pushed man, 69, down flight of stairs at Queens subway station:  NYPD.  Police are searching for a man who allegedly pushed another man down a flight of stairs at a Queens subway station.  The incident happened Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. inside of the 36 Street M/R subway station in Long Island City. [...] The suspect is described as being 6-foot, heavy set and in his late 20s.

Subway sex crimes are increasing at an alarming rate.  Reported sex crimes on the city's subways have soared more than 50 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, according to newly released NYPD numbers.  There were 458 incidents reported between Jan. 1 through June 19, up from 299 for the same time frame last year.  "Not many men know that this happens, but far too many women do," NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox said Monday [6/20/2016].  But Fox said he doesn't believe that the increase means there is more groping and flashing out there — it's just that it's being reported more.

Child molester drops his pants, rubs against woman on subway.  A convicted child molester dropped his pants and pushed himself against a female passenger aboard a crowded subway car during Friday's [3/4/2016] morning rush in Union Square, police said.  The disturbing encounter happened a day after a convicted murderer rubbed his groin against another female passenger entering the same station, police said.

New York man, 21, slashed across the neck on Manhattan subway platform after string of similar attacks.  A Subway passenger has been viciously slashed across the neck inside a New York city subway station early Monday morning [6/20/2016].  The dispute between two groups of passengers began aboard a northbound A train at around 1.30 am, according to the NYPD.  But the row quickly escalated and spilled out onto the 59th Street Columbus Circle platform.  A 21-year-old man had pulled out a knife and slashed his victim, also 21, across the neck as he left the train.

Teenagers beat woman on Brooklyn subway for 'sucking teeth' in disrespect.  A 21-year-old woman was attacked by a group of teenage girls after she sucked her teeth at them in disgust on a Manhattan-bound A train in Brooklyn, cops said Saturday [6/11/2016].  Police have released images of the teens, who are still being sought for the May 27 attack.

Video: Bus passenger kicks elderly woman.  Man kicks a woman in the face, attempts to hijack a bus.

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The suspect's face is blurred in the accompanying video clip, for reasons that are not readily apparent.

Two teen girls 'put elderly woman, 78, in the hospital after senselessly beating her on a New York City subway.  The two teenage girls who are being accused of beating an elderly woman so severely that she had to be rushed to a New York City hospital have reportedly been turned in to police.  The New York Daily News reports that police are questioning the two suspects, with the first girl being brought in Friday morning by her mother after she recognized her from surveillance photos released by authorities after the attack.  The second suspect was brought in shortly after.

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Guess which five-letter adjective is completely absent from the article immediately above.  Here's a hint:  It starts with a B and rhymes with LACK.

Man beaten to death by vagrant at bus stop in Queens.  A 57-year-old man was beaten to death by a homeless man as he stood at a bus stop in Queens early Thursday [5/26/2016], police said.  The victim was found unconscious with head trauma laying at a bus stop on Mott Avenue near Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway at around 4:30 a.m., cops said.  Emergency responders rushed the man, whose identity was not immediately released, to St.  John's University Hospital where he died about 40 minutes later.

Crime In The DC Metro System Sees Dramatic Year-Over-Year Spike.  D.C. Metro officials are responding to a troubling double-digit spike in the crime rate this year within the transit system, directing police to immediately notify the public of any incident of violence.  A spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) said Tuesday [5/24/2016] crime is up year-over-year by 10.1 percent, and is only increasing.  The alleged rape of a woman at knife point on a moving red line train in April, which broke Monday, drew renewed concern among riders about the growing crime trend.  A bloody robbery Monday night aboard a green line train heading to the Suitland station is the latest crime in the system, reports WJLA.

Hijacked Metrobus fatally strikes D.C. pedestrian.  Details are emerging about fatal bus hijacking in Northeast Washington on May 3.  Keith James Loving, 30, attacked a D.C. Metrobus driver, hijacked the bus and then hit and killed 40-year-old Anthony Payne in a gas station parking lot.

Hijacked Metrobus kills pedestrian in DC, 1 in custody.  After boarding the bus, the rider hovered near the driver.  Within a few blocks, police said there was some sort of confrontation between the rider and driver, and a weapon was "displayed."  Seeing the commotion, passengers escaped the bus through the rear door.  The driver also fled, but not before hitting an emergency button, summoning help.  The hijacker closed the doors, took the wheel and drove just a few blocks before losing control of the bus.

Metrobus hijacked in northeast DC; pedestrian struck and killed.  Police said the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Keith James Loving of Northeast D.C., remained unseated and stood at the front of the bus near the driver.  At the next stop, which was on Kenilworth Avenue, the man attacked the driver with an unknown weapon.  D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the passengers and the driver were able to flee the vehicle.

Woman wanted for punching straphanger on 7 train: police.  Police are looking for a woman who punched a straphanger, then threw her phone out of the train when she tried to call police.  On Friday [4/29/2016] at 3 p.m., the suspect was arguing with a straphanger on a Queens-bound 7 train en-route to 46th Street station.  The suspect accused another passenger, a 48-year-old woman, of staring at her, then approached and punched her in the face, police said.

Nursing student robbed and beaten in broad daylight on Chicago 'El' train as other passengers ignore her plight.  It has taken a lot of concerted effort on the part of the grievance industry, but the bonds of civil society are finally fraying to the breaking point.  In broad daylight at 10 AM Thursday [4/28/2016], 19 year old nursing student Jessica Hughes was attacked and beaten by a pair of muggers whose race the media do not care to mention, as other passengers on the train did not lift a finger to help her.

Migrants who attacked pensioners that stood up for harassed woman walk free from court.  The three Afghan men were arrested after attacking an elderly man who tried to stop them groping a woman on a subway train in Munich, Germany.  They also attacked an elderly woman, retired doctor Gloria R, 76, who said:  "He spat on the ground between my legs, and when I wanted to stand up and go, he tried to steal my walking stick.  I told him not to grab me, but he did and he kicked me in the backside."  They were caught after police officers issued their images around the country, and an alert police officer had then spotted one of the men, Haroon H, aged 20, and arrested him.  A short while later the 19-year-old, Fardin A, who was also wanted, was spotted by police and arrested.

Woman 'screaming racial profanities' attacks passenger at King's Highway Station.  A suspect with a history of violence has been arrested for attacking a passenger, police said.  According to police sources, the suspect, Monique Barbaro, 25, of Queensbridge, was lying across seats on a northbound Q train.  Barbaro stood up and started yelling "Move!" at the victim, sources said.  The victim got up and Barbaro followed her, then start punching her in the face and head, police sources said.

Teen girl recounts how she was pushed in front of Queens subway train; police arrest man who allegedly shoved her.  When a 15-year-old girl was shoved into the path of an oncoming train in Queens, nothing seemed real — especially the massive subway car barreling down on her.  "It just didn't seem realistic," the still stunned Xinyi Huang told the Daily News on Friday to describe the March 5 brush with death at the 103rd St./Corona Plaza station in Corona.  "I was just standing there waiting for the train to go to Manhattan (and) he pushed me from behind.  I'm still not sure what happened.  I'm not brave ... I was just lucky."

Man menaces straphangers with knife on the Q train in Brooklyn.  Imagine you're riding a crowded Q train in Brooklyn and all of a sudden, you see a man walking inside the subway car brandishing a knife. [...] Ysaac Paul, 31, was arrested after police say he was observed "aggressively standing with a knife in hand," around 2 p.m. Thursday [3/3/2016], alarming fellow subway riders.  He's been charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Child molester drops his pants, rubs against woman on subway.  A convicted child molester dropped his pants and pushed himself against a female passenger aboard a crowded subway car during Friday's morning rush in Union Square, police said.  The disturbing encounter happened a day after a convicted murderer rubbed his groin against another female passenger entering the same station, police said. [...] This is the second sex crime arrest near the Union Square subway station in as many days.

Subway rider slashed in face by attacker blocking doorway.  A worker at the high-end Swiss jeweler Chopard became the city's latest slashing victim when he bumped into a man who was blocking the door of a crowded subway train in Manhattan on Friday [2/26/2016], police sources said.  Arman Telfeyan, of Mahwah, NJ, was boarding a northbound train at the N/Q/R station in Times Square around 8:15 a.m.  when he made contact with his attacker, the sources said.  The slasher, described as an Indian man around 45 years old, stared at Telfeyan, then cursed at him, saying, "F*** you," according to law-enforcement sources.  They got into an argument as the train continued moving uptown — and at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, the attacker suddenly pulled a knife out of his pocket and sliced Telfeyan on his left cheek.  The victim was also slashed on the left thumb as he tried to defend himself.

Exclusive: Long Island woman punched out by mentally ill ex-con in Times Square.  A 27-year-old woman was punched out without warning by a mentally ill ex-con in the Times Square subway station.  "I saw him wind back and punch me," Erin Reilly, 27, said of the unprovoked Wednesday [2/24/2016] beatdown.  "I wasn't expecting it.  When he leaned back I remember saying to myself that there was no way he was going to punch me — but then he did.  The next thing I know I was lying on the ground."  Reilly was headed to catch a No. 2 or 3 train to Penn Station, where she planned to connect to the Long Island Rail Road, when she was attacked about 12:30 a.m.

Teen suspect in DC subway shooting charged as adult.  A 16-year-old suspect was charged as an adult Wednesday [2/24/2016] after a robbery and shooting on a subway train in Washington, D.C. left one passenger wounded, investigators said.  A suspected accomplice, 19, was also charged with armed robbery.

Accused granny slasher says he thought 71-year-old on the subway was armed.  A deranged Brooklyn man who allegedly sliced the face of a random 71-year-old granny tried to tell cops she may have been armed, court papers say.  "I observed a silver object in her coat pocket and it made me lose it.  I felt threatened," said accused slasher Damon Knowles who also he had been on a five-day crack bender when he encountered Carmen Rivera on Jan. 25 about 7 p.m. as the D train they were on pulled into the Broadway-Lafayette station.  "I approached her and slashed her in the face with a razor," the accused menace continued.  He described the imaginary object as "an illusion" that caused him to "black out."

Woman slashed across face in another terrifying NYC attack.  A young woman was sliced across the face in the early morning attack Friday [2/12/2016] that left her with a six-inch wound — becoming the latest in a spate of terrifying slashings across the city.  "It all happened very quickly," said Paula Delos Santos, 20, who was cut across the left cheek at 12:15 a.m. in The Bronx.  "I was terrified, very frantic, hysterical.  I had blood all over me.  I thought it was because he kicked me in the face."  The pretty brunette had just gotten off the No. 2 train and was talking to a pal on the phone on her way home when she was attacked from behind on Holland Avenue near Morris Park Avenue.

Cops investigating second anti-white attack in Brooklyn this week: 'This is for Malcolm X, cracka'.  Police are investigating a second anti-white bias incident in Brooklyn where the attacker called his victim "cracka," the [New York] Daily News has learned.  A 51-year-old white man told cops he was on Nostrand Ave. near Glenwood Road in East Flatbush when a black man ran up and knocked him to the ground about 5:40 p.m. Monday [2/8/2016].  "This is for Malcolm X, cracka," the brute said before storming off.

Exclusive: Brooklyn train commuter explains attack by man who called him 'cracka'.  [Scroll down]  Once they were on the train, [Randy] Aveille thought he saw actress Emily Bergl of the Showtime series "Shameless" on the other side of the train car.  His attacker — a well-groomed black man sporting a beard and wearing a skull cap with embossed white lettering on it — was in his line of sight, he said.  "He must have thought that I was staring... or challenging him in some way," Aveille said, showing the bruised right eye he suffered because of his stargaze.

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Notice that there was no attempt on the part of the perpetrator to settle the dispute verbally or negotiate a peaceful settlement.  The assailant didn't like (what he perceived as) being stared at.  So badly was he offended, or his male dominance threatened, that he met the stare with physical aggression.  That's exactly the behavior one would expect in the gorilla cage at the zoo.

Woman slashed in the face on NYC subway train.  Police in New York City said they were on the hunt for a man suspected of slashing a 71-year-old woman in the face on a Manhattan subway train Monday. [...] Both the man and woman got off the train when it stopped.  The suspect escaped on a southbound D train.

71-year-old woman slashed in face with razor while riding on 6 train in NYC.  Another slashing by a random assailant — the 10th unsolved attack since October — took place Monday morning [1/25/2016] when a 71-year-old Brooklyn grandma was cut across the face as she sat on a subway train in lower Manhattan.  The victim said the latest attack took place on a Manhattan-bound D train at the Broadway-Lafayette station when a man wielding a razor slashed her as the train pulled into the station.  It was also the latest incident in a disturbing citywide spike in stabbings and slashings since Jan. 1, which has seen a nearly 15% increase compared with last year, police said.

D.C. NPR Family Another Victim of Black Violence and Denial.  If Lori Kaplan depended only on her employers at NPR for news, she was probably surprised at the black mob violence that almost killed her white husband.  Kaplan is the Senior Director of Audience Research at NPR in downtown Washington, D.C.  That is where she regularly meets her husband at the end of his evening commute on the Metro Red Line.  That is what she was recently doing when she received a text message from him:  An "idiot gang" was acting belligerently in his train car, so he was going to move.  That was the last she heard from him until he got off the train:  bloody, beaten, and dazed.  With a broken jaw and missing teeth. [...] The attackers of Kaplan's husband were black — as are virtually all of the violent predators on the Washington Metro.

BART killing exposes security gap — many train cameras are decoys.  BART police investigating the weekend killing of a passenger on a train in Oakland have no onboard video of the crime, even though the transit agency had what appear to be surveillance cameras just feet from where the suspect shot the victim at close range, The [San Francisco] Chronicle has learned.  Although all BART cars have what look like cameras mounted to their ceilings, the vast majority of the devices are decoys incapable of capturing footage, BART officials conceded Wednesday.  And some of the actual cameras are broken, two police sources said.

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This is what's know as security theater.  They sure look like security cameras!  But they are only there to make you think you're safe.  In reality, even if all the cameras work and they're all well-positioned, they cannot prevent crime.  They can only provide clues about the identity of the suspects — and then only if the suspects aren't completely covered up with a hoodie (in July) and sunglasses (at night).

Transit officer shot near San Francisco-area train station.  Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area transit officer was shot in the arm [12/25/2015] by a fleeing suspect who was then shot by a second officer.

New Orleans police considering drones, transit hub changes, in wake of weekend violence.  An estimated 5,000 passengers pass every day through the 20 or so transit lines that stop in that Canal Street area, which has experienced its share of violence.  With so many people from across the city converging in one place, [8th District Cmdr. Jeff] Walls said bus stops can become places where pre-existing disputes get settled.  "The criminal element runs into each other there," he said.

Durham woman shot by teen at bus stop may lose an eye.  A 43-year-old woman who attempted to counsel three wayward youths at a bus stop Tuesday [11/17/2015] may lose an eye after one of the teens pulled out a pellet gun and shot her.  Investigators have charged Tyrease Anderson, 16, of Durham with malicious maiming, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, injury to property, defrauding an innkeeper and misdemeanor conspiracy, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Suspected C train slasher Stanley Gray released from jail days before alleged attack with box cutter: court records.  Suspected C-train slasher Stanley Gray had been released from jail on an assault charge just days before he allegedly attacked two subway passengers with a box cutter, according to court records.  Gray was arraigned Thursday [11/5/2015], two days after he terrorized a Manhattan-bound train and randomly slashed two men in the head at a train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant.  Gray, 29 of Brownsville, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment.

Woman dies of injuries stemming from Muni bus altercation.  A 55-year-old woman who was severely injured this month when an argument that spilled out of a San Francisco Muni bus turned physical died Friday [10/23/2015] after being taken off life support, police said Monday.  The woman, who was not immediately identified, was on life support with a traumatic brain injury at San Francisco General Hospital following the Oct. 15 attack in the city's Mission District.

Bystanders spring into action; protect elderly man from attack on city bus.  Buses are a terrible place to start a fight, especially for this guy who was bullying an elderly man.  He had nowhere to run when a few good Samaritans decided to get involved.  [Video clip]

U.S. trains are soft terror targets.  An attack like the one last week on a Paris-bound train could easily happen in the U.S. given current security measures, and a security expert said Americans would likely be unwilling to commit the time and expense needed to fix the problem.  Robert Taylor, founder of the consulting firm Security Services International Associates, said train stations should have similar security measures as airports, making travelers pass through metal detectors and feed their bags through x-ray machines.  Absent that, there's little to stop a similar attack from taking place in the U.S.

Man kills himself, woman on bullet train.  A man set himself ablaze on board a moving bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record. [...] Reports said a blast was heard from a toilet stall, filling the front carriage with choking white smoke, and bringing the train to an emergency stop as passengers rushed through carriages to get away.

Man beaten on MetroLink train after attacker asks him about Michael Brown, police say.  A video posted to Facebook appears to show the attack, and MetroLink released surveillance images of suspects.  Police said the victim, who is white, was punched and kicked by three black men, one of whom had made the reference to the teen killed in Ferguson by a police officer Aug. 9.  The assault took place about 8:54 p.m. as the eastbound train was nearing the Forest Park Metrolink platform, police said.  The victim told police he was seated when the three men approached him from behind.

Another Mike Brown Inspired Attack In St. Louis.  The media's lies about "HandsUpDonShoot" are the gift that keeps on giving.  [Video clip] And just remember, this isn't the failure of the State to maintain order.  This is policy.  If the man had defended himself, or if he had used a gun, the suspects in this video would be the new "Gentle Giants" and Civil Rights Heroes.

Two men arrested over brutal attack on St Louis commuter who refused to answer question about Michael Brown's death.  Two thugs who brutally assaulted a commuter on a St. Louis light rail car when he refused to give his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown have been arrested.  David Autry, 43, was travelling home on the MetroLink train at 10pm last Monday when he was punched and kicked in the head by the men.  The two suspects, a 15-year-old juvenile and a 21-year-old man, will be formally charged tomorrow [4/1/2015], police said.

Police: Man stabs two after asking about religious beliefs.  Both of the victims were standing at the bus stop outside of Detroit with the suspect on Saturday [2/14/2015], Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said. Several people there "engaged in conversation" until the suspect, identified by Hawkins as 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas, "asked some of the folks there if they were Muslims."  Two of them answered, the chief told The [Washington] Post on Tuesday:  They were not Muslims.  Thomas "was not not happy with that answer," Hawkins said.  Shortly after, "without provocation," Thomas pulled out a 3-inch folding knife "and attacked one of them," Hawkins said.

Aurora teen robbed on RTD bus and shot for his cell phone tells story.  An Aurora man who was robbed on an RTD bus and shot over his cell phone, said he hopes someone will come forward with information.  No one would blame Jordan Hough if he didn't feel up to telling his story with his jaw wired shut, but the 19-year-old said he refuses to live in fear while the guys who shot him walk. [...] Aurora police are now releasing a more detailed description of the two suspects:  Two black males in their mid-to late-teens, both between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build.

No Hate Crime Charges in Stabbing of SF Transgender Woman.  Two victims got off a Muni bus on Saturday [1/3/2015] at Golden Gate and Van Ness avenues to get away from a man screaming insults at them.  However, once they were on the sidewalk, he was right behind them with a knife.

Seattle bus passenger stabbed during ride, suspect at-large.  Police said the victim boarded Metro route No. 132 and sat down next to the suspect.  The suspect began to argue with how close he sat to him, the Seattle Police Department said. [...] The suspect is said to have been a black man, about 40 years old, wearing a black coat with blue jeans and a black knit hat.

Girl robbed in Jersey City after she tells men she has $90 to buy shoes.  A 15-year-old Jersey City girl was robbed yesterday after she told two male acquaintances she had $90 on her to go buy shoes, according to a police report.  The girl was waiting for a bus inside the U.S. Fried Chicken at Bidwell Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive around 5:15 p.m. when she shared the information with two people she knew from the neighborhood, according to the police report.  Once she told them about the money, one of the males she was speaking with struck her in the head and then held her wrists, while his accomplice, a 22-year-old later identified as Nigel Nealey of Bidwell Avenue, took the money and a cellphone from her pockets, reports said.

Teenage thugs slapped and taunted elderly passenger on train before posting footage on Facebook.  Two thugs attacked an elderly passenger on a train — then boastfully uploaded the video on to social media.  The Facebook video show two young males taunting and laughing at the man before spitefully slapping him round the head.  The pair then grin gleefully at the camera.  The footage shows the man sitting quietly on his own before one of the youth jumps out from behind a door and smacks him quite hard on head.

Police stop man on 'stabbing rampage' aboard Amtrak train.  Police officers churning their way through a chaotic scene aboard an Amtrak train in Michigan are being credited with preventing even more bloodshed after a man stabbed a conductor and three fellow passengers.  "It was pretty incredible that they may have saved some lives," passenger Tyler Vandermolen said.  Michael Williams, 44, of Saginaw was charged Saturday with attempted murder.  He's accused of stabbing four people while the train was stopped Friday night [12/5/2014] at a depot in Niles in southwestern Michigan, about 10 miles north of South Bend, Indiana.  The victims were reported to be in stable condition.

Suspect arrested following stabbing in Port Huron-bound Amtrak train.  More than 100 Amtrak passengers on a train headed to Port Huron have been stuck in the Niles train station since about 7 p.m. as police comb their parked train for evidence following a stabbing that sent the conductor and three passengers to area hospitals, authorities said.  The Chicago-to-Port Huron Amtrak passenger train was the scene of a multiple stabbing at about 7 p.m. as the train pulled into the small town west of Battle Creek, and the 18-officer Niles Police Department took one man into custody, police said.

Police: Man held in DeKalb bus stop shooting suspected in rapes.  A man arrested last week in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman at a DeKalb County bus stop is suspected in three sexual assault cases in the county dating back to last year, police said Monday [12/1/2014].  Officials said during an afternoon press conference at DeKalb police headquarters that Christopher Merritt, 18, of Lithonia was arrested without incident Friday afternoon [11/28/2014] at an abandoned apartment in the 5800 block of Trent Walk Drive in Lithonia.  DeKalb police said Merritt on Nov. 23 shot and killed Marcaysia Dawkins, a 2014 Lithonia High School graduate, while she waited at a bus stop near her home.

Man arrested in subway shoving that killed Bronx man is suspected in another case, has long rap sheet.  Kevin Darden, a career criminal with 30 arrests in 15 years, was the target of a massive police search as a 'person of interest' in the Sunday death of Wai Keun Kwok, who was shoved by a deranged assailant into the path of a D train at the 167th St. station in the Bronx.  Darden's rap sheet includes an arrest for trying to burn down his own brother's house.

Ex-Con Arrested for Fatal Subway Push, Police Say.  Police have arrested an ex-con suspected of pushing a 61-year-old father to his death in front of a D train.  Kevin Darden, who has an extensive criminal history and was released from jail only two days before the fatal shove, was caught walking on a street in the 48th Precinct shortly after his mugshot was released Tuesday to the public, according to the NYPD.  Darden, 34, was on the Manhattan-bound platform of the 167th Street station about 8:45 a.m. Sunday [11/16/2014] when he pushed Wai Kuen Kwok, a stranger, in front of the train in full view of Kwok's horrified wife, sources said.

Suspect Charged In Deadly Subway Incident.  And as CBS2's Weijia Jiang reported, detectives have also linked Darden to two other crimes at subway stations — both of them earlier this month.  The first incident took place on Nov. 6 at around 5:30 p.m., police said.  In that incident, a 51-year-old Asian man said he was pushed to the ground while waiting on the platform at West 4th Street in Manhattan, police said.  The victim in that incident was hospitalized with serious bruising, CBS2 reported.  He came forward after recognizing the suspect from the surveillance photo released following the most recent fatal incident.

Cops Arrest Suspect In Fatal Subway Shoving.  After an extensive manhunt, police apprehended the suspect in Sunday's fatal subway shoving.  Kevin Darden, 34, was caught yesterday near his mother's house in the Bronx.  And investigators believe he had also pushed a passenger in another violent incident earlier this month.

Unprovoked machete attack by illegal aliens caught on camera in Chicago.  A horrific machete attack by an illegal alien gang on two innocent young men waiting on a platform for a Chicago El train has been caught on surveillance camera, and is making big news in Chicago.  Chicago is, of course, a sanctuary city for illegal aliens under the policies of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Caught on video: Machete attack on Brown Line platform.  Seven people, including two 15-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl, have been charged in a machete attack on the Kedzie Brown Line CTA platform in Albany Park, police said.  The seven attacked a 17-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man on the platform in the 4600 block of North Kedzie Avenue at 12:35 a.m. Monday [9/8/2014] after asking them to flash gang signs, police said.  The two refused, saying they were not in a gang, and Mario Elvira, 18, pulled out a machete and struck the 26-year-old in the head, cutting his head and neck, police said.

Shooting at NJ Transit station.  Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning [8/1/2014]. [...] The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.

Teen Punches Homeless Man on Red Line While Friends Videotape the Attack.  More than 250,000 people have viewed an online video that appears to show a thug punching a homeless guy at a Chicago L stop.

Man Beaten to Death at Amtrak Station.  Michael Fobbs Jr., 21, is accused of beating a stranger to death with his bare hands.  Police say it happened just after eleven Thursday night [7/3/2014] at the Amtrak station east of downtown.  Witnesses claim they saw Fobbs pacing back and forth in the waiting area before suddenly attacking a 56-year-old man sitting on a bench.

Man Beaten to Death at Texas Amtrak Station.  An unidentified man was killed Thursday night [7/3/2014] in San Antonio while waiting to board an Amtrak train to Houston.  He was allegedly beaten to death by a large man who witnesses observed stating, "I just like killing someone."  The victim was a white male in his mid-fifties who weighed about 150 pounds, according to an Amtrack [sic] employee who spoke with Breitbart Texas on condition of anonymity.  The alleged assailant was described as a black male weighing approximately 350 pounds.

Man, 65, Beaten On Train Platform Succumbs To His Injuries.  Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives investigating a beating last week on a train platform are now investigating a homicide.  The 65-year-old victim, now identified as LA resident John Whitmore, was standing on a Metro-Blue Line Imperial/Wilmington train platform on Friday afternoon June 13, when he was accosted and assaulted by two black females.

National Guardsman thwarts Red Line robbery; 3 teens arrested.  Three teens who attempted to rob a judo instructor with a replica gun at a CTA station got more than they bargained for, police say.  It wasn't the judo teacher who taught them a lesson, authorities say, but an Army National Guardsman armed with a real gun.

Also posted under guns save lives.

Cops Name Suspect In Subway Hammer Attacks.  Police have released the name of the man they believe has attacked at least three people with a hammer in New York City subway stations.  The suspect is Anthony Coward, 28, police said. He is described as a 28-year-old black man with black hair and brown eyes, standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 160 pounds.  On Wednesday, Coward allegedly attacked 32-year-old Richianand Brijanand, of Ozone Park, with a hammer and robbed him as the victim tried to buy a Metro Card at the Fulton Street and Rockaway Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Girl, 15, and teenage boys assault woman, then minutes later, rob man with tire irons in Jersey City: police.  On Thursday at around 12:25 a.m. in the area of Grant and Barrow Streets, the 15-year-old girl and two of the teenage boys approached a 29-year-old Jersey City woman walking home from a PATH station, according to a police report.  The 15-year-old girl growled at the woman several times and "then struck her with what appeared to be a sock with batteries or rocks in it," the report stated.

5 Newark men charged in NYC subway robbery.  Five Newark men are among a group accused of robbing a passenger on a New York City subway Sunday morning, according to a report on [...] Robert Rainey, 20, Tyquan Goggins, 23, Corey Barber, 18, Devonte Young, 21, and Malik Samuel, 24 are all charged with second-degree robbery.  The men fled the train after taking the New York man's wallet, the [New York] Post reported.

14-year-old arrested for deadly bus shooting.  A 14-year-old boy is in custody and faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with a shocking shooting on an MTA bus in New York City.  A 39-year-old passenger died after he was shot in the head while on a B15 bus in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, authorities said.  Police say the teen was on the bus near Lafayette Boulevard and Marcus Garvey Boulevard around 6:20 when he got into an argument with a rival.  He began firing shots on the bus.

Brutal Olympia bus attack caught on camera.  A simple route along the west side of Olympia became a ride from hell Tuesday afternoon [2/25/2014].  Surveillance video from the Intercity Transit bus shows a horrific attack on a driver after a confrontation and yelling turned into a beatdown.  The video shows a man swearing and harassing passengers, which drew the attention of the driver. [...] The driver went to the hospital.  He was treated for broken bones in his face and released Tuesday night.

Exclusive: Mob of teens attack man in downtown Cleveland.  There's evidence of more violent teens running around the heart of downtown Cleveland.  A disabled Army vet spoke out about the latest attack that happened Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.  Matthew Robinson told our Ed Gallek he was riding RTA's Healthline when six to eight teenagers surrounded him on the bus, and then started following him.  Then, he said they attacked, took his stuff, and videotaped what they were doing.  The incident went down at 6th and Euclid, and the crowd scattered when cops showed up.

Flint police believe assault on MTA bus driver part of so-called 'knockout game'.  Police say a Mass Transportation Authority bus driver was punched in the face as part of the so-called "knockout game" that's gained national attention.  The "knockout game" has been blamed for attacks in several cities and involves suspects punching strangers for no reason.

More about violent black-on-white crime.

DDOT Drivers Refuse To Work: 'They're Scared For Their Lives'.  Henry Gaffney, spokesman for the D-DOT bus drivers union AFL-CIO Local 26, [said] this was not an organized maneuver by the union.  Gaffney said it's a matter of bus drivers fearing for their safety, citing an incident that happened Thursday afternoon [11/3/2011].  "Our drivers are scared, they're scared for their lives.  This has been an ongoing situation about security.  I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit," said Gaffney.

Detroit police chief says cops will ride buses to deter violence.  Police Chief James Craig promised Monday [10/21/2013] to create a transit safety unit to ride city buses to deter crime in what bus drivers called untenable conditions that prompted many to call in sick and others to rally at City Hall.  Craig, whose father was a Detroit bus driver, said at least 10 uniformed officers from the Tactical Services Section will ride Detroit Department of Transportation buses in a few days.  Then, in November, more than 1,000 security cameras will be installed that transportation officials say will equal "eight per vehicle."  "We'll focus on the problematic routes," Craig said.

Absorbed device users oblivious to danger.  A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.  He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side.  He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose.  Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away — but none reacts. [...]"These weren't concealed movements — the gun is very clear," said District Attorney George Gascón.  "These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this.  They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot.  They're completely oblivious of their surroundings."

Student, 21, hit by train after homeless man pushed her on the tracks because 'she refused to give him money'.  The homeless man accused of shoving a student in front of a train yesterday appeared in court this morning rambling incoherently about people trying to kill him and seeing 'colors and darkness'.  Hunter College student Maya Leggat, 21, received horrific injuries after she was allegedly shoved on to the tracks at White Plains station in New York after she refused to give money to Howard J. Mickens, 39. [...] According to The Journal News, Mickens has 11 previous arrests with a criminal record dating back more than two decades.

Bus rider's face smashed in during 'hate attack'.  An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a "cracker" in Manhattan — marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said.  In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye socket, cops said.

Subway Stabbing Victim Can't Sue NYPD For Failing To Save Him.  A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelman two years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in court yesterday [7/25/2013], despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman's car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.  Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period.

Wild Brooklyn melee erupts as NYPD arrests Muslim teen for allegedly taunting Jewish subway rider.  The attempted arrest of an allegedly hate-mongering teen aboard a Brooklyn subway quickly turned into a wild showdown between cops and a roiled mob, according to sources and video obtained by the Daily News.  The melee began when suspect Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke aboard a Brooklyn-bound 3 train just before 3 p.m. Monday [4/15/2013], police sources said Wednesday.

Mother throws her baby aside so she can fight another female passenger.  When this young mother felt she was being disrespected in front of her baby by another bus passenger, she only saw there was one thing to do:  Throw said baby and beat up the other woman.  The shocking incident was caught in a two-minute cell phone video by another passenger on the bus, which was reportedly driving through Connecticut.

Top cop defends police response to downtown disturbances.  Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today that his officers responded effectively to a number of disturbances in the downtown area involving large groups of teens on Saturday night that led to nearly 30 arrests ranging from bumping into passersby on sidewalks to attacking women aboard a CTA train.  Eleven of Saturday's 28 arrests came about 6:35 p.m. when a group of teens attacked two women aboard a train at the State/Lake station in the Loop and snatched one of their purses.  The women were bruised during the attack but declined medical treatment.

Attacks on Mag Mile, CTA.  An outbreak of wildings on North Michigan Avenue and a separate attack on a CTA Red Line train culminated in the arrest of 25 juveniles and three adults on a sunny and warm Saturday that drew the usual crowds to the Magnificent Mile.  Seventeen of the arrests were made around 6 p.m. near Chicago and Michigan after a mob of young people started fighting among themselves, bumping into bystanders and blocking sidewalks and traffic.

On First Day, Democrats Propose Eight Anti-Gun Bills.  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) led the way with four bills introduced.  Her husband was shot to death in 1993 and her son was severely injured when Colin Ferguson, a mentally unstable black militant (he spent time in his apartment chanting, "all the black people killing all the white people"), shot up a Long Island commuter train.

The Editor says...
You've heard of Colin Ferguson, right?  No?  His is the kind of story that the news media like to ignore and forget.

Man pushed to death in front of NYC subway train, second time this month.  New York City police say a man has been shoved in front of a subway train and has been killed.

Video shows suspect fleeing the scene of fatal Queens subway shove.  A madwoman last night pushed a stranger onto subway tracks in Queens, where he was killed by a train, police and witnesses said.  It was the second such nightmare in less than a month.

Woman charged with murder as hate crime after shoving man in front of subway.  A Muslim-hating woman was charged with murder as a hate crime for senselessly shoving a Queens man to his death in front of the 7 train, officials said today [12/29/2012].

Police detain woman who 'pushed hardworking business owner from India to his death under NY subway train'.  Police have detained a woman Saturday suspected of pushing an Indian immigrant to his death onto the subway tracks in New York City.

Troubled Past for Suspect in Fatal Subway Push.  Long before Erika Menendez was charged with pushing a stranger to his death under an oncoming train at a Queens elevated station, she had years of contact with New York City's mental health and law enforcement establishments.  She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help.  She was also arrested at least three times, according to the police, twice after violent confrontations.

Gunman dead, 2 wounded at Texas transit station.  A man suspected of wounding a police officer and two bystanders when he opened fire from the platform of a suburban Dallas transit station was found shot to death Tuesday [2/7/2012] after exchanging gunfire with other officers who pursued him, authorities said.

In New York City alone...
Beware: 11,000 psychotics on streets.  The city streets are teeming with thousands of mentally ill homeless people capable of psychotic acts of random violence if left untreated, experts warned yesterday [12/29/2012].  As many as 11,000 of the city's 33,000 homeless adults have some form of mental illness, said D.J. Jaffe, executive director of the Mental Illness Policy Organization.

Black Mobs Take Over Washington Metro.  Members of this mob call themselves the 44th Street Crew in Southeast Washington.  For those not familiar with the different sections of Washington, that is not the lobbyist/media/functionary dinner-party part of town.  Reporters at the Fox affiliate in Washington seemed surprised at the mob violence.  But to people who ride the Metro, it was just another day.  Metro police have seen so much of it they are ready with instructions for riders who encounter it:  Resistance is futile.

Homeless crazies can't be rounded up — until they attack.  Mentally ill people have been responsible for some of the year's most horrific crimes — including murders and rapes — yet authorities are nearly powerless under current law to sweep them from the streets. [...] "The state Office of Mental Health says they can't be treated until they [show they] are a danger to themselves or others," said DJ Jaffe, a mental-illness policy analyst.  "Rather than prevent violence, the law requires it."

NYC subway train kills man pushed off platform.  A 58-year-old man died Monday [12/3/2012] after he was pushed off a subway platform in Midtown Manhattan and hit by a train pulling into the station, according to news reports.

Fiend watched his victim die: Homeless man arrested in Times Square subway murder.  A homeless drifter was arrested and charged this morning for allegedly tossing a Queens dad onto a Times Square subway track, where he was fatally crushed by a Q train, law-enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.  Naeem Davis, 30, confessed yesterday while being grilled in the grisly death of Ki Suk Han, 58, who was struck in front of horrified onlookers Monday after trying desperately to scramble back to the platform. [...] He was charged with murder in the second degree and depraved indifference.

Muslim New York Subway Killer Calm After His Murder.  Everybody is talking about the New York Post cover photo showing Ki Suk Han about to be killed by the subway train, but the real story here is yet again being ignored by the mainstream media.  The real story here is that Naeem Davis is clearly a devout Muslim, and one who displayed behavior characteristic of jihadis after he committed murder.

Subway shove monster: I couldn't stop the voices in my head.  The homeless man charged with fatally shoving a Queens father into the path of a subway train said he couldn't drown out the voices in his head.

Not even a baby can get in the way of scrap between two women.  Nothing could get in the way of these two women and their beef — not even a baby.  Straphangers watched in disbelief as two passengers viciously attacked each other on an L train recently, as a baby stroller belonging to one of them rolled out the door onto the platform.

Authorities Ignoring another Black-on-white 'Hate Crime'.  Like the three monkeys who see, hear and speak no evil, our authorities seem intent on ignoring the true nature of yet another black-on-white racial attack.  In the New York City subway this past Sunday, 29-year-old Jason Fordell was attacked by a group of black men who taunted him for being white.  Yet NYC police "are unsure" if the incident is a bias crime.  The problem started when Fordell transferred to a crowded 4 train at 42nd street, where he encountered four black men who began harassing him.

Delta Employees Attacked On MARTA Train.  Two Delta Airlines employees were attacked on a MARTA train.  MARTA police said they were investigating the incident.  A witness said he watched the violent attack unfold Sunday [4/17/2011].  "We were intimidated.  Everyone was terrified.  People were trying to run, but there was nowhere to run," the man, who requested anonymity, told [WSB]'s Erica Byfield.

Three arrested in Atlanta subway mugging.  Authorities have arrested three suspects in the assault of two Delta Air Lines employees who were mugged and beaten on Atlanta's subway earlier this month. ... The suspects include a 16-year old male whose name is not being released because of his age and two brothers, Zantavious Sanchez Scott, 20, and Jarquez Scott, 19, MARTA police said.

The Editor says...
Wow, what a coincidence.  My wife and I were going to name our son Zantavious, or perhaps Jarquez, but we settled for something more traditional at the last minute.

Transit Violence:  Violent acts, as well as the fear of violence, have a tremendous effect on transit systems.  The most immediate, and irreversible effect is the physical, emotional and financial suffering of the victims and their families.  But also detrimental to public transit are the resulting lost workdays, revenue decreases, equipment damages and negative impact on the public's decision to use mass transportation services.

Metro Has A Lesson For Unruly Students.  When the last bell rings, thousands of District schoolchildren make their way to the nearest Metro train — their school bus on rails — where many let loose a day's worth of bottled-up angst, energy and emotion.  All that the tens of thousands of other riders want, in most instances, is a quiet trip home.

Detroit's five most violent bus routes:  Death threats, beatings and even stabbings are not uncommon on at least five of the city's bus routes, fueling a mix of fear and anger among drivers and riders who are clamoring for a police presence.  Since the start of 2006, the first full year after Detroit cops stopped policing the buses, more than 50 people have been assaulted — five of them stabbed, according to drivers' reports obtained by The Detroit News.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2024 by Andrew K. Dart

Girl involved in bus attack ordered to juvenile jail.  The 15-year-old Robert Poole Middle School student whom prosecutors accused of sparking an attack on a city bus passenger in December was sentenced Wednesday to a juvenile jail until she turns 21 or the judge releases her.

Vicious Sydney bashing horrifies family.  The Canadian family of the wheelchair-bound man allegedly bashed with a metal bar in an unprovoked attack at a Sydney railway station is stunned by its brutality.  Shellan Proden, the mother of the victim, was horrified to learn that two teens had allegedly hit her 35-year-old son with metal bars before running off with his wheelchair in the 11pm assault on Tuesday [3/9/2010].

The MTA must protect subway riders.  In dismissing a lawsuit by a rape victim, Judge Kevin Kerrigan may have been technically correct in finding that transit workers did not violate procedures.  But this does not negate that flawed procedures allowed this crime to take place.

Man beheaded on Greyhound bus.  A 40-year-old man is expected to be formally charged today [8/1/2008] after allegedly repeatedly stabbing, decapitating and then trying to eat parts of a young man who was sleeping next to him as they rode in the back of a Greyhound bus together. … Witnesses said the attacker, who police believe is not from Manitoba, also waved the man's severed head around after cutting it from his body.

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Greyhound Scraps Ads After Beheading.  Greyhound has scrapped an ad campaign that extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel after one of its passengers was accused of beheading and cannibalizing another traveler.

Greyhound Kills 'Bus Rage' Campaign Following Beheading.  If you're a bus company with an ad campaign that touts the fact nobody's ever heard of "bus rage" and them some freak goes and beheads a dude on the bus, you're quite likely to pull the campaign which is exactly what Greyhound did in light of last week's bus murder.

Vince Li found not criminally responsible for beheading on Greyhound bus.  A man who believed he was following God's orders when he stabbed and beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba has been found not criminally responsible.  Justice John Scurfield said Vince Li's attack on Tim McLean last summer was "grotesque" and "barbaric" but "strongly suggestive of a mental disorder."

Years later, another update:
Infamous Greyhound Beheader to be granted escorted community strolls?  [Scroll down]  A subsequent diagnosis of schizophrenia only seemed to validate what any layman's reading of the account could deduce by inference:  the man is completely nuts.  If insanity could ever be deemed to be a sufficient excuse for murder, he has it.  With that being said, there is a reason why Li was not released back into the general public, merely ordered to visit a nearby psychiatrist and to faithfully consume his medication.  Aside from the obvious presumption that a man in such a state probably needs more than independent living aided by some light therapy, the committal protects members of the general public from having their heads cut off.  Importantly, it also protects them from the fear of having their heads cut off, which is a level of comfort to which Canadians, by and large, should be entitled.

Man who beheaded, ate fellow passenger on Greyhound bus in Canada wins bid to leave grounds of mental hospital.  The Criminal Code review board said Vince Li's treatment team may grant him short escorted trips into the central Canadian city of Selkirk, Manitoba.

Schizophrenic thought he was beheading alien.  A Chinese immigrant who beheaded and cannibalized a Canadian bus passenger in front of horrified travelers four years ago spoke out for the first time Tuesday [5/22/2012], saying he believed his victim was an alien.  Vince Weiguang Li, 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Canadian Greyhound bus on July 30, 2008.

Yet another update:
Canadian man who beheaded bus passenger granted total freedom.  A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom.  Manitoba's Criminal Code Review Board announced Friday it has given Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an absolute discharge, meaning he is longer subject to monitoring.

Canada man who beheaded bus passenger granted freedom.  A man with schizophrenia who beheaded a fellow bus passenger in Canada in 2008 has been granted freedom.  Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Weiguang Li, killed 22-year-old Tim McLean after hearing what he thought was "the voice of God".  He was deemed not criminally responsible and received mental health treatment.  A review board in Manitoba ordered his discharge — without monitoring — saying he did not pose a significant threat.

ANOTHER crazy man with a knife!
Man threatens beheading on bus.  A harrowing bus ride from Fort McMurray is over for two brothers who feared they were going to be victims of a knife-wielding man in a manner similar to a gruesome attack last month in Manitoba.

Threatened riders want their money back.  A man who took a nerve-racking bus trip where he and his brother were threatened by a man with a knife is considering taking the bus company to court.  Josh MacDougall and his brother Andrew were taken off a Greyhound bus Monday [8/18/2008] after a man allegedly threatened to cut their eyes out and behead them.  The man was also harassing other passengers.

This sounds a lot like 'bus rage' ...
Woman beaten on bus.  As Sarah Kreager, 26, tried to sit down on a Baltimore City bus Tuesday, police say, a middle-schooler told her she couldn't.  When she attempted to take another seat, a middle-schooler wouldn't let her.  Finally, according to police, Kreager just sat down.  She was "immediately attacked" by nine students — three females and six males — from Robert Poole Middle School. … The suspects in the incident are black.  The victim is white, according to the police report.

Hate crime charges rejected.  Prosecutors in Baltimore have decided not to charge the nine middle school students accused in the beating of a 26-year-old woman on a city bus with a hate crime as a judge postponed their trial yesterday until Jan. 31.

More 'bus rage' ...
Surveillance Photos Released In Bus Attack.  Maryland Transit Administration officials are investigating a second reported assault on a bus in the last week.  Meanwhile, surveillance photos have been released and the bus driver has been taken off the road.  Patrick Green and Robert Rothe told WBAL TV 11 News that they were antagonized and attacked after boarding the No. 64 bus late Monday night in south Baltimore.

The Editor says...
If the colors were reversed, these would be called hate crimes and Al Sharpton would be all over it.  But as it is, it's just another miserable day on the stinkin' city bus.

Subway attack was to amuse, police say.  The four teenagers who ambushed Sean Patrick Conroy in a subway concourse Wednesday [3/26/2008] chose their victim at random and attacked him for no other purpose than to amuse themselves, police said yesterday. … Police yesterday discounted robbery as a motive, and said the youths apparently launched the attack on a lark.

The Editor says...
If the victim had been black and the assailants had been white, the press would be having a "hate crime" field day.

Man dead after beating on Center City SEPTA platform.  A 36-year-old man died after being severely beaten by a gang of youths inside the SEPTA concourse near City Hall this afternoon, police said.  One youth was taken into custody and police were still looking for three juveniles, possibly four, who fled the scene.

Police:  Subway attack was random.  In a chilling confession in the murder of 36-year-old Sean Patrick Conroy, 16-year-old Kinta Stanton allegedly tells police that he and his friends went out randomly looking for somebody to beat up just for kicks.

Philadelphia again:
Subway Attack by Allah-shouting Assailant Caught on Tape.  Police are asking the public for help in capturing a hammer-wielding attacker, who seemed to assault his prey for no apparent reason.  On Monday night [9/8/2008], police released the video of the attack, in the hopes that someone can identify the man.

Subway attack caught on tape.  "According to the victim, the male continued to assault him and tried to throw him into the track area," said Det. Kenneth Roach of the Philadelphia Police Dept.  Taylor told Action News last week that all throughout the attack, the man kept chanting something, and he distinctly recalled the word "Allah."  Police were stunned that some 20 passengers onboard the train scattered, and did nothing to stop the attack.

Police Near Arrest In SEPTA Hammer Attack.  The attack caught on tape sent shivers down the spine of every SEPTA rider.  Philadelphia police think they know who started hitting an unsuspecting subway passenger with a hammer last week.

Serial Subway Groper Arrested Once Again.  About two weeks after he was released from prison, Freddie Johnson boarded a crowded subway train in Manhattan and illegally rubbed up against a woman, authorities said.  It is a fairly common crime on subways in New York.  But this was no common criminal.  Johnson has been arrested a staggering 53 times — the majority for groping women on the subway, police and prosecutors said.

Women-only subway cars in 2008.  The subway corporations serving South Korea's capital will introduce women-only cars next year to make rides more comfortable and free of groping male hands, a subway official said on Wednesday [10/30/2007].  "Sexual crimes happen frequently when the cars are packed and people are pressed against each other," the subway official said.

The Editor says...
When that takes effect, pity the female who — for whatever reason — rides the non-segregated train.

Mexico City Rolls Out Women-Only Buses.  Groping and verbal harassment is an exasperating reality for women using public transportation in this sprawling capital, where 22 million passengers cram onto subways and buses each day.  Some men treat women so badly that the subway system has long had ladies-only cars during rush hour, with police segregating the sexes on the platforms.

The Editor says...
Does this have any relevance to American mass transit?  Unfortunately, yes.  Experience has shown that Mexicans bring various aspects of their culture with them when they come to the U.S.

Seized on a bus:  a baseball bat, six knives and two screwdrivers.  A double-decker bus was commandeered by police to prevent a planned gang fight that would almost certainly have resulted in death, Scotland Yard said yesterday [5/19/2008].  Officers in Deptford, South London, arrested 24 teenagers aged between 14 and 18 and seized six knives, a claw hammer, a metal bar, a mallet, two wrench handles, a metal baseball bat, two screwdrivers, a corkscrew and a golf club.

Saw Maniac in Subway Horror.  "I screamed for help, 'Please help, please help me,'" Steinberg said.  "The Transit Authority people heard me — they just looked.  They never stopped to help me, and that disturbs me more than anything else.  I begged for someone to call an ambulance and get this guy off me.  "He just kept on stabbing me, and stabbing me and stabbing me, and the transit employees kept on working and working and working."

Man Pleads Guilty In Power Saw Attack.  A man who sliced into a postal worker's chest with a power saw inside a subway station while other people fled for their lives pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree assault.  Tareyton Williams, 34, had been charged with attempted murder and faced up to 25 years in prison for the attack on Michael Steinberg last summer.  He pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of 18 years in prison.

Train Defecator Hunted.  Police are searching for a man who has been defecating on trains across the country, causing around £60,000-worth of damage.  The offender has struck on at least 30 trains since August, mainly in the South East, smearing excrement inside the carriages.

Driver to face punishment for kicking kissing girls off bus.  A transit agency chief apologized Wednesday to two lesbian teenagers who were kicked off a bus when a passenger complained about them kissing.  "Removing the girls from the bus was not consistent with our policy," said TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen.  "I want to reiterate that we welcome all riders on our system."

Tired of being harassed on the CTA, women fight back.  [Lillian] Matanmi is a member of the Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team, a group of teen and college-age women who have fought street harassment in their neighborhood, distributing thousands of posters to businesses and homes to encourage people to shoo away congregating men so girls and women can walk in peace.  They successfully pushed for better street lighting in the Far North Side neighborhood.  Now, the group has turned its attention to the "hey-babying" and other lewd language they hear on the CTA.

The Bernard Goetz case:  From 1984-1987, [Manhattan District Attorney Robert] Morgenthau pursued a vindictive prosecution against Bernard Goetz.  Goetz ... at Christmastime, 1984, had defended himself against four 18- and 19-year-old black men attempting to rob him at midday in a subway car.  Goetz, who had previously been mugged three times, and been brutally beaten the last time, shot each of the would-be robbers once.  While seeking to put Goetz away for 30 years for attempted murder and illegal gun possession, Morgenthau treated the would-be muggers, all hardened thugs who had criminal records and were wanted on outstanding warrants, as if they were crime victims.

Subway riders sealed in murder car.  Nearly 30 petrified passengers were trapped on a Midtown hell train yesterday with a knife-wielding madman and the blood-soaked body of a straphanger he just stabbed to death in a senseless argument over a seat.  The Bronx-bound D train came to a screeching halt at around 2 a.m. in the tunnel between the Rockefeller Center and Seventh Avenue stations when a rider yanked the emergency cord after watching the carnage unfold.

The Editor says...
How could that happen?  Why are there so many psycho killers running around loose?  Keep reading.

The Killers Within.  A time bomb began ticking in the mid-1970s, when the psychiatric and mental health professions went politically correct and identified the mentally ill as "victims" who required advocates.  While patients in general do need assistance, the activists turned caring into political action that changed the American cityscape and endangered our well-being. Announcing in the mid-1970s that confining mental patients violated their civil rights, a cadre set to work to release as many patients as they could, resulting in the huge homeless phenomenon of the 1980s that remains with us now.  Suddenly the streets of major cities and small towns hosted a permanent population of vagrants who harassed passersby and businesses.

That's right — many homeless people are insane and should be locked up.

Brawl on the Metro: Where was the coverage?  The fracas occurred near midnight on Aug. 6, and authorities said it involved as many as 70 people.  It started at the Gallery Place Station and continued to the L'Enfant Plaza Station.  There were arrests, and several people landed in the hospital.  On deadline, The [Washington] Post gathered enough information for a news brief in Saturday's paper, and a short story was quickly posted online.  Throughout Saturday, it was among the most-viewed stories on the Web site, signaling intense reader interest.  But as the day wore on, some readers grew frustrated that there was nothing more.

Police:  10-year-old gunshot victim shot himself during robbery.  The 10-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound in the arm Tuesday night [8/17/2010] aboard a Metro Transit bus in Seattle accidentally shot himself during a robbery, police said.  The boy, who is being treated at Harborview Medical Center, will likely face charges of robbery and a weapons violation when he is released from the hospital, police said.

Woman fatally knifes thug in subway attack, then flees on F train.  Several thugs tried to drag a woman off a Queens subway train Thursday night, but she fought back and fatally stabbed one of her tormenters before fleeing on another train, police said.  The large group of men — perhaps as many as eight — surrounded the woman outside a chicken restaurant above the 21st St.-Queensbridge station about 9 p.m., police and a witness said.

Subway slay rap for teen.  The 16-year-old girl who fatally stabbed a man after he harassed her at a Queens subway station turned herself in yesterday [12/29/2009] and has been charged with manslaughter.  But a lawyer for Cyan Brown said she is confident in her claim of self-defense in the knifing death of Thomas Winston, 29, last week.

The Editor says...
Here's the lesson to be learned from this incident:  If you get mugged in the New York subway and you fight back, you — not your multiple attackers — will be charged with a felony.

Warning:  This video is replete with expletives and offensive language,
such as you might expect to hear in the back of a city bus.
You Tube video of AC Transit bus fight in Oakland.

Man blows his nose, ends up in jail.  The man arrested at the Ashby MARTA station Monday night remains in jail, waiting for a probation hearing.  Alfred Murphy captured the attention of a MARTA police officer when he started blowing his nose — using paper towels from a MARTA maintenance cart.  By the end of the night he was arrested on charges of hitting that police officer and another one.

Beating Caught On Tape On New York City Subway Train.  It's not even summer yet things are already heating up underground.  A fight between passengers on a New York City subway train was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday [6/12/2011].  It is yet another example of the bizarre world that's beneath our feet.

Mobs Attack on City Buses: Police.  In two separate incidents, as many as 15 teens have stormed Chicago Transit Authority buses, attacked their victims and darted off with cell phones and other electronic devices, authorities said Tuesday [6/7/2011].  Both incidents were near the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, prompting city and campus authorities to issue community alerts.

Bullets fly on crowded Queens subway train as two gangs brawl.  Shots rang out on a crowded Queens subway train Thursday [6/9/2011], forcing riders to duck and run as two gangs brawled.  Riders panicked when three shots erupted from the last cars of a Manhattan-bound A train at the Howard Beach station about 6:30 p.m.

WCBS-TV seems very sympathetic with this gang of teenage armed robbers.
Brazen Teenage Gang Robbing Straphangers During Rush Hour.  Police are searching for teenage thugs targeting subway riders.  There have been at least three armed attacks recently.  CBS 2's Dave Carlin has seen pictures of the suspects and knows what they're after.  A team of baby-faced bandits, young enough to still be in high school, is making life quite stressful in Gotham's underworld.

Shooting On Q111 Bus Another Sign Congress Must Do More To End Gun Violence.  This is how Christmas in New York really began on Friday [12/2/2011], less than two days after the famous tree is lit at Rockefeller Center.  This was a New York that had nothing to do with the tree lights and magic and romance of December and everything to do with a guy with a Ruger P85 on the Q111 bus in Queens.

MBTA: Have you seen this spitter?  The MBTA has released surveillance video of two teens who allegedly spit at and threatened a bus driver last week in hopes of bringing them to justice.  The incident took place around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday [4/18/2012] after a suspect believed to be in his late teens refused to pay when he boarded a Route 28 bus at Ruggles Station, putting only a quarter in the fare machine when told by the 51-year-old driver to either pay up or get off the bus, according to the MBTA.

Drunken gang of girls in subway stab attack: cops.  A wolf pack of drunken young women "acting stupid" on a downtown No. 6 train in Manhattan stabbed a 63-year-old man early today [7/30/2012] — for having had the nerve to ask them to pipe down, police said.  The man was on his way to work at about 6:15 a.m. when he was attacked as the train entered the East 23rd Street station, a law-enforcement source told The [New York] Post.

NJ Transit train crew members hurt in melee following Colombian fest.  Three NJ Transit crew members were sent to the hospital after they tried to break up a melee on a train filled with passengers returning from a Colombian Independence Day festival, officials said today.  The fight, which broke out while the train was entering the Perth Amboy Station on Sunday night [7/21/2013], led to seven arrests and a citation, officials said.  An NJ Transit engineer and two conductors were punched in the face and body.

Chicago Thugs Celebrate Obama's New Gun Laws By Shooting Woman on Bus.  The report says police are looking for three men.  No descriptions of the suspects, of course.  We doubt they are law-abiding gun owners or members of the NRA.

Bible stops two bullets to save life of Ohio bus driver, police say.  A Bible saved the life of a Ohio bus driver after the man was shot twice in the chest early Monday [2/24/2014], police said.  Rickey Waggoner, a Dayton RTA bus driver, was making a mechanical fix outside his bus when three assailants approached him and shot him in what appears to have been a gang initiation, the Dayton Daily News reported.

RTA bus driver: Attack on me a 'gang initiation'.  An RTA bus driver survived being shot and stabbed in a seemingly random attack Monday he told police occurred during what he believes was some kind of gang initiation.  Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, was standing outside his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue when three males assaulted him.  He described his attackers as black teenagers who were wearing dark colored hoodies.  All three wore dark blue bandannas to obscure their faces.


Will New York City Die of Stupidity?  [Scroll down]  Crime drives this decline.  In January of 2024 felony crime was up 47% compared to the previous year, grand larcenies also increased and there were older women randomly pushed off platforms into the tracks and incoming trains.  Uncounted is the rational fear of crime — crazy-looking men sleeping on benches, the deranged wandering the platforms loudly talking to themselves and aggressive, disheveled panhandlers strolling car-to-car[.]  The one offense that goes directly to the city's potential insolvency is fare evasion, at theft of Services, a violation of New York Penal Section 165.15, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail though nobody ever serves jail time.  It is estimated that the city has recently lost some $700 million thanks to people refusing to pay — 46% of bus riders and 13% of subway riders and these fare evaders disproportionately commit crimes and otherwise deter riders.  While police have recently cracked down on these crimes, it remains rampant and, critically, enforcement effort is often dilatory as many police officers just stand around talking or reading their cell phones.  Tellingly, the police ignore the scary people whose presence may also lower ridership.

MUSLIMS in NYC subway car demand that "all Zionists get off the train" or else.  On the packed subway Monday, one man told a group of masked and keffiyeh-clad protesters, "Repeat after me" — then said: "Raise your hand if you're a Zionist."  The other protesters dutifully echoed him.  Then he said, "This is your chance to get out."  "Okay, no Zionists, we're good," he said as others cheered.  [Video clip]  Later, the mob of masked protesters lit flares and waved flags associated with Hezbollah and Hamas in front of the Nova Music Festival Exhibition on Wall Street during an organized "citywide day of rage for Gaza."

The Editor says...
Isn't it odd that a "religion of peace" would organize a "citywide day of rage?"

Two Females [Get] Arrested For Jumping Turnstiles In Oakland.  Some on social media are accusing the cops of being too aggressive on these two foul-mouthed women for jumping turnstiles when there are far worse crimes in Oakland.  [Video clip]

Riding The NYC Subway.  [Video clip]

It took 6 cops and 15 minutes to arrest a single fare-dodger:  NYPD reveals difficulty of MTA's turnstile-jumping crisis.  It took 6 undercover cops 15 minutes to restrain a single fare-dodger at New York's busiest station — a scene that illustrates just how difficult it is to tackle the MTA's crisis.  The [New York] Post watched at the Times Square station as the man refused to provide ID and yelled, "Bruh!  Bruh!  You can't do this to me, no!" in front of commuters — then dropped to his feet, forcing cops to cuff him and finally drag him to the precinct as he continued shouting.  The suspect turned out to have a bench warrant for criminal possession of stolen property and behaved so erratically that cops sent him to Bellevue Hospital for observation.

Surging farebeating is a sign of bad things to come:  Reverse the soft-on-crime trend now.  New MTA reporting shows farebeating on buses and subways is still rising — a clear warning that broader public disorder is ahead.  Just what New York needs when Mayor Adams is looking to shrink the NYPD.  Reminder:  A crackdown on farebeating was the first major step in the city's historic gains against crime starting back in the 1990s.  Bill Bratton, then chief of the MTA police, directed that effort in order to make the subways safer:  If you commit a casual crime to enter the system, he realized, you become more likely to commit worse crimes while you're there.  Or to have already committed them:  Running the rap sheets of arrested farebeaters turned out to ID lots of perps that police already wanted on more serious charges.  Oh, and the farebeating arrests also caught a lot of illegal-gun-toters.

Drunk Bimbo Yells At German Tourists On A NYC Train.  A woman, who appeared drunk, was caught hurling xenophobic comments at a group of German tourists on a New York train.  In shocking footage, taken by another passenger and posted to social media this week, the 'Karen' is seen towering over a group of tourists as they chat amongst themselves in their seats.  'Are you German?' the blonde woman asks before aggressively adding, 'what did you say, tell me what you said.'  [Video clip]

Vandals vs NYC Transit: 97 windows smashed in a single day.  Early Tuesday morning vandals in New York went on a spree of destruction that lasted a full day, smashing 97 windows on MTA trains.  The damage was so bad that five subway lines were impacted and one wasn't able to fully return to service until Wednesday evening. [...] Repair crews rushed to replace the damaged windows but they didn't have enough spares and had to start taking windows out of trains which were out of service.

A Group Of Black Teens Harass An Asian Family On The NYC Subway.  A group of black teens were video recorded harassing an Asian family on the F train.  One of the three seemed to be annoyed at her other 2 friends, walking away and rolling her eyes.  By the end of the video, as usual, things get physical.  [Video clip]

Washington Metro installs new gates to limit fare evasion.  As Beege pointed out last week, the NYC subway system is struggling with a big budget deficit thanks to lower ridership but also thanks to frequent fare evasion which cost the system nearly $700 million last year alone.  Another city having problems with the subway system is Washington, DC.  As crime increased on the Metro system, DC announced a return to fare evasion citations, a problem which had risen during the pandemic.  This was a big change of course for DC which had decriminalized fare evasion just a few years ago making it a civil offense which can only be dealt with through fines.

Racist Black Woman Thinks She Owns the Bus Stop.  A recent incident at a bus stop has brought attention to the ongoing issue of racial tensions in public spaces.  In a troubling encounter, a woman of African descent targeted a white woman, subjecting her to verbal harassment for an extended period of time.  The incident, which lasted approximately three minutes, unfolded as both women awaited the arrival of the bus.  While the exact cause of the confrontation remains unclear, witnesses reported that the African American woman claimed ownership of the bus stop, leading to a heated exchange with the white woman.  [Video clip]

Where Is Daniel Penny When You Need Him?  [Video clip only.]

Woman Refuses To Let Anyone Sit Next To Her On NYC Subway.  Welcome to the rotten apple where people being rude to you is the best thing that can happen to you while rising mass transit.  [Video clip]

Ratchets Gone Wild In NYC.  [Video clip only.]

Another Reason to Never Ride Public Transportation.  Enjoy your ride to work.  [Language warning, of course.]  [Video clip]

Man Asks Woman To Get Her Feet Off His Seat On The Train, The Black Woman Calls Him A White Idiot.  Man doesn't want this woman putting her feet up on his seat.  She begins to insult him and record him, calling him a 'white idiot.'  [Video clip]

Race Relations Reach A New Low Inside The New York Subway.  New York City right now after all the BLM riots and WOKE infestation.  [Video clip]

Here's What's Happening on the NYC Subway.  Just another loud and crazy passenger on the train.  [Video clip]

"Fare-beaters" on the NYC subway system arrested, found in possession of handguns.  According to a report from the New York Post, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers have been busy busting subway "fare-beaters" in an effort to keep people safe during the holiday season.  [Tweet]  Police said that within one week, four subway fare beaters were arrested and guns were recovered from each of them, including an ex-convict who was packing two loaded pistols.  On Tuesday, December 6th, 28-year-old Damien Trinidad, who had been out of state prison for only four months, was arrested after getting into a scuffle with transit cops at the Broadway and East New York subway station in Brooklyn.

Reason #2735 Not To EVER Take Public Transit.  Home-girl took way too much meth and now she's doing her best Animal Planet audition on the public bus while this lady and her mom enjoy the show.... or not.  [Video clip]

Reason #3891 To Never Ride The Los Angeles Metro.  A grown man goes into full meltdown mode in the Los Angeles #metro as he gets into a dispute with another passenger.  [Video clip]

Reason #2834 For Never Riding the NYC Bus.  This obnoxious [person] decided to light up on the New York City bus line and the passengers were not happy.  It is of course illegal to smoke on any public transit in NYC but [he or she didn't care].  [Video clip, language warning — in both the synopsis and the audio!]

Just A Crackhead Having The Time Of His Life On The NYC Subway.  As New York City decriminalizes just about every crime, this homeless crackhead lights up on the subway after a long day of smelling rotten and making people who voted Democrat feel very uncomfortable.  [Video clip]

Turnstile Jumping, in Brief.  For Americans who rarely if ever take public transit, here's a brief primer.  Large metropolitan transit systems set fares for riding their buses, street cars, and trains.  In D.C., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) — jointly operated by the District, Maryland, and Virginia — has kiosks in subway ("Metro") stations selling plastic "SmarTrip" cards that hold a cash balance, which riders can use to pay per trip on the Metro and bus lines.  The price of the trip varies by distance and time of day (rush-hour fares are more expensive).  New York's "Metropolitan Transportation Authority" (MTA) has a similar "MetroCard" system for its subways.  Unlike WMATA, where the fare can vary depending upon the length of the trip and the time of day, every trip is $2.75 (there are lower fees for certain groups).  A contactless "OMNY" system for bank cards and cell phones is also now available for such payment.  In both the WMATA and MTA systems, there are two turnstiles:  one to enter and one to exit.  Because D.C. Metro rides aren't fixed fee, you must tap your SmartTrip card at the beginning (to start the ride) and the end (when you pay).  In the NYC MTA system, you pay at the beginning and can simply exit through a one-way turnstile (which prevents entry) at the end.  "Turnstile jumping" is what it sounds like:  Jumping over the payment turnstile to avoid having to pay.  There's no ticket to show any police during the ride, so if you don't get caught doing the jump, you're home free.

Want to save Metro?  Dare to re-criminalize fare beating.  The Washington, D.C., Metro system has a problem, and its new general manager is on it.  To much praise, including from the Washington Post, Randy Clarke rolled out the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's plan to deal with mass-scale turnstile-jumping.  You see, in Maryland and Virginia, fare evasion remains a criminal offense.  But Washington, D.C., decriminalized it in 2018.  In practice, this means that turnstile jumping is accepted and permitted in most of the transit system.  On buses, it might actually be more uncommon for people to pay fares, at least in many Washington neighborhoods.  Either way, if you refuse to pay, bus drivers have been instructed to let it slide after a number of them were beaten after asking riders to pay their fare.  This is not a victimless crime — er, civil offense.  As a consequence of fare evasion, Metro just lost $40 million in the fiscal year that just concluded Sept. 30.

Fare evasion in D.C. is rising.  The financial and service challenges Metro is facing amid a shift to telework and a nearly year-long train shortage are pushing the agency to seek assistance from regional leaders.  At the same time, a rise in fare evasion could stand between Metro and that help, a problem that has proliferated during the pandemic as the cash-strapped system looks for paying customers to bridge a yawning budget gap.  Metro General Manager Randy Clarke has said he will release a plan in the coming days to address the rise in nonpaying riders.  Fare evasion, he said, ultimately hurts lower-income people most.  When people don't pay, he said, it robs the transit system of revenue, which could spiral into service cuts.

NYC Now Looks Like Third World Countries As Youths Train Surf For Free Rides.  New Yorkers call it "subway surfing": a stunt riders have attempted and died from since the transit system's earliest days, but which has returned as a disturbing trend over the last year among young men and teenage boys who often post the clips online.  According to statistics provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, there have already been 627 incidents of people riding outside of trains between January and July this year — up from 96 incidents during the same period last year.  In 2016, a 25-year-old Instagram star was killed while trying to subway surf in Brooklyn, while apparently intoxicated.  A Bronx subway surfer in his 30s was killed in 2017 after falling off and getting run over.  [Video clip]

MTA, NYPD struggle to rein in rising fare evasion on NYC buses and subways — 'There's no enforcement'.  At the Bowling Green subway station recently, a pair of well-dressed men leaving work in the Financial District showed little regard for the finances of the MTA.  The duo jumped the turnstiles in unison before heading to the uptown platform.  A trio of more casually dressed younger riders soon followed them.  One of those riders jumped a turnstile and opened an emergency gate to let the other two riders in.

The Editor says...
The city can't prosecute turnstile jumpers because if they do, within a few weeks the newspapers will start to claim that the enforcement disproportionally affects black passengers.  At that point, it won't matter if 100 percent of the fare evasion is perpetrated by blacks.

Teen Sets off Fireworks on a Public Metro Bus to Stop Two Other People from Fighting.  There are ways to do things and ways not to do things, this is how not to stop two people from fighting.  The teens all escaped without arrest but are currently being sought after by police.  [Video clip]

Guess what adjective is missing from this headline:
Woman hurls anti-Asian insults at man on NYC train: cops.  A hateful attacker hurled anti-Asian statements at a man on a Brooklyn train before biting and scratching him, authorities said.  The victim, a 65-year-old man, was riding a southbound A train running on the F line near York Street around 5:20 p.m. Sunday when a woman began to curse and use anti-Asian language, cops said.  Then she bit the man on the back and scratched his arms, authorities said.  The victim was taken to Interfaith Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

To get riders back — indeed, to survive — the MTA must curb fare evasion.  With ridership at about 60% of pre-COVID normal, the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority has huge problems getting people back on trains right now and faces huge budget deficits in the future.  There's a place where these two problems crash into each other:  fare evasion.  The MTA is creating an expert commission to advise on how to get people to pay up before it's too late.  MTA chief Janno Lieber laid out the facts this week:  "Law-abiding New Yorkers ... observe too many of their neighbors slip through an open emergency gate, duck a turnstile or walk onto an MTA bus without paying."  More than 12% of subway "customers" are evading the fare, up from 3% in 2018.  On buses, a third of passengers are free-riding.  We all pay the financial cost of fare evasion, in either higher fares or taxes:  The MTA will lose half a billion dollars this year to stolen fares.

The Editor says...
Here's a small detail that nobody wants to mention:  From where I'm sitting, it appears that practically all of the turnstile-jumping "fare evaders" are black.

Hate Hoax Exposed on Camera, Black Man Caught Drawing a Swastika in a NY Subway.  Another day, another black person caught trying to stage a hate hoax to turn people against 'Nazis'.  Turns out, it's a black man behind this one.  So many hate hoaxes in the last decade have been exposed as a hate hoax that there are entire websites dedicated to exposing them.  [Video clip]

Nearly one-third of NYC bus riders aren't paying the fare.  Nearly 30 percent of NYC bus riders aren't paying their fare — costing the transit authority $56 million in the last three months of 2021 alone, according to the MTA's latest fare evasion survey.  Transit number-crunchers estimated some 29.3 percent of riders on local bus routes did not pay the fare in the final three months of 2021 — up from 25.2 percent in the three months before that, the report showed.  The troubling spike brings the reported local bus fare evasion to the highest it's been in at least a decade, according to a source familiar with the agency's survey methodology.  "The high rate is mostly being driven by [an approximately] 50 percent non-payment rate in the Bronx, and a jump in non-payment on Staten Island," the source said.

Young Punk Tries to Pick a Fight with a Woman on a Train, BIG Mistake!  This young punk was actually about to punch a woman on a train because she told him to stop acting like a punk.  He shoved her and then she handled him in the best way possible in a packed train car... pepper sprayed [him]!  He quickly turned around and started crying about it hurting.  [Video clip]

Man who drew Union Station swastikas is twice-deported criminal.  A man arrested last week for vandalizing Washington's Union Station with swastika symbols is a Mexican citizen with a 15-year criminal history who has been deported twice but still does not meet Biden administration standards for arrest or removal.  Geraldo Pando, 34, was arrested on Jan. 28 and charged with the display of certain emblems and defacing private/public property for drawing the Nazi symbol on the exterior walls of the train station, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.  The incident happened one day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day and is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Leftist Narratives Crumble After Union Station Swastika Culprit Is Identified.  The rush to blame every instance of hate on the right is hardly a new phenomenon.  Things are so absurd that we've even seen the rise in black-on-Asian hate crimes attributed to Donald Trump saying "China virus."  You know, because minority groups in New York City and San Francisco are renowned for taking their political cues from Trump.  Still, despite more noose hoaxes than one can count, the left can always be counted on to jump to conclusions, and those conclusions usually involve pointing the finger at MAGA.  That happened again recently after commuters noticed a series of hand-drawn swastikas on the outside of Union Station in Washington, DC.  Clearly, this had to be the work of hateful, white supremacist Trump supporters.

Crazed Man Tries To Jump Out Of Speeding Bus Window In NYC.  A crazed man, possibly high on drugs, tried to jump out of an emergency window of a speeding bus in New York City.  Passengers scrambled to hold the man from falling as he struggled to get released from their grips.  The distraught man even tried to bite one of the passengers hanging onto his wrist.  As the bus comes to a halt, the crazed man tries to spit at one of the good samaritans, at which point the rider pushed him through the window and demands he gets out, pushing his bags through.  [Video clip]

Grown Man In Diapers And A Pacifier Sits On Woman's Lap And Cries Like Baby In NYC Subway.  In DeBlasio's New York City, when you are not getting mugged, shot, or pushed in front of a train, this is the madness you deal with just trying to get to and from work each day.  A grown man in a diaper was filmed sitting on a woman's lap as he sucked his pacifier.  [Video clip]

We Are Living in the Ruins of Our Civilization.  Another down staircase brings me to the subway platform.  Naturally, the seats in the waiting area are occupied by more bums, one with a shopping cart full of bags and rags.  Toward the far end of the platform I see the same young thug who'd jumped the turnstile now urinating against a supporting column.  He is helping me illustrate the appeal of broken windows policing:  the same people who are willing to break the law to sneak into the system without paying are likely to wreak havoc once they are inside.  This is not anything a good, hard Singapore-style caning wouldn't fix, but we in our first-world society are apparently too evolved and high-minded for that; we are, in fact, apparently too evolved and high-minded to do anything at all to fix the problem.  So the citizens of Singapore get to enjoy near-perfect, First World public order while the citizens of our cities have to endure Third World turmoil and disorder.  We have to suffer the stench of urine on our subway platforms, shameless litterers leaving accumulations of trash in our public spaces and the ever-present threat of crime, both petty and violent, in our streets and our public transit.

De Blasio's NYC- Man's Ride On The L Train Was Way More Than He Bargained For.  Just imagine coming home from work, catching your train, and finding this debauchery.  Now imagine you and your kids coming home from a day out.  [Video clip NSFW]

San Francisco To Hire Social Workers Instead Of Cops To Handle Homelessness, Drug Addiction, And Mental Illness On Public Transit.  San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system has six vacancies for police officers but plans instead to fill those positions with social workers to handle issues involving the homeless and those with mental illness or drug addiction.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the public transit system has $2 million in its budget to fill the vacancies (for an average salary and benefits package worth about $333,000) but will instead hire a supervisor and "20 crisis intervention specialists," the outlet reported.  Last year, the board approved a plan that only added 10 specialists to BART's bureau of progressive policing.

Go to New York they said... Public Transit is Perfectly Fine they said.  You see some crazy things on trains in New York, take a look at this guy.  [Video clip]

NYC subway operator confronted by 'defecating' straphanger on 2 train.  A veteran subway operator said she witnessed a homeless man openly "defecating" on a No. 2 train Monday — a sign the homeless have "taken over" the subway system during the coronavirus pandemic.  Angelina Malave, 46, who missed a month of work after catching the virus, said the sight of the man — kicked back on a subway bench with his legs raised in the air over his head so his full rear end was in view — was "one of the worst things I've seen in my 18 years as a train operator."  "He was definitely defecating.  I was shaken and upset," she said.  Malave said she snapped a photo of the distressing scene, which later circulated on Twitter and on worker Facebook groups, at the Flatbush Avenue 2 train terminal around 10 a.m.

Riding The Subway is Stressful Enough In The Age Of COVID Without People Like This.  [Video clip]

Serial Manhattan subway scammer jailed after 142nd arrest.  A serial subway scammer who allegedly tricks tourists into buying worthless MetroCards was sent to jail Thursday [2/27/2020] — after his 142nd career arrest.  Charles Barry had enjoyed a revolving turnstile of justice for most of 2020, thanks to new bail reform laws that mandate zero bail for most non-violent offenses.  He was arrested six times this year alone for allegedly stealing — or trying to steal — the cash of Manhattan straphangers, and once, on Feb. 4, actually taking cash from the hand of an elderly woman in a wheelchair.

This vagrant is why homeless-outreach workers are fleeing Penn Station.  The vagrant whose alleged threats got a homeless outreach nonprofit to flee the transit hub in fear last weekend was holding court — and spewing hate at cops — there Thursday [2/20/2020].  Eugene Watts was spotted sipping a brown-bag beer in the station one day after The Post reported that embattled nonprofit Bowery Residents Committee up and abandoned its satellite office there because he allegedly threatened to shoot workers.  Watts, who claims to be a former boxer, remained defiant Thursday.  "Mr. Eugene Watts, you have five minutes to leave," one of two passing Amtrak cops on patrol at the busy transit hub was heard telling Watts on Thursday.  "There is a warrant out for your arrest."

NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release: 'Bail reform, it's lit!'  A New York City man who's now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state's new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.  Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year.  He's been released each time without having to post bail under New York's new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported.

NYC subway 'demonstrations' aren't protests, they're vandalism.  We feel for the MTA workers who had to clean up after Friday's actions by the group "Decolonize This Place," which included gluing or otherwise breaking turnstile card-readers and spraying graffiti on buses, subway cars and station walls.  This isn't protest — it's vandalism, at the public's expense.  And the efforts to block subway entrances and otherwise disrupt service aren't much better.

Anti-cop demonstrators storm Grand Central Terminal during rush hour.  Masked anti-cop protesters flooded Grand Central Terminal at the start of rush hour Friday in an attempt to shut down the commuter hub — but the whole thing soon fizzled out.  There were at least 12 arrests by MTA police following a skirmish between cops and demonstrators, who refused to remove their masks despite repeated orders from police.  Further arrests were expected as protesters headed out of Grand Central and into Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, police sources said.

Antifa plans massive anti-cop action in NY subways, push for free transit, ending police presence.  Police in New York are increasing their presence in subways Friday after members of the far-left Antifa movement called for a mass protest against law enforcement and transit fares.  The Police Benevolent Association of New York City issued a strong warning ahead of Friday's Antifa demonstration, urging New Yorkers to "pay close attention."  "This is [the] true endgame of the anti-police movement, an end of all policing & destruction of public order," the group said in a tweet.  "Our members have spent their careers — and in some cases given their lives — to bring public safety back to NYC.  We can't go backwards."

Subway rider makes anti-Semitic comments to woman in Brooklyn.  A hateful straphanger rattled off anti-Semitic remarks to a woman in Brooklyn as she threatened to throw her onto the subway tracks, police said this week, amid a disturbing uptick in violence against Jews.  The 41-year-old victim was waiting for a Manhattan-bound 4 train at Utica Avenue in Crown Heights on Dec. 2 at around 6:30 a.m. when the racist stranger began screaming at her, cops said.  "You f-king Jew with the wig ... I'm going to throw you on the track," the fiend declared before following the victim onto the train where the vile rant continued, according to a police source.

Israeli student is subjected to sickening, foul-mouthed anti-Semitic tirade on New York subway.  An Israeli Jewish student has been subjected to harrowing anti-Semitic abuse on the New York subway, being called a 'f***ing stinkin' a** Jew'.  Lihi Aharon was riding the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn when a fellow passenger launched the sickening anti-Semitic tirade.  'Allahu akbar,' she shouted at Aharon, 'It's in the Quran, where they curse the serpent Jew, you wouldn't believe. [...]'

Thief swipes boy's Nintendo in Bronx subway station: cops.  A man swiped a 10-year-old boy's Nintendo in a Bronx subway station, police said Wednesday [11/27/2019].  The boy was walking up a staircase in the Hunts Point Avenue subway station at about 7:30 a.m.  Nov. 20 when he felt someone tugging on the right side of his backpack, authorities said.  When the boy turned around, an unidentified man was pocketing his Nintendo DS.

Anti-cop protesters in Brooklyn blast fare evasion crackdown.  Close to a thousand anti-police protesters descended on Downtown Brooklyn Friday night, blocking traffic, vandalizing a city bus and shouting obscene insults at NYPD cops.  The demonstration formed soon after 7 p.m. on the streets near the Barclays Center, with protesters unfurling large banners that read "F*** the police" and "Don't let these pigs touch us."  The crowd began dispersing by 9 p.m.  The demonstration was in response to a planned crackdown on fare evasion by the NYPD — and two controversial police actions in Brooklyn subway stations in recent weeks.

Man Accused Of Placing Fake Subway Rice Cooker Bombs Held On $200,000 Bail.  The West Virginia man who allegedly intentionally created a bomb scare on the NYC subway - one of the busiest, and poorest functioning mass transit hubs in the country - will be held on $200,000 bond following his arrest and Sunday [8/18/2019] arraignment, the NY Post reports.

Man, 26, who placed two rice cookers in NYC subway station has a warrant out for his arrest in West Virginia.  The 'person of interest' being investigated by police for causing a bomb scare in New York City on Friday by leaving two rice cookers in a Manhattan subway station — and possibly a third by a trash can — has been identified by  Larry Kenton Griffin II, 26, of Bruno, West Virginia is the man captured on surveillance footage pushing a shopping cart containing a number of rice cookers inside Fulton Street Station.

San Francisco is beating farebeating with tactics NYC abandoned.  Three months ago, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system that serves San Francisco and surrounding counties launched a "blitz" to deter morning rush-hour fare evasion at four stations.  The results were startling:  Proof-of-payment citations rose 13 percent, new ticket sales rose 10 percent, add-value transactions to existing tickets rose 29 percent and, most significantly, average weekly calls to police dropped 45 percent.  This rapid turnaround came about simply, after authorities staffed stations with extra police officers, fare inspectors and BART managers wearing bright yellow vests so that anyone trying to jump a fare gate or use a bypass door had his way blocked.

Thief With Scissors Cuts Open Sleeping Victim's Pocket On Subway.  Police said the incident happened on a northbound L train that the victim took from Manhattan last Wednesday [6/19/2019].  A man wearing a blue hat is seen using the shears to cut into a rider's pants and remove his cellphone and wallet.  Police said it happened just after 2 a.m.  The 28-year-old victim got on at a 14th Street stop, but then fell asleep on the train.  The NYPD said the incident happened as the train approached Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

One Bad Apple.  Many New Yorkers have cut themselves loose from the ties that bind them to the customs of their parents and the people around them.  Others have become trolling sociopaths whose frustrations one can see on their faces and in their body language.  The latest manifestation of this malaise is men — either Hispanic or African-American — openly masturbating in crowded subway trains.  Thirty-nine of these onanists have been identified, photographed, and publicly shamed but only two arrested and then immediately freed.

Brooklyn cops bust pistol-packing subway fare-beater.  Eight months after authorities announced they would stop making turnstile arrests in the city's subways to free up cops for more serious crimes, two Brooklyn officers took down a fleeing fare-beater — and it turns out he was packing a pistol, police said Tuesday [2/26/2019].  The NYPD — which downgraded the quality-of-life offense in August amid heat from civil rights groups griping that blacks and Hispanics were disproportionately targeted by it — tweeted that two cops from the department's Transit Division made the good bust early Monday.  The cops had pursued Tyrone Gooding, 35, because he jumped a turnstile at the Atlantic Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn around 12:40 a.m. and fled when they tried to stop him, presumably to give him a summons under the revamped directive.

You meet the most wonderful people on the train.
Woman Refuses to Move Bag on Packed Train, Cops Called to Remove Her.  Video footage of a New Jersey Transit rider has gone viral after police were called to assist in removing her from the train Wednesday [2/13/2019] for refusing to move her bag off of a seat.  The woman remained steadfast even when passengers and the conductor got involved and asked her to lift the bag — which appears to be Louis-Vuitton — from the seat next to her on the packed Trenton-bound train. [...] When a transit official later tapped the woman's bag and asked her to move it so other riders could sit, she could be heard responding:  "Don't put your hands on my stuff."

Thug busted in subway attack that left woman with fractured spine.  Police on Thursday busted the hate-filled rider who fractured a woman's spine during an attack on a Queens subway, authorities said.  Allasheed Allah, 54, was arrested Thursday morning [12/13/2018] and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated assault as a hate crime for the Nov. 30 attack, police and sources said.  He was nabbed after someone recognized his photo and alerted authorities of his name and his whereabouts, police said.

Latest NYC Subway freakout.  Just another day on the train.  [Video clip]

Why is violent crime on BART on the rise?  Feel safe on BART?  Then you are in never-neverland.  The Washington D.C. government transportation system and the Philadelphia system had massive decreases.  San Fran had a 57% INCREASE.  Like your cell phone?  Do not take it on BART.  Want to get a new phone?  Either go to the Apple or Verizon store or leave your credit card at home and get your pick, for free, on BART.  "According to BART Uniform Crime Reporting data, violent crime increased 57 percent between 2013 and 2017.  According to data released in June, by the end of 2018, it's expected to be the highest it's been since 2013.  Robberies make up the majority of the reported crimes and, in its category alone, are up nearly 40 percent since 2013.  Cell phone thefts are defined as robberies.

Pay the fare or provide proof of black skin.
DC City Council Passes Bill to Decriminalize Fare Evasion, Cites 'Racism'.  The Washington DC City Council voted 11-2 last week to decriminalize fare evasion on the DC Metro after councilmembers said "90 percent" of the 20,000 riders cited for fair evasion were African-American.

Muslim pervert ejaculates on a woman in a New York City subway.  A vile Muslim straphanger ejaculated on a woman's backside and backpack on a rush-hour subway train in Manhattan, cops said Monday [10/29/2018].

Man befriends 11-year-old on subway before stealing his iPhone.  An intimidating creep chatted up an 11-year-old boy on a Bronx-bound train — and then stole the child's cell phone right from his hands, police said Thursday [10/11/2018.]  The pre-teen boarded the D-train at 59 Street-Columbus Circle on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. and sat down.  The stranger, who was already on board, then sat next to him began chatting with the child.  "Be quiet," he told the boy, "I'm going to be your buddy for today," police said.

Video appears to show homeless man using drugs on BART train in San Francisco.  A video of a homeless man apparently using drugs on a BART train in San Francisco last month has become another footnote in the city's struggles with quality-of-life issues.  Local news anchor Reggie Aqui posted footage of the man smoking an illegal substance on the BART train right before Powell Street station. [...] The video underscores a dangerous trend occurring in the city.  In April, commuter Shannon Gafford filmed dozens of drug users slumped over and others shooting up at the Civic Center BART and Muni stations.

African 'Migrant' Arrested Twice in One Day for Public Indecency.  A Dayton man taken into custody early Monday for public indecency was back in the Montgomery County Jail the same night after dancing downtown naked, according to Dayton police reports.  Samuel Tumaini, 25, was detained on suspicion of public indecency, read the report.  Police received multiple calls around 11:30 p.m.  Monday about the incident, ranging from a man standing in front of an RTA bus to a naked man urinating in the street to a naked man lying in a field, according to the report.

Guardian Angels' perv-busting crew takes aim at subway creeps.  The Guardian Angels' Perv Busters crew doesn't just round up subway sickos, the fierce all-female vigilante crew follows up in court, too.  Five of the Busters in their signature red jackets and berets showed up for a hearing Wednesday at Brooklyn Supreme Court for Reggie Frank, who was busted last week for allegedly masturbating in front of a woman on an R train.  "We want him to know that we're watching him.  You need to make these people feel nervous," said Nancy Regula, 34.  The Angels also want a sex-offender registry that tracks details of subway sex crimes, including specific times and places and a perp's history of offenses.

Public defenders push more DAs to ease up on turnstile jumpers.  The movement to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters, announced recently by the Manhattan district attorney and soon to be adopted in Brooklyn, must be expanded citywide, public defenders argue.  The Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, Queens Law Associates and other groups have joined efforts to pressure prosecutors in Queens and the Bronx to get onboard with the cause, which advocates say will help unclog the courts.  Advocates say arresting turnstile jumpers unfairly disadvantages the city's poor population.

Turnstile Jumping Okay in New York.  Good news for fare-beaters on the New York subway system.  It has been discovered that enforcing the law against jumping turnstiles disadvantages the poor.

NYC subway riders fight back at groping, grinding, lewd acts.  With subway ridership approaching all-time highs, averaging 5.6 million daily riders, reports of sex crimes are also rising, up nearly 57 percent.

White subway rider assaulted by black man in Brooklyn station: 'Cracka, you don't belong here'.  A 44-year-old white straphanger was beaten [2/6/2016] in a Brooklyn subway station by a black man who told him, "Cracka, you don't belong here," police sources told the [New York] Daily News.  The suspect also allegedly elbowed the victim's fiancée in the head, then spit in another straphangers' face.

Brooklyn man sentenced to 12 years for subway hammer attacks.  A mugger who hit two New York City subway riders on the head with a hammer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.  Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says Anthony Coward, 30, was sentenced Monday [2/8/2016].  The May 2014 attacks occurred in the Rockaway Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The victims were ambushed from behind and hit in the head with a hammer while they were buying fare cards.

Slash City.  In his 1951 poem "Subway Rush Hour," the Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes sketched a portrait of an underground world, where people of all colors, ethnicities, and backgrounds are packed so tightly together that there's "no room for fear."  Late last week — in an effort to convince New Yorkers that the subways are safe despite a rash of recent stabbings and slashings on the transit system — NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton made a similar point.  "It's amazing anybody can assault anybody because you can't really move on some of those cars," he said.  Bratton's attempts at reassurance clash with the growing sense among New Yorkers that the city's celebrated public-safety gains are increasingly under threat.  Ten people have been slashed or stabbed so far this year on the subways.  Overall, such crimes are up nearly 20 percent.  "I'll chop you up right on this f---ing train!" 37-year-old Ras Alula Nagarit allegedly yelled at two women after bumping into them on a crowded platform in Brooklyn.

Man slashed on subway platform in sixth attack this year.  A man was slashed Sunday [1/31/2016] in the sixth such attack in New York's subways and on streets this year — following a spate of blade-wielding assaults in public places that started in the fall, police said.

Woman slashed on subway in another random attack.  A psychopath sliced a woman with a 2-foot-long machete Tuesday night [1/26/2016] aboard a Brooklyn-bound 3 train after he threatened to "chop" her up — the third city slashing this week, police sources said.  The 29-year-old woman, identified by police sources as Natalie Lewis, was hacked on the hand by a man wearing a green cap after he bumped into her as she was waiting for the train with her sister around 9:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, cops said.

Mob in S.F. stabs 2 men at Mission District bus stop.  A crew of 10 young assailants viciously stabbed two men at a Mission District bus stop, sending the victims to the hospital, where one man was clinging to life Wednesday [1/13/2016], police said.  The attack happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the attackers, described as between the ages of 18 and 20, approached two men sitting at a bus stop at 18th and Mission streets, San Francisco police officials said.

Longtime transit impostor arrested for 30th time says he needs help not prison.  The New York transit impostor who first commandeered a train at age 15 has been arrested 30 times over the years for transit-related crimes, most recently in November when he was nabbed driving a Greyhound bus.

City subways are a pervert's paradise.  Sex crimes on the city's subways have soared by nearly 20 percent this year, due to a surge in the number of gropers, flashers and voyeurs, NYPD officials said on Monday [12/14/2015]. [...] In the past five months alone, the rate of increase has more than doubled — with a total of 699 incidents reported, or 106 more than the 593 recorded for the same period last year, authorities said.  The most common offenses are forcible touching, lewdness and unwanted surveillance, NYPD Deputy Chief Vincent Coogan told MTA officials at a meeting.

Muslim man yells at Christian woman on train for putting her feet on chair, then threatens to call police.  Last time I checked, England wasn't under Shariah law.  Apparently some Muslim man doesn't think so, as he began yelling at a woman on a London train for putting her feet on one of the chairs.  She attempts to explain that she is a Christian, and so she has no restrictions on praying with her shoes on, but he doesn't care and says it's wrong in his religion.

Bus Mugger Gets Smacked Down By Bus Driver.  This bus mugger was in for a surprise when he tried to steal a purse from the woman sitting in the front row.  The bus driver handled this guy like a pro.

NY Subways overrun with homeless.  It's an express train — to the bad old days.  Cops are giving homeless people and panhandlers in the subways the kid-glove treatment, arresting subterranean scofflaws far less frequently than just two years ago, data show.  The ranks of the homeless, meanwhile, have swelled to 1,841 this year — a 13 percent increase over last year's tally, the city's Department of Homeless Services says.  For straphangers, it has created an atmosphere of fear.

Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly nationwide.  Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines.

The Editor says...
"Most" of "half" means at least one-quarter of the robberies in San Francisco take place on transit lines.

MBTA:  Be careful, crime is up on Boston subways.  Pickpockets and other thieves coveting small, expensive carry-around electronic devices like iPods helped drive up crime on the Blue Line and other Boston area subway lines last year.  Incidents in the category of larceny or theft increased from 506 to 699. ... Aggravated assaults dropped from 112 to 103, while robberies rose slightly, 183 to 207.


Panhandler who regularly works CTA Green Line arrested 178 times.  Clarence Ervin had panhandled on CTA trains all night, and he looked like it.  Cold and bleary-eyed, he said he was afraid of getting caught — a surprising sentiment for a man who has been arrested 178 times, according to police and court records.  Ervin, 52, has amassed charges ranging from panhandling on trains and disorderly conduct to drug possession and assault and battery, the records show.

Wall Street Intern Flips Out At The Conductor On Metro North.  A woman traveling on Metro North flipped out after a conductor scolded her for having an allegedly loud and profane conversation.

'Apple picking' phone theft increasing on CTA.  Hang on to your iPods when riding on the CTA.  Chicago police say there is an increase in robberies targeting the devices.  In addition, thieves have been stealing other electronic devices.  According to The Chicago Tribune, 581 robberies were reported on CTA property in 2010.  That's an average of 48 a month.

NYPD Searching For Subway Perverts.  Police in New York City are looking for men suspected in separate acts of public lewdness on trains passing through Union Square.

Registered sex offender accused of groping Jersey City woman on PATH train, his 169th arrest.  A 60-year-old registered sex offender has been arrested for the 169th time, in this case on charges he groped a Jersey City woman on a PATH train, authorities said today [7/17/2012].  Giovanni Verdelli's latest arrest came Monday morning, when undercover Port Authority Police Department officers nabbed the Brooklyn man at the Grove Street Station in Jersey City as he tried to board a train bound for 33rd Street in Manhattan, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Union Exemptions from Criminal Laws.  In the "Miscellaneous Crimes" title of the [California] Penal Code, the state has declared that "willfully blocking the free movement of another person" in a public transit system facility or vehicle is punishable by a fine of up to $400 and 90 days imprisonment in the county jail.  That is, unless the offender's actions can be said to be related to collective bargaining.  In that case, the state legislature has created an exemption from the crime, and so long as the offender is pursuing union objectives, it is permissible to block the free movement of commuters in the transit system, people who are invariably just trying to get to work or an appointment on time.


My luggage was stolen on a train — what I've learned from this experience.  Cathleen Turner was aboard an Amtrak train traveling back to the Big Apple from Roanoke, Virginia when her post-Christmas spirits were soured:  Her luggage was stolen.  The New Yorker claims that an estimated $3,000 worth of personal belongings — including her high-end athletic apparel, beauty products and Christmas presents — were swiped from the overhead compartment while she snoozed between the Newark and Pennsylvania Station stops in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.  "I understand that everyone is responsible for their own belongings, but also it was a $200 ticket," Turner, 23, told The [New York] Post.  "This is not the subway, you know?" she added.

Handcuffed and charged for public transit conversation?  The Democracy Fund (TDF) has agreed to take on the cases of two men charged under a Calgary Transit bylaw for allegedly 'interfering with the comfort of an unknown transit user' while on their way to the 1 Million March 4 Children in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 2023.  The ambiguous and apparently selectively applied bylaw prohibits transit users from engaging in conduct that would "interfere with the comfort, convenience, or quiet use and enjoyment of the transit system of any reasonable person."  Folks familiar with Calgary Transit, especially the downtown leg of the C-Train tracks, have no doubt witnessed their fair share of conduct that could be described as interfering with comfort, convenience or quiet on a near daily basis, and whether it be fisticuffs or drug related hysterics, those folks will attest that response times aren't always prompt.

You Think The Walking Dead Is Fiction?  Just Look At The NYC Subway.  This was the disturbing scene at 34th street A C E train station in New York City as several tweaking drug addicts froze in time in a zombie stance.  [Video clip]

Hundreds of people are living in NYC subway stations and tunnels, MTA says.  Some 350 homeless individuals were recently found living in encampments in subway stations and tunnels, transit officials said Thursday [2/24/2022].  The individuals were spread between 29 encampments in tunnels and 89 in stations, according to an MTA survey conducted on Feb. 2 and 3 as part of a "track trespass" task force formed in December to address an uptick in track intrusions.  Taskforce leader Jamie Torres-Springer said the tunnel encampments "directly lead to track trespassing incidents," which the MTA began tracking in detail in January.  MTA bean counters recorded 160 track intrusion incidents in the first month of record-keeping, 40 of which were attributed to mentally ill or emotionally disturbed individuals, Torres-Springer said.  Other incidents involved slip-and-falls, intoxication or suicide or attempted suicide, and four more involved shove assaults.

NYC Mayor moves to ban homeless from living in subways.  Of the many aspects of criminal activity plaguing the residents of New York City these days, crimes taking place in the subway system have really had Gotham's residents up in arms lately.  People are regularly beaten and robbed both on the trains and the platforms.  The practice of seemingly randomly pushing people onto the tracks has become something of an unofficial sport, with more than a few being killed in that fashion.  Some of the crimes are obviously being committed by gang members or lone-wolf bad guys, but a lot of the mayhem is the responsibility of the city's massive homeless population, many of whom take to sheltering in the subways during the winter months.

Deloitte funded group that wants to keep homeless on subways.  The corporate employer of tragic subway shoving victim Michelle Go, who was allegedly killed by an unhinged vagrant, helped fund a progressive non-profit that sued to keep the homeless from being ousted from the NYC transit system. [...] Deloitte Financial Advisory Services donated between $25,000 and $50,000 in 2021 to the Urban Justice Center, according to the group's annual report.  In February 2021, the Urban Justice Center along with a homeless man and another non-profit, sued the MTA, saying its new transit code of conduct — adopted in 2020 because of the pandemic — had "the effect of excluding homeless New Yorkers from the subway system."  The rules barred people from staying in a subway station for more than an hour; from taking wheeled carts bigger than 30 inches long and 30 inches wide into the system; and banned people from staying in a terminal after a train is taken out of service.  The lawsuit argued the rules were "arbitrary and capricious."  It was dismissed in June.  Doug Lasdon, the executive director of the Urban Justice Center, told The [New York] Post that homeless should have the same access to the subway "that I have."  Joseph Giacalone, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and a former NYPD sergeant, said the transit system should not be viewed as a homeless shelter.

The Editor says...
Homeless people most likely have no employment, in addition to no residence.  Therefore they have little or no legitimate need for public transportation.

Sleeping on the subway
AOC reacts after NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton tweeted photo of vagrants on subway.  Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has jumped on a tweet sent by former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton that went viral earlier this week.  In the tweet, Bratton — who worked under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio — shared a photo of several homeless people sleeping on a New York City subway train.  'You know why NY's 'recovery' isn't happening?  This photo today on the E Train at 6:45 am at 42nd & 8th says it all,' he wrote on Wednesday.

Serial subway scammer can't keep to the straight and narrow.  Serial subway scammer Charles Barry's vow to keep to the straight and narrow seems to have gone off the rails.  Barry — who after racking up than 140 arrests over three decades vowed his life of crime was in his past — was busted on petty larceny, fraudulent accosting, criminal impersonation and possession of stolen property Friday following an incident at the subway station beneath Grand Central Terminal, said law enforcement sources.  Barry approached a 53-year-old woman waiting on a line to buy a MetroCard and told her he worked for the MTA and could help her out, said police.

The Bottomless Absurdity of Ayanna Pressley's Free Public Transit Bill.  Should public transit be free?  Massachusetts representative Ayanna Pressley thinks so.  Her Freedom to Move Act offers $5 billion in grants to entice the nation's transit systems to go fare-free.  To qualify for grants, transit agencies would also have to improve safety and quality, particularly in low-income and historically underserved communities.  Unfortunately, experience shows that these two goals aren't always compatible.  A side effect of getting rid of fares is eliminating fare enforcement, which advocates say disproportionally targets black and other minority riders.  Thus, the progressives backing Pressley's bill (and the companion bill introduced by Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey) view fare-free transit as part of a larger social-justice agenda.  At least one transit manager is on board with a fare-free future.  Phil Washington, CEO of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, believes that his agency has a "moral obligation" to help the county and region recover from the "once-in-a-lifetime pandemic" and from the "devastating effects of the lack of affordability in the region."

The Editor says...
Pardon me while I state the obvious:  Fares are the only thing keeping mass-transit buses and trains from becoming homeless camps on wheels.

Drugged Out Subway Passenger Dances On a Pole.  [Video clip]

M train graffiti
Video shows NYC subway cars totally defaced with graffiti.  Graffiti artists struck multiple cars of an M train, completely defacing them from top to bottom with colorful tags and doing tens of thousands of dollars of property damage, the MTA said Wednesday [2/10/2021].  Video posted to Instagram on Monday shows the subway train — featuring cartoon-like characters and depictions of a skyline exposed through a brick wall — chugging along the tracks of an unspecified elevated Big Apple station.  Officials discovered the vandalism at around 6:50 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA.  The vandals apparently hit the train at a so-called layup area in Queens near the Forest Hills-71st Avenue Station, which falls under the responsibility of the NYPD to patrol, the transit agency said, noting that the incident was reported to the police department.  The graffiti train has since been taken out of service.

This is an open admission that homeless people live aboard mass transit vehicles:
Subway closure 'outright disaster' for the homeless who have few safe shelter options, advocates say.  Homeless New Yorkers will face an even more threatening and dangerous situation when the city shuts down the subway system from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., according to advocates.  The shutdown was announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio in a joint press conference on Thursday [4/30/2020].  Cuomo said closing the subway for those hours would allow the cars to be sanitized every 24 hours during the novel coronavirus pandemic.  De Blasio said that it would also benefit any homeless people who ride the subway during that time.

Why It's Called Falling Asleep.  The body maintains a sort of bubble level / proximity sensor that triggers when you get too far off enter or when barely conscious.  [Video clip]

Report: Calls For Boycotting Greyhound Grow As Company Defies Working With ICE.  Have you heard the latest about Greyhound bus services deciding not to comply with Immigration and Custom Enforcement checks dealing with illegal immigration?  This is a strange decision since Tour Bus Operators have been telling passengers for years (decades) at both land borders when Border Patrols Officers board the busses at borders to comply with identification requirements to cross into foreign nations or returning to the USA.  What are they thinking?  The Department of Transportation can make it harder for every bus to continue on the roads if that's what Greyhound wants, mandatory road safety checks take way longer than immigration checks, and "all" busses are subject to them, which also means that "all" passengers will have to step off of the bus.  In contrast, the safety checks are being done, "there" no warrant needed now!

Homeless people are pictured all over New York's Grand Central and Penn stations.  The scenes at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station in New York have been pictured amid an apparent homeless crisis that is reportedly making the lives of commuters and tourists a misery.  Images show displaced Americans trying to sleep on floors and even trash cans as travelers and business people go about their daily lives, while other photographs captured this weekend show them tucked up discreetly on benches and at food hall dining tables.  But some pictures show panhandlers begging for money as people run to catch trains or stop to grab refreshments, and it has reportedly made people dread using the stations in Midtown Manhattan.

Greyhound vows to protect illegals, will stop DHS agents from immigration checks on busses.  Future Greyhound passengers beware, because going forward, rules and laws will apparently have no place on the transportation service's infamous buses.  In an emailed statement to the Associated Press, the 106-year-old company announced that it would no longer allow Department of Homeland Security officials to board its buses to conduct what have always been routine immigration checks.

Giving up on getting the homeless out of Penn Station.  The [New York] Post just caught the Bowery Residents' Committee once again failing to do its contracted work of "counseling" subway homeless into shelters — half a year after an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli slammed the nonprofit for persistently delivering far less than its contracts with the city and the MTA require.  Post reporters found the BRC office at Penn Station closed and its workers nowhere to be found.  They then learned that the nonprofit shut it down "indefinitely" on Saturday after a vagrant who's still at-large made a death threat.  So much for BRC's contract with the MTA and Amtrak to do outreach in the transit hub.  Workers say they put up a sign directing homeless wanting help to an office eight blocks away.  If so, someone tore it down — indeed, we found several homeless sleeping on the office's doorstep.

Horrible Children Like This Make Riding The NYC Subway A Nightmare.  You have to wonder how horrible the parents are to raise such horrible kids.  [Video clip]

Subway graffiti is making a resurgence in NYC.  Graffiti is on the express track back into New York's subway landscape, MTA data obtained by The [New York] Post shows.  After holding at around 200 markings in stations and on trains per year in the first half of the decade, the number tripled to 619 in 2018, and sits at 537 as of Dec. 18 this year, the figures show.  "There's a lot more going on now, I think, than five years ago," confirmed one New Jersey-based graffiti writer, who declined to be identified — or reveal whether they'd ever turned the city's subway system into their canvas.

Police cited 55 people for eating on San Francisco trains.  Only nine were white.  Police officers for the San Francisco Bay Area commuter train system disproportionately target black riders with citations for eating and drinking, according to new data, renewing concerns about racial profiling.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) data was released following a viral video showing police handcuffing a 31-year-old black man who was cited for eating a breakfast sandwich on his way to work.  The new records show that more than 81% of people stopped for eating and drinking on Bart since 2014 were people of color, and that the vast majority of them were black. [...] Only 10% of Bart's total riders are black.  Ridership data, collected last year, showed that 35% of overall riders are white, 32% are Asian/Pacific Islander and 17% are Latino.

The Editor says...
It is also possible that the white people don't get citations because they follow the rules.  But an article that says so wouldn't sell newspapers, would it?

Transit cops:  Homeless sweeps are 'not a solution'.  The MTA's new policy of clearing messy vagrants out of stations comes just as the city is cracking down on transients camping on the street level.  As the weather grows colder, the city recently directed cops to stop homeless people from erecting tents, encampments and other structures on the pavement, law-enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.  City Hall acknowledged the new street sweeps. [...] The move comes just as cops underground are expected to start sending more homeless people up to the street level, where the hope is they'll go to shelters.

Homeless booted from subways so de Blasio could have 'clean' ride.  Mayor Bill de Blasio ventured into the city's decrepit subway system Sunday — but didn't have to face the foul-smelling and often crazy vagrants whom ordinary New Yorkers are forced to contend with every day.  That's because police were ordered to roust all the homeless people from two stations ahead of the mayor's four-stop press event as he rode from his Park Slope gym to his new re-election headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, law enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.

Drop in subway performer, panhandler arrests.  In 2016, the NYPD reportedly made 203 arrests for dancing and 88 for panhandling in the subways, a dramatic drop from just two years earlier when 358 arrests were made for dancing and 680 arrests were made for pan-handling.  According to Politico, the city appears to be easing its policy towards the entertainers or nuisance, depending on which straphanger you ask.

Straphangers participate in No Pants Subway Ride.  The temperature was low, snow was on the ground, yet on a Sunday in January, thousands of New Yorkers were without pants.  It was the 16th Annual No Pants Subway Ride where straphangers braved the freezing cold weather in their undies for the chance to shock unsuspecting subway riders.

New Yorkers lose their trousers for the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride that took place worldwide.  Scores of New Yorkers flocked to the subway on Sunday without any pants on.  The 15th Annual No Pants subway Ride kicked off at 3:00 p.m. and had participants strut their stuff from seven different points all over New York City only to eventually meet in Union Square.  The event began in 2002 in New York City with seven members of the improvisational group, Improv Everywhere, known for their flash mobs, boarding the subway without trousers.

The Editor says...
People who go out in public dressed immodestly and inappropriately are not funny or cute, whether they are in a group of a hundred, or by themselves.

Annual No Pants Subway Ride Gets Giggles Across the Globe.  Public transit passengers in major U.S. cities and around their world left their pants at home Sunday, or at least stashed them in their bags, as they participated in the 14th annual No Pants Subway Ride.  The prank, which began as a New York City stunt in 2002, has spread internationally, with more straphangers flaunting their drawers each year.

Cops crack down on subway panhandlers.  Begging on subway trains increases during the holiday season with the influx of tourists and shoppers, and transit cops are cracking down on offenders, police said.

Photo of black man sleeping on a Jewish man's shoulder on the subway goes viral around the world.  Oscar "Isaac" Theil, 65, was on his way home to the Kensington section of Brooklyn on the Q train when an unidentified man fell asleep on his shoulder for more than a half hour last Thursday night.  Another rider was amazed at the scene — a black man sleeping on the shoulder of a white man in a yarmulke — so he gently asked if he wanted help to wake the slumbering straphanger.  "He had a long day so let him sleep.  We've all been there," Theil responded.

The Editor says...
The photo which is the centerpiece of the article immediately above is supposed to be a heartwarming look at the great American melting pot; however, outside of the New York subway system, it is considered blatantly anti-social to lean on a stranger and go to sleep in a public place.  It's a transit system, not a homeless shelter on wheels.  And this went on for half an hour.  Where are the cops on this train?  The notion that "we've all been there" is a canard:  If I've ever been drowsy in any public transit vehicle, I have certainly never leaned upon and drooled and slept on a total stranger's shoulder.  Normal, sane adults do not act like that.

Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around [the] country.  Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.  Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada's mental health division.

SEPTA: Mom, Grandmom Dodge Fare, Leave Baby Behind.  SEPTA officials say a mother and grandmother left behind a baby girl while trying to avoid paying full subway fare.  Authorities say the incident happened Monday on the Market-Frankford El at the 60th Street station.  The baby's 15-year-old mother had a single one-day convenience pass that allows one person to take eight rides. [...] The two women didn't realize they had left the baby until they got to the 56th Street station around ten minutes later.

Courtesy's Sad Substitute.  For all the clackety-clack of the tracks and the distorted announcements crackling out of raspy speakers, trains are getting to be awfully quiet places.  A decade ago Amtrak started designating "Quiet Cars" in which there was to be no cellphone yammering, no insect-like buzzing or muted thumping bleeding from headphones, no keening conversations.  Now commuter lines are finally following suit.

Silent Rage:  "This is the quiet car!"  The voice belonged to a woman glaring at my kids, ages 5 and 2, standing (quietly, I should add) next to the door.  I ignored her and focused on snagging an empty spot on a packed Amtrak train — a miracle the day before Christmas — for our nuclear family with big luggage.  (Why Amtrak can't figure out how to assign seats on its "reserved trains" like every major European rail company will have to be left for another day.)  In any case, we weren't about to give ours up.  The pitch went up a notch:  "This is the QUIET car!!"  "So be quiet."  Ah, my wife to the rescue.

Woman feels 'disrespected' after being kicked off train.  A woman who got pulled of an Amtrak train by police after passengers complained she was speaking too loudly on a cell phone said she felt "disrespected" by the entire incident.  Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she got into a "verbal altercation" with train passengers on Sunday [5/15/2011].  Passengers complained she refused to put down her cell phone and conductors had to stop the train in Salem, where police got involved.

Nude Woman Bathes On NYC Subway Train.  In this week's crazy NYC subway video series, a woman, nude from the waist down, sets up a wash station on the blue bench of a subway car and proceeds to take a camping-style shower.

Lotto tickets bought with bags of coins lead to bust in massive Metro theft.  A long-running scam to steal thousands of Metro riders' fares unraveled this week after a man in a police uniform driving a Jaguar bought thousands of Virginia lottery tickets with bags and bags of apparently stolen coins.  A tip about the odd purchases led authorities to an extensive investigation involving GPS-tracked cars, surveillance videos from Woodbridge gas stations and money drops by an Alexandria underpass.

The police state on wheels

You would think violent crime would be extremely rare in the world of mass transit, with all the law enforcement personnel in attendance.  You would be wrong.  It's the worst of both worlds.

Sound Transit to enforce new fare policy to ensure riders pay.  Sound Transit has announced it will implement a new fare inspection process requiring riders to show a proof of payment before boarding.  The new process will have an initial rollout on June 3.  Sound Transit's "fare ambassadors" have been checking passengers' proof of payments on various trains throughout the day.  According to Sound Transit's 2024 budget, the agency collected $51.9 million in passenger fare revenue last year.  That is a slight dip from the projected $52.4 million the agency expected in 2023.

Facial Recognition [is] Coming to LA Transit After [a] Passenger [was] Fatally Stabbed.  Transit officials in Los Angeles have declared a public safety emergency over the stabbing of a 66-year-old woman in the city's Metro transit system, and are planning to deploy facial recognition tools to help identify repeat offenders and deter violent crime, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.  Beatings, stabbings and other violent incidents have been rising on L.A.'s public buses and trains, including four attacks in April.  The perpetrator of the stabbing attack that killed Mirna Soza Arauz had a prior ban from the transit system for violent altercations.  But Metro says its officers had no way of knowing that a dangerous individual was riding the train.  Had facial recognition systems been in place, they might have made the match.

The Editor says...
[#1] Ri-i-i-ight.  The "officers had no way of knowing that a dangerous individual was riding the train."  Except that the majority of the passengers on mass transit could be described as dangerous individuals.  People who have recently been in prison usually don't have an automobile waiting for them, so they ride mass transit.  People who climb aboard the city bus wearing a hoodie and a mask in hot weather can be considered highly suspicious.  [#2] Common sense would tell you that mandatory Covid masks and facial recognition are not compatible.  Common sense would also tell you that a guy on a bus who's covered with gang tattoos probably isn't a priest.  There isn't suddenly a "public safety emergency" on mass transit.  Public transportation has been unsafe in every big city for decades.  [#3] Where are they going to put the facial recognizers?  Not on the bus itself — by then it's too late.  How about at the bus stop?  Okay, but then will every pedestrian and passer-by be scanned?  What will be done with the information about those people's sightings?

MTA Barred From Using Facial Recognition on Fare Beaters.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York has been barred from using facial recognition technology to catch fare beaters, according to Gothamist.  The prohibition was reportedly included in the new state budget at the last minute and requires the MTA to "not use, or arrange for the use, of biometric identifying technology, including but not limited to facial recognition technology, to enforce rules relating to the payment of fares."  State Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani told Gothamist the ban was added to the budget to protect New Yorkers' privacy.

People Who Were Arrested For Eating Food.  Back in 2000, 12-year-old Ansche Hedgepeth got handcuffed for eating in a Washington, D.C., subway station.  At the time, police were cracking down on people eating in the metro.  Over a short amount of time, they arrested or cited 35 people, almost all of whom were minors.  Hedgepeth, a seventh grader, was searched, handcuffed, booked, and fingerprinted after school for unlawful snacking in public.  While the preteen knew she was not supposed to eat at the metro, she didn't believe it would lead to her arrest. [...] The transit police initially had no remorse for the arrest, citing its zero-tolerance policy.  However, Ansche Hedgepeth's arrest led to a lawsuit, leading the Metro Transit Police to change its no-food policy enforcement policy from arrests to warnings.  In her case, Hedgepeth requested her record be expunged because her Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

CDC: Mask Order Will Be 'Further Enforced' by 'Federal Authorities'.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest order, requiring individuals to wear masks when using public transportation or residing in transportation hubs, will be "further enforced by other federal authorities," the agency announced in its order, which went into effect this week.  Under the order, individuals are required to wear masks while using public transportation, which includes "awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories," per the CDC.  "People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories," the agency said, encouraging the "operators of public conveyances" to enforce the requirement to the best of their abilities.

New Mass Transit Mask Refusal Fine Takes Effect in New York Monday.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects substantial upticks in mass transit use as New York City and the rest of the tri-state area take more reopening steps in the coming months — and he wants people who ride subways and rails to feel safe.  To that end, the governor said Thursday he was ordering the implementation of a $50 fine for MTA passengers who refuse to wear masks on public transportation.  Cuomo said that part of the reason behind the measure is that New York City doesn't need an influx of vehicular traffic, which has been the case as people tenatively return to work amid the pandemic.  The goal is to convince people it's safe to ride the subways, buses, LIRR and Metro-North with COVID precautions.

The Editor says...
No, the goal is to see how much the American people will tolerate before a widespread rebellion occurs.  If they really thought you were spreading a deadly disease, would the fine be only $50?

NYPD Arrests Young Boy Selling Candy On Subway.  This video is blowing up all over social media showing a young boy being arrested by NYPD for selling candy and chips to make money for his family.  A user posted:  Thousands of NYPD officers have the coronavirus and they are still going all over the city harassing and touching and grabbing and breathing all over people.  People are out here hurting.  This boy wasn't selling drugs, he was selling candy and chips BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO.  These boys are out here doing this because they provide for their families.  [Video clip]

Philadelphia cops drag man off bus for not wearing mask amid coronavirus.  The coronavirus crackdown on social distancing just might be going a bit too far.  This, after a group of cops physically removed a man from a public bus Friday morning [4/10/2020], all of it caught on video by a bystander with a cellphone.  The man's crime:  Not wearing a face mask while hopping on the bus for his morning commute.  As reports, the incident is now under investigation by Philadelphia police.

De Blasio:  NYPD Will Remove Passengers from Subways if Overcrowding Occurs.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents Monday the NYPD will begin removing passengers from crowded Subway cars should the trains violate the state's rules and regulations regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.  "The PD is going to go out there, if they see any overcrowding, they're going to literally split it up, pull people off the train, move them along into different cars, whatever it takes," de Blasio said Monday in an interview with NY1.

Previous Deportee with Fake ID Arrested on Greyhound Bus in Arizona, Say Feds.  Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican national with fake U.S. identification documents on a Greyhound Bus at an interior immigration checkpoint.  The previous deportee is now charged with identity theft.  Welton Station Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint on March 2 boarded a passenger bus for inspection and interviews.  During one conversation, agents became suspicious of a man who presented a U.S. birth certificate and a California identification card, officials stated.  The suspect did not resemble the person described in the documents and did not speak English.

Facial Recognition for a Free Travel Ticket in China?  Welcome To Orwell's 1984.  China wants to give its prisoners (populace) the ability to pay with their faces to ride subways; this will be combined with its social credit program — which already tracks the communist nation's citizens traveling — and if points are too low, it prevents travel. [...] In Shenzhen, China, home of OnePlus, Huawei and internet giant Tencent, the city has released a new government system for elderly Chinese.  This new program will allow residents of China over the age of 60 to register for free subway rides, using just their face as their ticket.  If you think this is just a one-off, you would be utterly wrong.  This form of facial recognition is already being experimented in other cities including Jinan, Shanghai and Nanjing according to the South China Morning Post.

DEA Agents Ambush Amtrak Passengers With Controversial Searches and Seizures.  Most people step off to stretch their legs or have a cigarette during the layover, the longest smoke break in the entire trip.  That's when two plainclothes agents come aboard the train on a rainy day in March 2019.  One agent walks to the back of the aisle in the first coach car and waits, quietly observing.  The other is tasked with getting people to talk and open their bags.  His name is Jarrell, or Jay, Perry, and he's done it hundreds of times before.  Today, he seems confident that he will find someone on board carrying drugs — or at least a substantial amount of money.  He flashes a smile and a badge.  A young, disheveled man in a seat by the entrance to the car agrees to let Perry search his three bags.  The agent flips through the man's luggage with tactical speed[.]  Perry is white and looks like he's in his fifties.  He's bald and slightly overweight, with a weightlifter's build to compensate, and he's dressed in a baseball cap, a gray sweatshirt, and jeans.  He's not carrying a visible warrant or a train ticket and has no drug dog with him.

Bomb-seeking body scanners tested at WTC PATH station.  The Port Authority is testing new security scanners at the World Trade Center PATH station Thursday and Friday in order to evaluate its latest potential resource to detect firearms, explosives and other weapons.  The so-called Evolv Edge, a "high-tech body scanning unit" meant to detect detect firearms, explosives and other weapons, will be tested Thursday [5/10/2018] and Friday at the WTC PATH site from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.  Public participation in the testing is completely voluntary, according to Port Authority officials.

DHS expands police spying by adding surveillance cameras to bus stops.  Not content with surveillance cameras on buses, the police state has now begun adding them to bus stops.  Last month an article in WTVR 6 revealed that the Greater Richmond Transit Center (GRTC) is installing more than one hundred surveillance cameras at bus stops.  What should really concern everyone is the amount of cameras being installed at each bus stop.

Suspect killed in police shootout on Chicago-area train.  Authorities say a suspect in a Chicago-area slaying was killed [1/6/2017] in a police shootout on a Metra commuter train while dozens of other people were aboard.

NJ Transit keeps recordings of your conversations for a month, it says.  NJ Transit officials have broken their silence over what happens to surveillance recordings it makes of passenger conversations on light rail trains.  In April, the state American Civil Liberties Union and commuter groups demanded that NJ Transit disclose information about the surveillance after an NJ Advance Media article revealed that the conversations of passengers on light rail trains were being recorded.  "Audio and video remain in the surveillance device for approximately 30 days, with new video and audio overwriting (recording over) previous files," said Nancy Snyder, an NJ Transit spokeswoman.  "It is our practice and procedure."

Homeland Security to release harmless gas in NYC subway system for bioterrorism drill.  The Department of Homeland Security will release "harmless particle materials" in the city's subway system next week.  The "non-toxic, safe gas material" will be released at subway stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens in order to understand where hazardous material would travel in the event of a biological terrorist attack.

Harmless gas to be released in subway for airflow study.  Harmless gas and other materials will be released at several subway stations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.  One of the stations will be Time Square.  The reason they are doing this is to prepare in the event of a terrorist attack.  Don't be alarm if you see boxes at some subway stations next week.  The boxes will gather real-time data of particle concentrations in the air.

The Editor says...
Does this "harmless gas" have a name?  I doubt if this mystery gas comes in a big tank with a label that says HARMLESS.  It is difficult to imagine that a majority of us would consider this stuff safe and inert, since we don't all agree that even carbon dioxide is harmless.

Man arrested for 'ridiculous' iPhone crime.  A 45-year-old UK artist was arrested Friday [7/24/2015] on a London train for the dastardly crime of "abstracting electricity" — and according to arrestee Robin Lee, the crime is just as "ridiculous" as it sounds, the Evening Standard reports.  Even though the outlets on the London Overground are clearly marked as being for cleaners only — a London Underground forum pointed out by the Guardian notes others using the outlets could cause a power surge — Lee decided to charge his iPhone while commuting and ended up getting nailed for it by an "overzealous community support officer," as Lee describes it.

The Editor says...
Does any sane person believe that one guy charging his phone is going to cause an overload?  If the cleaning crew can plug in a vacuum cleaner there, it should be safe to charge a phone for a few minutes.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: None Are Safe from the State's Plundering Parasites.  I don't know if Aaron Heuser, a mathematician from Eugene, Oregon, is familiar with "The Mortal Storm."  He doesn't need to see the movie — he has lived it.  As Heuser recounted to Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic magazine, during an Amtrak trip from Eugene to Washington, D.C. last fall, he received an unwelcome visit in his sleeper compartment by a DEA agent whose comportment was indistinguishable from that of the cinematic Nazi officials who terrorized Freya Roth.

How the DEA Harasses Amtrak Passengers.  Earlier this year, Aaron Heuser of Eugene, Oregon, had to travel to Washington, D.C.  The trip had two purposes:  The 37-year-old mathematician was officially leaving his job at National Institutes of Health and starting a new position at a private firm.  Since he is terrified of flying he booked himself a sleeper car on Amtrak.  Upon reaching Reno, Nevada, there was an unexpected knock at his door.  "There was a DEA badge on the window," he said.  "Having a good reason to be making this trip and being a law abiding citizen, I opened the door and politely asked if there was a problem.  The officer asked if I was Aaron Heuser, and then asked to see my ticket.  He then told me that there were many red flags on my trip, mainly that I had a sleeper car, was traveling alone, and did not check my luggage."  A sleeper car is a main Amtrak product!  Plenty of people travel alone!  Why would anyone with a whole sleeper-car compartment to themselves go through the hassle of checking luggage?

The Editor says...
And another thing:  You're traveling 2800 miles and you don't care if it takes a week to get there.  What's in that bag, anyway?  My drug-sniffing dog says he got a whiff of mometasone furoate monohydrate when I opened this door, along with a hint of Old Spice.  He'll be happy to testify to that effect in federal court.  Better keep your hands where I can see them.

This is exactly the treatment you would expect in Mexico or Cuba or North Korea:
DEA to traveler: Thanks, I'll take that cash.  A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including [Joseph] Rivers, where they were going and why.  When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to search his bags.  Rivers complied.  Rivers was the only passenger singled out for a search by DEA agents — and the only black person on his portion of the train, [his attorney, Michael] Pancer said.

This took place on an Amtrak train.
Black aspiring businessman has $16,000 life savings seized by DEA agents.  It was a lifetime ambition for 22-year-old Joseph Rivers to arrive in Los Angeles and become a big name in the music business.  And he nearly made it... until a team of DEA agents put a stop to everything by snatching his life savings without even charging him with a crime.  The aspiring businessman from the outskirts of Detroit had managed to scrape together $16,000 and was finally on the train to Los Angeles when the justice department stepped in, reported the Albuquerque Journal.  Officers found Joseph's thousands of dollars stashed in a bank envelope and questioned him about the origins of the cash.

Your movements can and will be tracked by your use of public transportation.
Ebola doctor lied about his NYC travels: police.  The city's first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.  Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn't admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.

BART Defends Cell Phone Shutdown.  San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit is defending its order last August to shut down commuters' cell phone service.  BART's actions attracted a considerable amount of negative attenion.  Digital rights groups have spoken out against government agencies assuming the authority to shut down wireless coverage.  "BART is a government agency, and the First Amendment prevents the government from censoring communications.  Also, federal law — the Communications Act — outlaws both the government and carriers from interfering with wireless service," said Rebecca Jeschke, spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

NYPD, Brookhaven Releasing Harmless Gases in Subway for Chemical Weapon Study.  The NYPD is releasing harmless gases into the subway system during the morning rush beginning Tuesday to study how chemical weapons could be dispersed through the air.  Police, working with Long Island's Brookhaven National Laboratory, were spotted placing air-sampling devices in specific areas on the street and within the subway system across the five boroughs.

Good news: Government's recording your conversations on the bus too.  A timely video from Reason TV on the surveillance state's newest venture: Cameras and microphones on city buses, just in case Al Qaeda decides to plan its next attack on municipal transportation within earshot of other passengers.  Not every city does this, but the practice is spreading — early adapters include San Francisco, Baltimore, and Hartford with funding from, you guessed it, DHS.

Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk.  Sources say the agents were members of the elite TSA VIPR team on the 5:04 pm Union Pacific West line.  They were carrying hand-held nuclear-detection devices that picked up a reading.

Big Brother's Listening.  The era of private conversations on city buses — and even on San Francisco's iconic streetcars — may be coming to an end.  Government officials are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses across the country to eavesdrop on passengers, according to documents obtained by The Daily.  Plans to implement the technology are under way in cities from San Francisco to Hartford, Conn., and Eugene, Ore., to Columbus, Ohio.

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations.  Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.  The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.

Activist Forced to Show Papers to DHS or be Detained for 72 Hrs.  Alex talks with Derrick Broze, a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers.  Broze has covered TSA agents working in the Metro rail is Houston.  [Video clip].

NYC subway's anti-terror steps the new normal.  New York's subway system, the largest in the country, has more than 465 far-flung stations, most with multiple entrances, and 800 miles of track that would stretch to Chicago if laid end to end.

TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year.  Bus travelers were shocked when jackbooted TSA officers in black SWAT-style uniforms descended unannounced upon the Tampa Greyhound bus station in April with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and federal bureaucrats in tow. ... The TSA clearly intends for these out-of-nowhere swarms by its officers at community transit centers, bus stops and public events to become a routine and accepted part of American life.

NYC Subways Adding Dogs, Armed Officers.  Teams of police officers equipped with submachine guns and bomb-sniffing dogs have become a part of the landscape of post-Sept. 11 New York, patrolling around Wall Street and such landmarks as the Empire State building.  Similar squads are set to begin daily patrols of the busiest sections of the city subways this month, in what officials describe as a first for a U.S. mass transit system.

Machine Gun-Toting Officers To Patrol NYC Subway.  The NYPD is pulling out all the stops to beef up safety of the subways.  On Thursday it launched a new anti-terror effort called "Operation Torch," but the cost of the program is raising some eyebrows.  The NYPD's new firepower consists of cops with Mp5 submachine guns, rifles, body armor and bomb-sniffing dogs.

New Operation to Put Heavily Armed Officers in Subways.  In the first counterterrorism strategy of its kind in the nation, roving teams of New York City police officers armed with automatic rifles and accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs will patrol the city's subway system daily, beginning next month, officials said on Friday [2/1/2008].  Under a tactical plan called Operation Torch, the officers will board trains and patrol platforms….

The Editor says...
The subways must be really dangerous if the cops carry machine guns.  What's next, fixed bayonets?

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State.  Commuters who ride PATCO trains between southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should expect random searches of their clothing, pockets, bags and vehicles on their morning trip to work.  Twelve Transportation Security Administration screeners, armed with an explosive-sniffing K-9, checked 663 commuter bags randomly selected from the morning rush at the Lindenwold station Tuesday [9/7/2010]. ... "We can conduct any kind of search we want," said [Delaware River Port Authority Police Chief David] McClintock.

Airport-style searches are now spreading all over town.
Metro Randomly Inspects Passengers' Bags.  At Braddock Metro, one man was stopped for about 8 minutes because there was some sort of chemical substance on his bag.  Police X-rayed the bag, finding nothing.  They also took his identification and questioned him.  Another woman, who did not object to the bag screening, was stopped for 45 seconds.  She missed her train as her bag of Christmas presents was searched.

All Metro stations to get surveillance cameras.  Metro will install surveillance cameras outside all 86 rail stations in an effort to curtail rising crime, officials said Thursday [3/24/2011].  The project will be paid for with a $2.8 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn said.  The money will buy 153 color cameras.

Boston transit police begin passenger ID stops.  Although officials would release few details about the initiative, the identity checks will mark the first time local rail and subway passengers will be asked to produce identification and be questioned about their activities.

San Francisco Steps Up Transit Surveillance.  San Francisco's Municipal Transit Authority has announced it will deploy 288 surveillance cameras equipped with special software to monitor suspicious behavior in the city's buses, trains, and 12 transport hubs.  The cameras will be outfitted with BRS Labs' AISight artificial intelligence software, which is programmed to recognize "normal" behavior.  Activities not meeting these criteria are deemed suspicious and activate a text message or phone call to MTA guards.  Each camera reportedly is able to monitor 150 suspects simultaneously.

It's Mayor Do-Wrong.  The longest, loneliest ride ever taken by Mayor Bloomberg came Monday [11/5/2012], when Hizzoner, proving he's down with the little people, boarded a packed subway train for the journey downtown to City Hall.  But the goodwill gesture erupted into farce.  Bloomberg was picked up at his East 79th Street town house by a Chevy Suburban and, bypassing the local No. 6 train, he settled into the No. 5 express at 59th, reading the Financial Times while surrounded by six bodyguards.

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Apparently one or two bodyguards would not have been enough for the mayor.  What does that tell you about the New York subways?

Health and safety concerns


Severed human leg found on subway [tracks] in the Bronx, NYPD says.  A subway operator found a severed human leg on the tracks in the Bronx borough, according to the New York Police Department.  The leg was found on Saturday afternoon at about 1 p.m. on the northbound No. 4 subway line between 170th and 167th streets in the neighborhood of Mount Eden, according to police.  "The leg was removed and the investigation remains ongoing," read a statement from the NYPD.  Investigators are trying to find out who the leg belongs to and how it got on the tracks.  The leg has been turned over to the city's medical examiner as part of the investigation.

NYC rat on never-ending climb up descending subway escalator sparks 'Rocky,' 'Sisyphus' jokes.  It was a rat race to nowhere.  A New York City rat is being compared to "Sisyphus" after it was spotted making a never-ending climb up a descending escalator.  A clip of the rat's futile-seeming ascent has racked up over 2.2 million views on TikTok in just two days.  The clip, uploaded Wednesday ago by TikTokker Jimmy James, shows the game rodent hopping up the steps of a down-bound escalator in the subway as the "Rocky" theme plays in the background.  As the camera zooms out, it becomes apparent that the rat's race to the top is in vain:  The rapidly-descending steps make it so the critter's effectively hopping in place no matter how hard he tries.

UW study:  Traces of illegal drugs are lingering on public transit vehicles.  A new study confirms illegal drugs are being used on Pacific Northwest public transit, and traces of those drugs are sticking around in those vehicles.  University of Washington (UW) researchers looked at air and surface samples from 11 buses and 19 train cars over 28 nights and they detected fentanyl in about 25% of the air samples and 46% of the surface samples taken from busses and trains.  Methamphetamine turned up in nearly all of the samples, including 100% taken from the air.

This Is The Reason The Subways Smell.  Things are getting so out of hand in the NYC subways, you can't even get through the turnstiles to make it to the train you're going to get pushed in front of these days.  The homeless problem is getting more and more disgusting by the day.  [Video clip]

In The NYC Subway, Cops Are Finding Dead Homeless People Everywhere.  Video shows NYPD finding a dead, homeless man at the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer station.  Initial indications say it was an overdose.  [Video clip]

Minneapolis transit disaster.  Metro Transit had been lusting for a light rail line and getting nowhere until Jesse Ventura was elected governor.  He loved the idea because as a wrestler he rode the light rail in Atlanta to go bar hopping.  You could get drunk at a bunch of bars and take the train.  Sounded good to him.  The Metropolitan Council had another reason:  they wanted people out of cars even when they weren't drunk.  They were going after "choice riders" — people who could take cars but might take a train instead.  It's a stupid idea, but they had a plan:  quit building roads and put the money into trains.  If you make driving painful enough, maybe people will choose an alternative.  Trains have a mystique, they argued, even if they are far less practical than buses.  Trains are hideously expensive to build (as much as 100x per mile compared to roads), but are easy to manage.  No route changes, fewer drivers, and the money comes primarily from the feds. [...] The trains have never been used much, but 20 years after being built the light rail is a cesspool.

Never Sleep On The NYC Subway!  NYC subways have seen as many bizarre passengers as strange behaviour, and plenty of shocking videos from inside the trains have gone viral.  Finding a rat creeping on us while we are sleeping is the most terrifying nightmare we could possibly experience!  However, a man was relaxing in a metro when a rodent jumped on top of him, scaring the spectators watching the viral video.  [Video clip]

Missing deaf, mute woman found in NYC after living on subways for three weeks.  The deaf, mute and autistic woman who vanished after getting released from a Queens hospital on Christmas Eve was found Saturday — and survived by living on the subways for three weeks.  Samantha Primus' sister Ghislaine Primus and two good Samaritans located the missing woman at the Bowling Green station in Lower Manhattan after getting a tip she was riding the 1 train.  "My heart fell, my heart fell," Ghislaine said at an evening press conference.  Samantha was dehydrated, 10 pounds lighter and had swollen feet, she said.

Boston transit agency to try urine sensors on elevators.  Urine trouble no more, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority hopes, with a new program to tackle public urination in system elevators with technology.  The MBTA, which services Boston and the surrounding area, is launching a pilot program this summer in which urine detection sensors will be placed in four downtown elevators.  The sensors alert transit ambassadors, who can dispatch a cleaning crew, the Boston Herald reported.  The sensors on the ceiling of an elevator have an attached fan, which allows them to suck in air and "basically smell what is present," said Meghan Collins, a program/projects manager for MBTA.  The pilot kicks off in August.

Boston tries to clean up the urine in its transit system.  One of my rules of thumb is that successful cultures have good public lavatories and can prevent public urination and defecation from becoming a problem.  The fact that Boston's transit authority is trying to figure out, not how to stop people from urinating in the elevators, but just how to track urine so that the transit authority can clean it up speaks both to societal decay and to modern America's helplessness in the face of this decay.  In my travels through Europe, Asia, and parts of the Middle East, when a country was in good shape or ascending towards prosperity, it had clean, safe, and functional public restrooms.  (Japan, of course, consistently has the best public restrooms, complete with heated seats and toilets that play pretty music to hide more earthy sounds.)  When a country is heading downwards or is already down, the public restroom situation is dire and the streets become the bathroom of choice for many.

Yet another beyond-disgusting act captured on the New York subway.  One of the givens when Democrats are in charge is that bodily waste becomes a huge factor in their style of governance and communication.  The two most recent examples occurred in the New York City subways.  Last week, as I'm sure you recall, a man smeared a woman with his fecal matter.  This week, a homeless man prone on a subway seat emptied his bladder all over the floor.  It's a disgusting story (obviously) but worth noticing because it is so consistent with ascendant Democrats.

MTA Bus Drivers are Being told to Come in Work Even if [they] Test Positive For COVID.  The MTA is the latest business the government owns that is feeling the reprecussions of all of the COVID lockdowns.  Now the MTA is telling their drivers to come into work even if you test positive for COVID because there are too many drivers calling out.  Clearly it's not that big of a deal if the MTA is telling you even if you test positive to still come in and spread COVID to all of your passengers.  [Video clip]

A drunk urinating on a New York train.  [Video clip]

Fearful London:  Falls Soar as People Scared of Catching Covid from Handrails.  Escalator falls at tube stations have increased because Britons are frightened of catching coronavirus if they hold onto the handrails, a London Underground official has said.  Managing Director of London Underground Andy Lord told a Transport for London (TfL) safety panel said the underground railway's biggest risk of harm is:  "falls on escalators caused by people who don't hold the handrail.  There is an issue with the perception that the handrail is not clean because of the pandemic."

MTA slow to clear clogged subway drains, watchdog report says: '15 years to clean the entire system'.  It takes the MTA up to 15 years to clean each of the subway's 10,000 gunked-up drains, according to a report published Thursday [9/2/2021] by the agency's inspector general.  But a new system could streamline the process and help keep the city's 418 miles of underground electrified subway track dry, the MTA says.  "NYC Transit's annual goal for track drain cleaning is currently 150,000 linear feet.  However, with 418 miles of drains in the system, this figure represents only 7% of the total," the report states.  "[A]t that pace Infrastructure would require approximately 15 years to clean the entire system."  The IG report recommends MTA officials use data already collected on the drains to build a "drain-cleaning frequency algorithm" to determine "which areas will be cleaned more frequently than others and when they should be cleaned" as well as "how long it takes a given drain box to clog again after being cleaned."

New Yorkers wade through underground lakes as subway stations flood.  Heavy rains caused titanic-level floods at several Big Apple train stations Thursday — forcing some desperate New Yorkers to wade through subterranean lakes just to get on with their commute.  Shocking video showed a woman walking into waist-deep water as she attempted to reach the platform at the 157th Street No. 1 train station in Washington Heights.  [Video clip]

De Blasio Is Turning New York City Into a Toilet.  The Rolling Stones song "Shattered" is about all the things Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't like about New York City: drug dealers, bedbugs, and people dressed in plastic bags directing traffic.  Some kind of fashion.  That was nothing.  As if a rash of subway slashings aren't enough, straphanger struggles took a nasty turn when a homeless man in a subway station decided to relieve himself in an unsuspecting janitor's bucket — in front of anyone that happened to be passing by.  Fortunately for the passersby, the New York subway still has a mask mandate.  The man let go on an "L" train (not to be confused with the "El" or "elevated train) subway platform.  The "L" train is the line that delivers hipsters to and from the ground zero of woke neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  You get what you vote for, hippies.

Andrew Cuomo defies CDC guidance, orders New Yorkers to keep masks on.  From the man who seeded nursing homes with COVID patients under penalty of law, we now hear from him to keep our masks on, breathing our own germs over and over, and never mind what the Centers for Disease Control says. [...] Places like Texas and Florida have long dropped their mask mandates and seen positive results, but Cuomo clings to the old mask and lockdown culture, even when the leftist CDC says 'don't.'  In New York City's case, his logic is particularly absurd.  New York City residents have been riding that tight-packed subway for more than a year in this pandemic, a system so packed no mask is ever going to help.  The city saw a giant COVID surge at the beginning of the pandemic, quite likely as a result of this, and then suddenly, a lot less, becoming one of the first cities in the country to show evidence of herd immunity after all that riding.

Woman Claims She Took Her Mask Off Because She Doesn't Feel Well, Riders Urge Her To Jump From Moving Train.  Welcome to Long Island folks.  Where loud-mouths and short fuses run head-on into each other every 38 seconds or so.  The woman yelling was being told by the train car to put her mask back on after removing it because she felt ill.  The riders tell get to GTF off the train, even urging her to jump off as the train sped towards its next stop.  The virus that is the fear of COVID is worse than the sickness.  [Video clip]

Unconscious Woman Lays On Subway Floor As A Mouse Eats Out Of Her Mouth.  This disturbing video is making its rounds on social media depicting a young woman who seems to have passed out from substance abuse in a Montreal subway.  As she lays on the floor unconscious, not only does no one seem to help, she is visited by a lone mouse, which proceeds to start eating out of her mouth.  [Video clip]

NYC subway hours extend on Monday, MTA will give riders two masks to double up face coverings.  It's good news for late night straphangers — and riders who need fresh face masks.  The city's overnight subway shutdown will be scaled back starting early Monday, with passengers not allowed to ride from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. instead of the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. closure that went into place May 6.  At the same time, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said transit crews would help riders meet new guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention by giving out a second mask to anyone who asks.

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A chicken-wire fence won't keep mosquitos out.  Two back-to-back chicken-wire fences won't either.

New York City/New Jersey subway PM2.5 levels 77 times greater than EPA standards; No bodies found.  A new study reports on PM2.5 (soot/dust) levels in subway stations.  The New York City and New Jersey PATH system had a mean level of 779 micrograms per cubic meter — 65 times higher than the EPA's outdoor air standard of 12 micrograms per cubic meter.  The highest level measured (1,499 micrograms per cubic meter) is almost 50% higher than the worst air in any Chinese city that we know about.  Onboard air quality PM 2.5 measurements were lower but still on average 30 times higher than EPA standards.  In 2018, PATH carried 81.7 million passengers, about 280,000 per week day.  Keeping in mind that the EPA says that any exposure to PM 2.5 can kill you within hours, where are the bodies?  Why aren't governments calling for an immediate shutdown of subway service?

The CDC's National Face Mask Mandate For Public Transport Starts Tuesday.  Starting Monday, just before midnight, there's a new mandate taking effect and it's on the national level rather than the usual state and municipal orders we've been seeing.  Anyone taking public transportation of any kind is not to be allowed to travel without wearing a face mask.  The order applies to airplanes, buses, trains, subways, seaports, transportation hubs, taxis, and ride-sharing vehicles.  The order is coming from the CDC, but you know that it wouldn't have gone out without running it past the White House first.  Also, this goes much further than President Biden's first executive order which only covered travel on federal property.  (Though he seems to have trouble obeying it himself.)  This order applies everywhere in the fifty states.  So it seems that the days of the federal government allowing the individual states to decide what works best for them are over.  It's just another day in Big Government America.

NYC mayor:  Restaurants need to close, but everyone should ride the subway.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that subways are safe and encouraged New Yorkers to use mass transit on the same day he said the city should be ready for a full shutdown after restaurants were ordered to halt indoor dining amid a surge of coronavirus cases.  Speaking at his daily briefing Monday, de Blasio said, "it is important to let people know the subways are safe."  Prompted by a reporter, he floated the idea of setting an example by riding the subway himself to show there's nothing to fear, similar to how he plans to publicly take the COVID-19 vaccine, the New York Post reports.  "I like the idea of having a period of time to really emphasize to people that they're safe, by being out there," he said.

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Germs in the air are inconsequential compared to the likelihood of being mugged on the subway, or pushed in front of a train.

Mayor de Blasio will ride subway to prove it's safe amid COVID-19.  Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday [12/14/2020] agreed to set an example and eschew his SUV and driver to ride the subway in a bid to encourage more New Yorkers to get back onto mass transit despite the coronavirus pandemic.  "It is important to let people know the subways are safe," the mayor said during his daily briefing, in response to a reporter's suggestion that he ride mass transit for a week to show it's safe, just as he plans to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Of course the subway is always safe for the mayor, because he's surrounded by cops.

Scientists say public transport may not be a major source of coronavirus spread after all.  Catching coronavirus on public transport is far less likely than once feared, fresh data suggests.  Trains, buses and planes were earmarked as potential Covid-19 hotspots by experts around the world at the start of the crisis.  This is because Covid-19 thrives in enclosed indoor spaces with little ventilation and densely packed crowds of people.  But research suggests that, if masks are worn and social distancing is adhered to, the chance of the virus spreading on public transport is minimal.  Contact tracing studies looking into hundreds of Covid-19 clusters in France, Austria and Japan linked fewer than 1 percent of 'super-spreader' events back to public transport.

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The trains in Japan are notorious for overcrowding, to the extent that there are "pushers" whose job is to push people into the trains before the doors close.  [Video clip]  Thus it is highly unlikely that anyone conducted a study and found that if "social distancing is adhered to," the virus doesn't spread on mass transit vehicles.  There is no six-foot "social distancing" on overcrowded mass transit vehicles.

What Social Distancing?  House Transportation Bill Would Pack Americans on Mass Transit.  For months, the news media and health experts have repeatedly told Americans that the main way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid crowded and enclosed spaces.  That guidance led to a nationwide shutdown of churches, schools, businesses, and other places of public gathering, causing the greatest disruption to our way of life in generations.  It seems like a bad time to pack as many people as possible into crowded and enclosed spaces.  Yet that's precisely the goal of the surface-transportation bill recently unveiled in the House, which would sharply increase federal spending on mass transit.

Stopping Petty Tyrannies Is How We Beat the Serious Ones.  As former California state Rep. Chuck DeVore wrote for The Federalist, states with a higher amount of mass transit generally have had a higher number of COVID-19 cases than other states, even taking into consideration urban density.  Perhaps we are lucky that the Green New Dealers didn't get their wish to end car and air travel and force Americans to switch to rail.

What Spread Coronavirus in New York City?  The Subways.  One hundred eighty-four thousand cases and counting.  New York City now has one out of every eight confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the United States.  Far more cases than Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Seattle and Houston combined.  More cases than the Lombardy region of Italy, the Community of Madrid and the Province of Tehran combined.  [Paywall]

Historic New York City subway shutdown for cleaning deemed 'successful'.  The first deliberate shutdown of the New York City subway system in 115 years was deemed "successful" by transit officials on Wednesday [5/6/2020], after a small army of cleaners disinfected trains, and police officers, social workers and nurses helped remove many of the homeless population that had been sheltering underground during the pandemic.  The mission to make the normally 24-hour transit service safe for essential workers to ride commenced at 1 a.m., and by 5 a.m. the crews had deep-cleaned all the trains in the system and mobilized alternative shuttle buses during that four-hour window, officials said.

New York City, epicenter of coronavirus in US, is just now getting around to disinfecting the subway trains daily.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City this week to figure out a way to disinfect the subways trains every 24 hours.  The news here is not so much the governor's request but the fact that New York City was not already doing daily cleanings of the trains that shuttle millions of riders back and forth every day.  It is additionally newsworthy that it took a request from the governor in late April for transportation officials even to consider coming up with a 24-hour strategy for disinfecting the city's sprawling germ tubes.

Coronavirus News:  NYC subway service to halt overnight so trains can be cleaned.  A new subway cleaning plan was unveiled Thursday that involves a complete suspension of overnight service after Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered officials to figure out how to "disinfect every train every night."  "When people get into the train in the morning, they have to know that train was disinfected the night before," Cuomo said.

Good News:  After 13,000 Deaths, NYC Finally Ready To Disinfect Subway Cars Daily.  So soon?  I was thinking we could wait until there are 20,000 dead to begin minimally responsible sanitation efforts on a turbo-charged viral incubator like subway cars.  Millions of people packed in cheek by jowl in a cramped space, day after day at the start of the epidemic, with only sporadic disinfectant procedures until now.  At this point it'd probably be more cost-effective to skip the cleaning and just inject passengers with the virus as they come through the turnstiles.

NYC subway conductors report filthy and unsanitary conditions as the homeless take over during pandemic.  Subway conductors in New York City say conditions have worsened as the homeless have taken over the few transportation lines still open, and are using them as toilets.  "There is an astronomical amount of homeless people now in the subway," said MTA train conductor Tramell Thompson said to WLNY-CBS.  "The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now the Metropolitan Transmission Authority," he added.  "They are transporting this virus."  The subway has remained open in order to provide service to essential workers like doctors and nurses, but conductors say this has allowed the homeless to move in and use the trains as shelters.

Stir crazy.  Democrat governors and mayors are going nuts with power.  The pandemic panic has them turning into King George IIIs.  He had an excuse.  He was mentally ill.  For some reason, parks and beaches are closed across the nation but subways aren't.  I fail to see how being 60 feet away from anyone on the shore is a public health threat, but being jammed in a rapid transit car is perfectly OK.

MTA workers dying from coronavirus at triple the rate of agencies that employ NYC first responders.  Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire through the MTA's workforce, killing the agency's employees at three times the combined rate of the city police and fire departments, which employ first responders like cops and EMS crews.  At least 41 members of the MTA's 71,000-strong work force have died from COVID-19 over the last two weeks.  That compares with 11 NYPD employees and two FDNY employees — agencies that together employ about 72,000 people, roughly as many as the MTA.

Detroit bus driver, who ranted about a coughing passenger, dies from coronavirus.  A Detroit bus driver who had expressed anger on Facebook about a coughing passenger has died from COVID-19, officials said Thursday.  Jason Hargrove felt ill about four days after posting a passionate video on social media on March 21.  He died Wednesday, said Glenn Tolbert, the head of the drivers union.  Hargrove, 50, posted a profanity-laced video complaining about a woman who he said had repeatedly coughed while on his bus.  The coronavirus can spread through air droplets after people cough or sneeze.  The woman was not in the video.

Boston train pulled from service after rider licks car amid coronavirus outbreak.  An entire train in greater Boston's public transit system was pulled from service because a rider licked a car amid the coronavirus pandemic, transit officials said.  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority took a southbound Orange Line train out of service early Friday in an "abundance of caution" after a passenger spotted someone allegedly licking a train at Tufts Medical Center Station in Boston, spokeswoman Lisa Battiston said.  "Transit Police were notified of the alleged incident," Battiston wrote in an email.

The crowded Metro Train in Cairo City during Coronavirus outbreak.  Cairo, Egypt.  [Video clip]

Chinese Man Tests Positive For Hantavirus From Rats After Dying On Bus Full of Passengers.  The Year of the Rat is upon us.  "A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday," Chinese state media outlet Global Times reported Monday on Twitter.  "He was tested positive for #hantavirus.  Other 32 people on bus were tested."

Man who died on bus in China tests positive for 'hantavirus'.  A passenger who died on a bus in China has tested positive for a completely different virus than COVID-19 — one more fatal that often produces very similar symptoms, according to state-run media.  The unidentified victim from Yunnan province died while on a chartered bus heading to his workplace in Shandong province, the state-run Global Times announced in a tweet Monday [3/23/2020].  "He was tested positive for #hantavirus.  Other 32 people on bus were tested," the outlet stated, offering no further details.

Life in the Time of Wuhan.  For many decades big government proponents have worked and spent fortunes of tax revenues to wean Americans from their cars and onto public transportation, and it is now an "obvious fact that crowded subways and buses are the worst thing in the face of a new, extremely contagious respiratory virus."  The same can be said of the misguided (indeed, in my view, idiotic) war on plastic bags by blue state and local politicians.

Mass Transit, The Pandemic Petri Dish The Left Loves.  For decades and decades, politicians who propose and promote big government have done all they could to wean Americans off the convenience and freedom of cars and pack them like sardines into subways and buses, so they may travel to and from work in communal harmony.  As George Will has written, "the real reason for progressives' passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans' individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism."  Will added, "Automobiles encourage people to think they — unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted — are masters of their fates.  The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make."

Let's Talk About Joe Biden's Terrible, Economy-Destroying Ideas.  By all means, we should talk about this, because it's nuts.  What powers the high-speed rail?  Does it run on hope and change?  As a contagious virus spreads across the world, shutting down whole economies in its wake, Biden wants to force us all onto trains and remove our ability to move around independently of a mass-transit system.  That's nuts.  Deadly stupid.  Those trains would be viral hotboxes.

No 1 problem:  Mexico City's subway escalators being corroded by urine.  Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation: vast amounts of pee.  Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.  In a list published on Tuesday [1/14/2020], the Metro system listed "corrosion due to urine" as one of the top five causes of escalator breakdowns.

The left's love affair with public transit collides headlong into its homeless problem in Seattle.  It's well-known that the left is all-in for forcing the public out of their cars and into public transit. [...] The virtue-signaling of public transit is no match for the sanitation and smell problems that come of the left's championing of the interests of the homeless.  The causes collide.  Just as there's no compatibility between open immigration and the welfare state, two other causes the left champions, there's also no compatibility between mass public transit and quality of life issues.

Seattle bus riders rail against 'gagging' human waste smell from homeless.  There's a recurring complaint with King County Metro customers:  The buses or bus stops smell of human waste. [...] As a frequent bus user, I've experienced some of the same observations on routes 70 and 8.  The bus or bus stop can sometimes smell as if it's been used as a toilet.

MTA is paying outside contractors $9.5M to deep clean subway cars and stations.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is paying outside contractors $9.5 million to clean 3,000 subway cars and 100 stations, the Daily News reported last week.  While the transit agency currently employs thousands of station cleaners, the MTA is contracting the dirty job out because the cleaning, as an MTA spokesperson told the News, is a "level of work that our maintenance employees do not perform."  The deep clean falls under the agency's emergency $836 million "Subway Action Plan" released in July 2017.

Filthy train
This may be New York City's most disgusting subway car.  Repugnant video posted to Instagram last week shows a southbound 2 train at the Allerton Avenue stop in the Bronx that looks like it would be far more at home in the Fresh Kill's landfill.  Mushrooming mounds of trash — newspapers, plastic bags, and discarded bottles, wrappers, personal belongings — carpet nearly half the car, as the handful of passengers seem oblivious to the revolting conditions.

Used syringes are littering this Upper Manhattan subway station.  Junkies have turned an upper Manhattan subway station into a squalid drug den — brazenly shooting up on the platform and littering the place with their used syringes.  Outraged neighborhood residents say heroin addicts have all but taken over the West 181st Street station at St.  Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights, and complain that officials are ignoring the latest symptom of the city's spiraling opioid crisis.

San Francisco:  Now so bad, it'll make you cry.  Twentieth-century San Francisco, Herb Caen's beloved Baghdad by the Bay, has ceased to exist.  It has been replaced by a city where the sidewalks around Market Street are, in places, caked in feces, urine, and vomit.  The stink as you emerge from the BART batters you like frozen sleet, shocking and overwhelming.  The hordes of homeless, sprawled in doorways and sleeping on the sidewalks, are a bitterly eclectic mixture of the mentally deranged; burnt out druggies; dead-eyed hippies; con artists; pickpockets; and hundreds of simply lost, forgotten souls. [...] As I walked the three blocks back to the BART, I was panhandled four times, plus two clumsy pickpocket attempts.  I didn't see a single cop in a car or on foot.

L.A. Metro May Put Showers for Homeless People near Stations.  The Los Angeles Metro may put showers for homeless people near some of its stations, after the board of directors approved a resolution last Thursday to study the issue over the next four months.

Homeless may get mobile showers at Los Angeles Metro stations.  As the homeless population continues to grow in Los Angeles, the agency that operates public transportation in the county is considering putting showers in or near some of its train stations in an effort to promote hygiene.  Metro's Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion on Thursday following a four-month study to examine a pilot hygiene and mobile shower program, which would also examine incorporating public restrooms at all new rail stations on the system.

As waves of homeless descend onto trains, L.A. tries a new strategy: social workers on the subway.  The Metro system has been a refuge for homeless people for decades.  But as Los Angeles County's homeless population has surged, reaching more than 58,000 people last year, the sanitation and safety problems on trains and buses are approaching what officials and riders say are crisis levels.  People looking for warm, dry places to sleep have barricaded themselves inside emergency exit stairwells in stations, leaving behind trash and human waste.  Elevator doors coated in urine have stuck shut.  Mentally ill and high passengers have assaulted bus drivers and other riders.

San Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism.  The overwhelming smell of urine on parts of Mission Street and Market Street would make your nose bleed.  I recall the first time I rode BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco's subway system) and was nearly knocked over by the sheer stench of the station.  I was surprised to learn that exiting the station supplied little to no relief — the urine smell hangs heavy in the more populated areas of the city and is nearly inescapable.

Motion sickness?  Claustrophobia?  Vegetarian?  Good news for you!
KFC Japan offering 'low-smell' fried chicken for commuters to eat on the train.  Ever the innovators, KFC Japan has introduced an all-new item that customers probably weren't sure they even wanted in the first place.  Following such inventions as chicken-flavored nail polish and "finger sleeves" to protect customers' hands, KFC Japan has debuted a "low-smell" version of its signature fried chicken, according to Sora News 24.

New Yorkers can agree on one thing: the subway stinks.  When you're rushing to work in the morning and you need to catch a train, it can be infuriating to be late due to delays.  However, this is a harsh reality for many commuters in New York City.  From what they say, the trains are rarely on time, and they frequently break down.  Another common complaint about the subways is their lack of cleanliness.

Which city has the germiest cabs, buses and trains?  Whether it's hopping on a city bus or hailing a taxi, public transportation has the reputation of being a bacteria hotbed.  But are all cities equally grimy?  Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team used a bacteria meter to test public transportation systems across New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago to see how dirty they really are.  Health experts say anything over 100 is a fail.  Are buses cleaner than subways?  What about taxis?

Panic on NY subway train as crickets, worms let loose.  A woman who said she was selling crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car appeared to become frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters loose on riders, then urinated on herself, according to social media posts and news reports.  Riders on the subway train were locked in close quarters with the bugs for half an hour during rush hour on Wednesday evening [8/24/2016] after a passenger pulled the train's emergency brake while they were on the Manhattan Bridge.  Two days later, on Friday, a woman who identified herself as Zaida Pugh came forward, saying she staged the episode as a prank to raise awareness of how people treat the homeless.  She said she is an actress and was not concerned about a backlash from inconvenienced commuters.

Woman admits crickets, worms spilling on subway was a stunt.  A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank.

Metro subway smoke: union sues to reinstate fired mechanic.  A union that represents the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has filed a lawsuit to reinstate a mechanic fired last year over a deadly smoke incident inside a subway car.

Rat Crawls Up Sleeping Subway Rider's Neck.  Here's another reason to not sleep on the subway.  Video captured aboard a 7 train in Manhattan shows a rat crawl up an apparently clueless, sleeping man.  When the rodent makes his way to the man's neck, he wakes up and shrieks in horror, the video shows.  [Video clip]

Audit: New York City Subway Tracks Filthy, Overrun With Rats.  An audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has revealed that subway tracks are filled with rats, dirt and garbage.  The audit found only 3 percent of tracks in 276 underground stations were cleaned according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's own standards, which include cleaning track beds at underground stations every three weeks and using special equipment to vacuum up trash from the tracks every six months.

Among New York Subway's Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes.  Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College released a study on Thursday that mapped DNA found in New York's subway system — a crowded, largely subterranean behemoth that carries 5.5 million riders on an average weekday, and is filled with hundreds of species of bacteria (mostly harmless), the occasional spot of bubonic plague, and a universe of enigmas.  Almost half of the DNA found on the system's surfaces did not match any known organism and just 0.2 percent matched the human genome.

Obama Repeats: You Can't Get Ebola on a Bus — [a] Day After [a] Bus [was] Quarantined in D.C..  On Saturday — one day after a bus that had departed from the Pentagon was quarantined on Capitol Hill in an Ebola false alarm — President Barack Obama issued a video message to Americans telling them that "you cannot get it [Ebola] from just riding on a plane or a bus."  "Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch.  It's not transmitted through the air like the flu," Obama said in his weekly video message.  "You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus."

Ebola scare at Pentagon after woman vomits in parking lot.  The Pentagon confirmed an Ebola scare on Friday in one of its parking lots when a woman vomited after getting off a bus headed to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony.  The Pentagon said the woman was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was isolated.  A spokesman for the local health authority said it was still unclear, however, whether she would meet the criteria for Ebola testing.

Obama: You Can't Get Ebola 'Sitting Next to Someone on a Bus;' CDC: 'Avoid Public Transportation'.  Speaking in a video message to residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents can avoid the disease, including:  "You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus."  At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans who travel to the Ebola-stricken nations to "avoid public transportation."

42 percent of subway cars clean in 'shumtz' survey.  A new survey says the number of clean New York City subway cars has gone down since 2011.

Atlanta Transit Deters Public Peeing with Urine Detection Device.  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is no longer tolerating public urination in their transit system elevators.  Through the installation of a urine detection device (UDD), any splatter of urine will set off alarms and alert police to get to the elevator and catch the peeing perpetrators.  Improved lighting and cameras will also be installed to record offenders.

Rats Found at 13% of NY City Subway Platforms.  The Straphangers Campaign last summer surveyed every platform in the system to assess quality-of-life conditions like lighting, graffiti, exposed wiring — and the prevalence of rodents.  The scavenging critters were spotted at 21% of the underground platforms in the Bronx, compared to 15% in Brooklyn, 13% in Queens and 10% in Manhattan.  Bronx riders said rats sightings are common on the tracks where litterbugs throw their trash.

Greyhound bus to Manhattan from New Jersey is invaded by cockroaches.  Riders on a New York City-bound bus from New Jersey are reporting an invasion of cockroaches.  A passenger on a Manhattan-bound bus from Atlantic City told reporters that roaches started coming out of the vents inside the bus just 15 minutes into their Friday afternoon [3/15/2013] journey.  The passenger reports roaches could be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people.

America is Burning.  Two weeks ago, I visited New York City with my wife, who was interviewing at a local medical school located in the Bronx.  I dropped her at the school.  Since I was lacking a car, I hopped on a public bus, intending to take it to the local subway station.  I have never been so frightened for my country in my life.  The bus itself was fine; all the people on it had places to be.  It was the subway station that was truly scary.  The station itself looked like a bomb had hit it.  Debris covered the shattered tile floor.  The stench of vomit and urine permeated the place.  Rust layered the tracks; wooden boards between the tracks moldered into dust.

One sneeze, 150 colds for commuters.  Tissues at the ready.  A single sneeze in a busy area can end up infecting 150 people with a cold in just five minutes, new research suggests.  An analysis of the germs unleashed from a single commuter's sneeze showed that within minutes they are being passed on via escalator handrails or seats on trains and underground carriages.  At the busiest stations, one sneeze not smothered by a tissue or handkerchief will provide enough germs to infect another 150 commuters.

Woman dies mysteriously on Via train; others sick.  With hundreds of passengers aboard, many believed to be foreign tourists, a VIA Rail train remained under quarantine in a small northern Ontario town Friday afternoon after a 60-year-old woman was found dead in a passenger coach and six others complained of feeling unwell with a flu-like ailment.  It was unclear, however, whether the two sets of circumstances were connected.

Uneasy rider raises a stink.  Tossed off a city bus for refusing to change her fragrance, a local woman believes she was unfairly singled out just for trying to smell nice.  Natalie Kuhn was getting on her regular bus route yesterday, the No. 137 Dalhousie, when she said she was told by the driver he was no fan of her perfume, Very Irresistible by Givenchy, and she had to get off.

Chicago Train Riders Breathing Highly Toxic Air.  A devastating investigation by the Chicago Tribune is casting serious doubt on the environmental benefits of public transportation.  Day after day, the Tribune reported on November 5, "thousands of commuters are breathing high levels of toxic diesel pollution trapped in Chicago's two major rail stations and even inside the trains they ride."

Loose rat crawls up sleeping subway rider's leg.  The nightmare of every subway rider was caught on video after a chubby sewer rat crawled up the leg of a sleeping straphanger on a No. 4 train in Brooklyn and came face-to-face with the man.

Subway graffiti artist, 20, struck and killed by Manhattan-bound D train.  Cans of spray paint were found near the body of a 20-year-old graffiti artist who was struck and killed by a subway in Brooklyn early Monday [5/16/2011], police said.  The man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was hit by a Manhattan-bound D train at the 59th St. station.  Transit officials said the motorman tried to stop the train just after 5 a.m., but couldn't bring it to a halt in time.

The Editor says...
Graffiti is included here a safety issue, not only because of the risk to the "artists" but also because of the paint fumes lingering in the subway tunnels.

Woman forced to drop pants on New York subway train after giant rat runs up her trouser leg.  A woman was forced to drop her trousers in the middle of a packed rush hour subway train when a rat ran up her trouser leg.  Ana Vargas, 40, was sitting in the train at 7:50 am as it approached New York's Columbus Circle station when the terrifying rodent suddenly crawled up her leg.

Human waste shuts down BART escalators.  When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco's Civic Center Station last month, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team.  While the sheer volume of human waste was surprising, its presence was not.  Once the stations close, the bottom of BART station stairwells in downtown San Francisco are often a prime location for homeless people to camp for the night or find a private place to relieve themselves.  All those biological excretions can gum up the wheels and gears of BART's escalators, shutting them down for long periods of extended repairs, increasing station cleaning costs and creating an unpleasant aroma for morning commuters.


A Deer Crashes Through The Front Windshield Of A Bus, Injuring Three Passengers.  Deer injures three passengers and dies shortly after smashing through a bus windshield in Rhode Island.  The bus was traveling in Warwick when a deer suddenly leaped from Sachem Avenue, crashing into its windshield.  The deer had been running at a fast rate off the road before it jumped into the window.  [Video clip]

Tragic Train Collision in Czech Republic Kills Four, Injures 27.  A tragic collision between a passenger train and a freight train in Pardubice, Czech Republic, resulted in at least four fatalities and 27 injuries, authorities reported Thursday.  Interior Minister Vít Rakušan confirmed the accident occurred late Wednesday night, about 62 miles east of Prague.  The high-speed passenger train involved is operated by the private company RegioJet.  Rakušan noted that none of the injured passengers are in life-threatening condition.  Rescue operations revealed that 380 passengers were aboard the train, which was en-route to the city of Kosice in eastern Slovakia, and ultimately to Chop, Ukraine.  Among the deceased, at least two were Ukrainian women, as confirmed by Ukrainian officials.  A Ukrainian consular official is at the scene, maintaining contact with rescue and law enforcement agencies.

NYC Youths Subway Surf On Top Of Train Cars Regularly.  "Subway surfing" is becoming a growing trend among teenagers who will "surf" and run on top of moving trains.  The trend is common in New York City where teens risk their lives just for some views online.  One Manhattan mother is suing Meta, TT and the MTA after her son died while trying to pull off the stunt.  [Video clip]

Annoyed Passenger Drags Overdosed Man [Off] NYC Subway So The Train Can Move.  A fed-up subway passenger drags an unconscious body off of the subway in Manhattan so the train can start moving again.  This pretty much sums up NYC in 2024.  Almost none of the bystanders seemed concerned about the man's condition as this sort of occurrence has become part and parcel of living in New York City.  [Video clip]

Straphanger drags [unconscious passenger] off NYC subway in wild video — to help get train moving.  Wild video shows an impatient straphanger dragging the limp body of a drugged-up commuter off a subway car in an effort to jumpstart service.  The crazy clip, posted on X Friday, shows the person being dragged onto the platform at the 59th Street and Lexington Avenue station on March 7 as a crowd of commuters watch in horror.  William Parker originally posted the video on the day of the incident, but it has since gone viral.  He claimed the man moved the person from the train "in hopes that we moving."

South African coach plunged off a bridge into a ravine; 45 dead.  A [horridic] bus crash in South Africa has left 45 dead and only one survivor, an eight-year-old girl, who is being treated in hospital.  The bus plunged into a ravine after the driver lost control and collided with barriers on a bridge in the northeastern province of Limpopo, the transport ministry said.  It landed on a rocky surface some 50 metres below the bridge, known as the Mamatlakala Pass, before bursting into flames, according to reports.

Nearly two thousand electric buses worth £800 million face urgent recall over fears they could see burst into flames.  Safety watchdogs have ordered the recall of almost 2,000 electric buses over fears they can catch fire if left unattended.  The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has warned operators who use the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 and Enviro400 single and double decker buses of the critical safety issue.  The buses are currently operational across the UK, with more than 600 in London and a further 100 in Manchester.

Why American cities are squalid.  [Scroll down]  After crashing at a friend's house not far from JFK, I got up to take a 4:39 am subway train to the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan, so I could catch the first bus home.  The train, to be fair, was on time.  But it was filthy.  The carriages were mostly empty, except for three or four homeless guys in each who were either sleeping or passed-out.  The dozen or so of us who got on at the first stop chose our seats carefully, positioning ourselves close to each other, for safety, and as far as possible from the sprawled-out guys and their piles of trash and puddles of urine.  The train slowly filled at each subsequent stop, until it was standing room only.  I was seemingly the only person on the train who didn't have to be there.  Ride a NYC subway from the outer boroughs at 4am and you'll find that it's jammed with overnight construction workers, office cleaners, nannies, restaurant staff, hotel employees — all coming from late shifts, or going to early shifts, carrying tool bags, hard hats, work clothes.  The "help" coming in and out of the city.  United in fatigue and quiet frustration with the squalor, with the unconscious men taking up multiple seats.

NTSB investigates two Brightline train crashes at same crossing.  The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the site of two separate vehicle-train collisions that occurred this week in Melbourne, Florida.  Melbourne police on Friday said they responded to a crash involving a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Brightline train.  The two passengers in the pickup truck died in the collision, the report said.

14-year-old boy killed subway surfing in NYC, with devastating aftermath captured by Post photographer.  Witnesses told police that the teen had climbed atop a southbound F train as it approached the Avenue N stop, which sits along the border between the Borough Park and Midwood neighborhoods, and fell onto the tracks around 2:20 p.m.  He was then struck by an oncoming train, which tried to stop in time but could not, sources said.  The tragic toll of the dangerous stunt-gone-wrong was plainly visible in the moments after the accident.

New York City subway train derails in collision with another train, injuring more than 20 people.  A New York City subway train derailed Thursday after being sideswiped by another train, leaving more than 20 people with minor injuries including some who were brought to hospitals, city police said.  A 1 train and a Metropolitan Transportation Authority work train were both traveling northbound near the 96th Street station on Manhattan's Upper West Side when they sideswiped each other at about 3 p.m., police said at the scene.

515 Hospitalized, 102 Suffer Broken Bones In Chinese Subway Train Wreck.  Two subway trains collided Thursday in China, leading to 515 people being rushed to hospital, the New York Post reported.  The accident took place in the mountainous region of Beijing, according to the New York Post.  Among the hospitalized, 102 individuals suffered fractures, the outlet reported.  The collision was reportedly exacerbated by heavy snowfall.  The leading train engaged its automatic brakes due to slippery tracks, according to official reports, the New York Post reported.  The following train was descending a slope but failed to stop in time, resulting in a collision, according to the outlet.

Train Derailment in Southeastern Pakistan Leaves 30 Dead.  At least 30 people were killed and more than 80 injured when a Hazara Express train derailed in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province with passengers still in the cars.  Ten coaches have derailed, a Pakistani media reported on Sunday, adding that police have not yet announced the cause of the derailment.  Train traffic in the province has been halted as a result of the accident, and the cleanup could take up to 18 hours, the report said.

Defective train safety controls lead to bus rides for South Auckland commuters.  According to my layman's understanding of NZ media reports, a commuter train route from Hamilton, about 100km South, into Auckland has safety issues — specifically, trains have passed red on (at least) two occasions, once earlier this week.  The news reports are a little confusing, for instance claiming that the safety warning worked *but* drivers apparently ignored them, begging the obvious question about what it means by "worked".

America: Land of the Free, Home of the Deluded.  This writer was seated in a subway car in New York City and coughed twice.  The man sitting next to me became quite outraged.  I tried to reassure him by telling him that I did not have Covid or even a cold, but that I had just eaten three potato chips before I sat down, and the salt was the reason I coughed.  Nevertheless, his rage intensified.  He took off his hat and took a black cloth from his bag and pulled an Antifa-style hood over his head that covered every part of his face except his angry eyes.  His wrath based on his fear of catching a disease from me combined with his blaming of me for not wearing a mask was making him angrier by the second.  He could have solved his problem by simply moving away from me to another spot in the car, but instead he chose to manifest his rage.  If a man can put on an Antifa hood and fire arrows of hatred towards me from his eyes, how much worse will his reaction be if he fails a course in school or is not hired to work at a job for which he has applied?

29 Dead After Bus Plunges Into Southern Mexico Gulch: Report.  The driver of a passenger bus allegedly lost control and veered into a 75-foot gulch in southern Mexico Wednesday, the incident killing 29 people, according to The Associated Press (AP).  The crash reportedly occurred in Mexico's indigenous Mixteca region in the southern state of Oaxaca.  The passengers appeared to be mostly manual laborers who worked in the capital and were returning home to their villages, according to The AP.

India train crash: More than 120 dead after Odisha incident.  More than 120 people are now known to have been killed and 850 injured in a multiple train collision in India's eastern Odisha state, officials say.  More than 200 ambulances were sent to the scene in Balasore district, says Odisha's chief secretary Pradeep Jena.  One passenger train is thought to have derailed before being struck by another on the adjacent track late on Friday.

Note To Self, NEVER Take Public Transportation In India.  At 9:39 am local time on April 20, on the streets of Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, a bus threw two passengers out of the rear window due to road bumps.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
Apparently the bus was packed with passengers, and when it hit a speed bump, a couple of the guys in the back (who were probably up against the back window already) were ejected into the street.

NYC subway-track deaths soar, driven by social-media dares.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had distressing news last week: Deaths on subway-train tracks soared in 2022, to 88.  It's a little-remarked element of our post-2020 era of disorder and chaos.  A poorly secured transit system presents an acute danger to New York's most vulnerable citizens, including people suffering from addiction and mental illness.  In a functional city, rail transit is the safest form of moving from one place to another.  But as with everything else in New York in the past three years, things went awry.  Last year's 88 track deaths were 35% above the 2018 and 2019 averages — 65 each year.

L.A. riders bail on Metro trains amid 'horror' of deadly drug overdoses, crime.  Matthew Morales boarded the Metro Red Line at MacArthur Park as classical music blared over the station loudspeakers.  It was rush hour on a Tuesday afternoon, and Morales made his way to a back corner seat and unfolded a tiny piece of foil with several blue shards of fentanyl.  As the train started west, he heated the aluminum with a lighter and sucked in the smoke through a pipe fashioned from a ballpoint pen.  Doors opened and closed.  A few passengers filed in and out.  A grain of the opioid fell to the floor.  He concentrated on trying to pick it up, then lost track, as his body went limp.  His shoulders slumped and he slowly keeled forward.  By the time the train arrived at the Wilshire/Western station, Morales, 29, was doubled over and near motionless, his hand on the floor.  The train operator walked out of the cabin, barely glancing at him as she passed — as if she encountered such scenes all the time.

Mom mourns teen son killed subway surfing between Brooklyn and Manhattan.  The heartbroken mother of a 15-year-old boy killed while subway surfing on a train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge remembered her son as a "good kid," as she urged fellow parents to be aware of the dangerous and potentially deadly trend.  Zackery Nazario "was a very nice kid.  Old soul, very mature.  Good kid, good kid," grieving mom Norma Nazario told PIX11 News.  The teen boy was killed Monday evening while riding atop a Manhattan-bound J train headed over the Williamsburg Bridge, according to authorities.

The Editor says...
I understand that a eulogy is not an affadavit, and I sympathize with his mother, but if this teenager was wise and mature, he wouldn't have been riding on top of an electric train.

Wild Video Shows NYPD Officer Save A Man Who Fell On The Subway Tracks.  Two police officers and a Good Samaritan saved a man who had fallen off of a subway platform and down onto the tracks on Thanksgiving Day in Manhattan.  The officers were on patrol on a platform at the 116th Street station in East Harlem around 4 p.m. when they heard a commotion on the opposite platform.  "I noticed a few people in the train making a commotion and then I heard a loud scream,["] said officer Brunel Victor.  Victor and his partner, Taufique Bokth did not know what it was[,] but immediately sprung into action.  [Video clip]

Multiple people are feared dead after Amtrak train derails near Kansas City.  Missouri officials have declared a 'large fatality event' after a passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago hit a dump truck that was blocking a public crossing and completely derailed on Monday [6/27/2022].  Three people are dead — including two on the train and one in the dump truck — after the train's eight cars and its two locomotives came off the tracks, officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.  At least 50 people were injured in derailment, first responders told CNN.  At least nine patients were being taken to a University of Missouri Health Care hospital in Columbia, Missouri, about 90 miles away, several of them arriving by helicopter.

15 Year Old In Critical Condition After Gets His Head Bashed While Train Surfing In NYC.  A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after hitting his head while subway surfing on top of a New York City train Thursday evening, officials say.  Police responded to the 111th Street station at Roosevelt Avenue in Queens at 6:08 p.m. and found the teenager unconscious on top of a 7 train heading southbound, the New York City Police Department said.  The boy was believed to have been riding on top of the train car as it entered the station and struck his head on "an unknown object" and suffered "severe head trauma," according to police.  [Video clip]

Subway surfers ride on top of J train into Brooklyn.  At least eight people were spotted riding atop a subway as it crossed the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.  The NYPD said it was investigating the shocking incident on June 10.  Video taken by New Yorker Chris 'Goose" Gossling showed the daredevils standing on a J train.  "These people just came over the Williamsburg bridge on top of the train," Gosling wrote on Twitter, where he posted the video here showing eight people on top of two train cars, with some running along them.  [Video clip]

4 Workers Hurt When Boston Subway Trains Collide.  A collision of two subway trains in Boston sent four employees of the city's troubled transit system to the hospital, officials said.  Both Green Line trains derailed in the crash around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday [6/1/2022], officials said.  The subway system continued to experience service disruptions Thursday morning.  A two-car westbound train carrying 20 to 25 passengers struck a two-car train without passengers as it was preparing to enter service at Government Center Station, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesperson said.

Electric Bus In Paris Spontaneously Explodes.  Readers have heard of Teslas spontaneously exploding over the years (read: here) but never an electric bus until now.  Last Friday, a video surfaced online of French public transport operator RATP's bus bursting into flames within seconds in Paris.  The fire illustrates the dangers of EVs.  Luckily the bus wasn't crowded, and passengers were able to exit quickly.

Thinking About Riding A Natural Gas Powered Bus?  Alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG) are an easy way to make ICE-powered buses — and passenger cars — less harmful to the environment.  However, in the extremely rare case something goes wrong with the tanks, things can turn pretty ugly.  This is exactly what happened on April 16 near the Italian city of Perugia, with a city bus bursting into fire.  The flames coming out of the roof looked like a scene from a space launch program or a CGI effect, although the video is legit.  [Video clip]

2 killed after vehicle passes by railroad crossing signal and is hit by train in Houston.  Two people were killed after a car attempted to pass by a railroad crossing and was hit by an Amtrak train in Houston, officials said Sunday [4/17/2022].  A black Chrysler 300 was traveling in northeast Houston about 8 p.m. Saturday when the level crossing signals went down and the flashing red lights and bell rang indicating a train was going to pass the Van Hut Lane train crossing, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

NYC sees increase in people found dead in subway this year.  A startling number of New Yorkers have dropped dead in subway trains and stations this year — and accounts from police and transit workers suggest the bulk of them were homeless people who turned to mass transit for shelter.  At least five other people who died in the subways this year — including one from an apparent drug overdose — were not believed to be homeless, cops said.  That's a significant uptick, MTA data show.  Two people were found dead on subway trains or platforms between Jan. 1 and mid-February 2021 from causes unrelated to suicide — and 12 during the entire year, the data show.

Union for RTD employees calls Denver Union Station a 'hellhole,' but agency promises to step up security.  The union representing more than 2,000 RTD employees didn't hold back when expressing frustration and outrage over the conditions at Denver's Union Station.  "It's a hellhole.  It is," said Lance Longenbohn, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1001.  "It's not safe for the public.  It's not safe for the employees.  It's getting worse."  Longebohn doesn't want to take credit for the phrase "hellhole," saying that's how an employee described the current environment.  He says he has been fielding complaints from drivers and is concerned about their safety.  "They actually said to me it's a good day if someone is not doing drugs on their bus," said Longenbohn.

Amtrak train slams into semi-truck car hauler at Oklahoma railroad crossing.  Dramatic footage has captured the moment an Amtrak train slammed into a semi-truck car hauler at a railroad crossing near the Oklahoma-Texas border, sending cars flying into the air and leaving four people injured.  Amtrak Train 822, which runs through Fort Worth, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was passing through Thackerville when it slammed into a tractor trailer that got stuck on the track.  The cars on the back of the trailer are sent flying and the rig disintegrates into a cloud of debris.  [Video clip]

Investigators probe deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana.  A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday [9/26/2021], officials said.  The westbound Empire Builder was en route from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200.

Three people are dead and 'well over' 50 are injured after Amtrak train carrying 141 passengers from Chicago to Seattle derails in Montana.  Three people are dead and more than 50 are injured after an Amtrak train carrying 141 passengers and 16 crew derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon [9/25/2021].  Eight cars out of the 10 cars on Amtrak's Empire Builder 7/27 train derailed as it carried passengers from Chicago to Seattle, according to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.  Two train cars reportedly separated and slid down a 30 foot embankment.  Police confirmed that three passenger[s] onboard died as a result of their injuries.

Amtrak Train Derails In Montana, 3 Dead, Dozens Injured.  Three people are dead and more than 50 are injured after an Amtrak train carrying 147 passengers and 13 crew derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon [9/25/2021].  Seven cars out of the 10 cars on Amtrak's Empire Builder 7/27 train derailed as it carried passengers from Chicago to Seattle, according to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.  Two train cars reportedly separated and slid down a 30 foot embankment.

Video shows suspects who threw CitiBike onto train tracks.  Cops released footage early Friday [9/24/2021] of the suspects wanted for allegedly pushing a CitiBike onto Queens subway tracks — causing it to burst into flames when an oncoming train smashed into it.  The clip begins with one of the male suspects, wearing a gray sweatsuit, shoving the blue rent-a-bike down the steps of the Steinway Street R train station in Astoria Sunday night.

Fearful London:  Falls Soar as People Scared of Catching Covid from Handrails.  Escalator falls at tube stations have increased because Britons are frightened of catching coronavirus if they hold onto the handrails, a London Underground official has said.  Managing Director of London Underground Andy Lord told a Transport for London (TfL) safety panel said the underground railway's biggest risk of harm is:  "falls on escalators caused by people who don't hold the handrail.  There is an issue with the perception that the handrail is not clean because of the pandemic."

NYC homelessness up nearly 45% in most notorious subway vagrant spots.  The city's subway stations with the worst ongoing vagrancy problems saw homelessness spike nearly 45 percent over the summer, the MTA's safety chief revealed Monday.  The eight stations — all but one in Manhattan — were being used as living quarters by an average of 14.7 people in August, up from 10.2 homeless people in May, MTA chief safety officer Patrick Warren said.  The stations comprise some of the city's busiest commuter hubs, including Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, the Port Authority bus terminal and Lexington Avenue/59th Street, Warren said during a monthly meeting of the MTA's Safety Committee in Manhattan.  The others are tourist landmarks Times Square and Union Square, as well as Manhattan's Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

Video shows water pouring into Manhattan subway station.  Water gushed into a Manhattan subway station [9/1/2021] as commuters waited for a train with rain from Ida pounding New York.  Video shows water pouring into the 28th Street station.  New York City's infrastructure has been criticized in recent months as subway stations have flooded.  [Video clip]

Man in a wheelchair falls onto subway tracks in a New York City.  A man on a wheelchair falls down on the subway tracks in a New York City subway station August 4th near Union Square.  A passing stranger quickly jumps down onto the tracks and helps the man.  He lifts the wheelchair and the man up with the help of a few other strangers before the train comes.  [Video clip]

Video From China After The Worst Flooding In 1000 Years Includes People Trapped Neck-Deep In Water In Subway Cars.  Parts of China have been hit by "the heaviest rain in 1,000 years" — with footage showing underground train carriages filling with water.  More than 20 cm of rain fell on the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in a single hour on Tuesday.  In the recent European floods, the worst-hit areas of Germany saw 18.2 cm over three days.

Floods Close Rail Lines In Europe For Months Or Longer.  Portions of the rail network in Western Europe could be out of service for months or years after massive flooding that has left hundreds dead across a swath of western Germany and Belgium.  Rail service has been suspended after the floods that saw rivers running 3 yards higher than previous records in some cases and destroyed homes and businesses.

Friends Remember University of Chicago Student Killed by Stray Bullet on CTA Train.  A University of Chicago student who died three days after a stray bullet struck him while on a CTA train is being remembered by friends and classmates as a gentle and caring person.  Max Lewis, 20, was shot in the neck while riding a CTA Green Line train in Washington Park on the South Side Thursday [6/30/2021].  He was initially transported in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.  A bullet apparently crashed through the window of the train, striking Lewis.  He was not the intended target, law enforcement said.

Massive Fire And Explosion At Major London Railway Station.  A hundred firefighters are tackling a "serious" blaze near Elephant and Castle railway station in southeast London.  London Fire Brigade (LFB) said three commercial units in railway arches were "completely alight", in addition to six cars and a telephone box.  [Video clip]

Electric shuttle bus smokes and deflagrates instantly.  [In China.]   [Video clip]

Bridge Overpass In Mexico Collapses, Sending Passenger Train Crashing, Killing At Least 23.  An elevated section of the metro track in Mexico City partially collapsed on Monday night [5/3/2021], bringing down rubble and some train carriages onto the road below.  At least 23 people died in the incident and 70 more were injured.  Of the injured, 49 were taken to several nearby hospitals for treatment — some in serious condition.  There were also children among the fatalities, the city's mayor told reporters.  Authorities said that cars were trapped under the rubble.  The elevated track was around 5 meters (16 feet) above the ground.  [Video clip]

Metro collapses in Mexico.  A rescue operation was under way after a Mexico City metro overpass partially collapsed on Monday night.  At least 13 people died in the incident and about 70 were injured.  [Video clip]

Mexico City metro collapse: 23 dead, dozens injured, rescue crews search through debris.  Rescue teams in Mexico City late Monday responded to the collapse of a metro overpass, killing at least 23 and injuring about 70, according to authorities.  [Tweet]  The scene was chaotic.  People posted images and videos on social media, which appeared to show the train cars inverted and resting on the road below.  Authorities said cars were trapped.  Dozens of rescue workers were at the scene.

Taiwan releases train crash suspect on bond, prosecutors to appeal.  Friday's [4/2/2021] crash was Taiwan's worst rail accident in seven decades, when an express train hit the truck that had slid down a bank beside the track from the building site.  The site's manager is suspected of having failed to properly engage the brake.  The train, with almost 500 people aboard, was travelling from Taipei, the capital, to Taitung on the east coast when it derailed in a tunnel just north of the city of Hualien.  Forty people are in hospital, from among the 178 reported injured.  Prosecutors had applied to a court to detain the manager on charges of causing death by negligence, a justice ministry official told reporters on Saturday.

Massive Head On Train Crash In Egypt Leaves At Least 32 Dead, Over 100 Injured.  Two trains collided on Friday in southern Egypt apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing at least 32 people and leaving 108 injured.  The collision caused three passenger cars to flip over and videos on local media from the scene showed wagons with passengers trapped inside and surrounded by debris.  Some victims seemed unconscious while others could be seen bleeding.  Bystanders carried bodies and laid them out on the ground near the site.  [Video clip]

Trash Can Explodes In NYC Subway Sending Cops And Child Running For Cover.  An explosion inside a trash can at a Midtown subway station on Monday sent several people — including two cops — scrambling for cover.  The mini-blast occurred at the Times Square-42nd Street subway station and was captured on video by a passing straphanger. [...] Nobody was injured by the blast, authorities said.  [Video clip]

Video Shows Truck Hit Full Speed by Train Bursting Into Flames.  An Amtrak train hit a truck at full speed in Oakland just before 9 a.m. Thursday, dragging it about 100 yards and immediately sparking a huge fire.  [Video clip]

'No-show' track inspectors suspended amid MTA IG probe.  Seven subway track inspectors have been suspended without pay — amid allegations by the MTA inspector general that they failed to conduct inspections and lied about it on official forms, The [New York] Post has learned.  Investigators from IG Carolyn Pokorny's office stationed at platforms along inspection routes said the seven workers "were nowhere to be found" during scheduled walking tours, despite affirming otherwise on official forms, according to the IG's Dec. 28 report, which was obtained by The Post.  The seven workers were flagged to the IG by supervisors after news reports of debris falling from elevated tracks.  Investigators also caught them using personal cell phones while on the job — in violation of authority rules.  The IG's office did not identify any specific track issues as part of their probe, which began in January 2020.

Mother of 2-year-old boy killed by NYC subway says MTA to blame for his death: lawsuit.  The mother of a 2-year-old boy killed by a subway train is suing the MTA, alleging the agency has done little over the years to keep riders safe on platforms.  Shamari Anderson broke free from his mother, Shayla Sowell, on the northbound No. 2 line platform at Fulton Center in December 2019 and was pinned between an incoming train and the platform edge.

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Bus dangles off NYC overpass after crash injures 8.  An MTA bus driver lost control of the vehicle and careered off a Bronx overpass in a crash that left at least eight people injured on Thursday night, authorities said.  The harrowing incident took place at around 11:10 p.m. as the driver of the Bx35 bus was trying to turn left off University Avenue onto a ramp to the Washington Bridge, according to MTA sources.  But the male driver veered off track, causing the bus to crash off the elevated road.

Two injured in DART derailment in downtown Dallas.  Two passengers were treated for minor injuries after a DART train derailed Saturday afternoon [12/19/2020] in downtown Dallas.  The northbound Orange line train made contact with a southbound Green line train about 1:15 p.m. at the St. Paul Station, according to a DART spokesman.

NYC Vacuum Trains Called "Time Bombs" At Risk Of Sparking "Catastrophic Subway Fires".  Trains that have been designed to literally vacuum New York's 665 miles of subway tracks could actually be doing more harm than good. [...] The "VakTraks", as the trains are called, were bought using $23 million worth of taxpayer money in 2017 as part of Governor Cuomo's "Subway Action Plan".  And what did this $23 million buy the city?  Trains that the MTA are literally referring to as "time bombs" due to safety and reliability concerns.  One MTA worker noted that its only a matter of time before they spark a catastrophic subway fire.  The French built trains have filters that can easily handle European subway tracks, but that can be "overwhelmed by New York's filth" sometimes.

Subway saboteur caused nearly $1M in damages derailing MTA train.  The repair bill for damage caused by Sunday's [9/20/2020] saboteur-inflicted subway train derailment is "approaching $1 million," the MTA said.  The tab includes around $100,000 for repairs to the West 14th Street station plus "several hundred thousand dollars" to reconstruct the derailed train, a transit official told The [New York] Post.  Demetrius Harvard, 30, was apprehended shortly after the collision and held on $50,000 cash bail for allegedly hurling metal construction debris onto the tracks as an A train approached around 8:20 a.m.  The train flew off the rails and sideswiped at least 10 steel beams in the middle of the tracks, which caused a huge chunk of metal on the train itself to peel away.

Saboteur Deliberately Derails NYC Subway Train.  So this guy tried to kill everyone on the subway and did a huge amount of destruction.  Strange that he was free on the streets — you'd think a lunatic like this would have been arrested for similar prior crimes.  Well, of course, he was:  He had just been arrested for throwing metal at the window of an MTA bus.  He was released without bail, in accordance with Red Bill's "reforms."  A husband of one of the victims of this sabotage raged:  "It's craziness!  This guy was arrested for this kind of thing weeks ago.  He should have stayed inside.  He is dangerous to society!"  No, it's not craziness.  It's leftwing governance.

Suspected subway saboteur charged for causing train derailment: cops.  The man suspected of causing a Manhattan subway derailment by tossing metal construction debris onto the tracks was hit with a number of charges for the vandalism on Sunday night, police said.  Demetrius Harvard, 30, is accused of chucking the material onto the tracks at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue as an uptown A-train was pulling into the station at about 8:20 a.m, authorities said.  The suspected subway saboteur was hit with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass charges in the incident that created delays to the transit system, officials said.

Manhattan subway train derails after 'laughing homeless man throws metal clamps onto the tracks'.  Police in New York have arrested a homeless man who placed metal clamps on subway tracks and watched, laughing, as a train derailed, injuring three people.  The incident occurred in the West Village, as the uptown A train was entering the 14th St - Eighth Avenue station at 8:17 am.  The homeless man had found a pile of tie plates, which are normally used to secure the train tracks to the foundations, on a pile of construction materials at the 14th St. station, police sources told the New York Daily News.

Passenger train smashes into truck stuck on level crossing.  Footage has emerged online of a collision between a passenger train and a truck last Thursday, September 3, in the town of Ruhrmond, in the province of Limburg in the south-east of the Netherlands.  The video, made by an eyewitness, shows that the truck stopped at the railway crossing across the tracks.  The truck driver jumped out of the cab and started waving his arms, trying to signal to the driver.  [Video clip]

2 trams collide in Bucharest.  [Video clip]

Strange Woman On A Canadian Train.  [Video clip]

Witness Captures Video of CTA Red Line Police-Involved Shooting.  A man who was shot by a Chicago police officer during a confrontation Friday afternoon at the CTA Grand Red Line station was initially stopped by officers for crossing between train cars, police said.  One person was shot by police at the CTA Grand Red Line station.  The incident happened just after 4 p.m., sparking a heavy police presence at the CTA station located at State Street and Grand Avenue.

Oblivious man with a cell phone falls on the subway rails.  Buenos Aires, Argentina.  [Video clip]

Twin Cities light-rail trains shouldn't be rolling homeless shelters.  Beginning this week, the 11-mile Green Line light-rail train between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis will be shut down between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekdays.  Those hours had become peak times for train cars to serve as moving, overnight shelters for the homeless — many of whom were still sleeping as morning commuters came on board.  Cutting all-night service was a sensible move by Metro Transit.  It allows time for train maintenance without riders on board but also discourages those who would use the trains for sleep because they won't be able to ride uninterrupted through the night.  So-called homeless light-rail "sleepers" often take up several seats at a time and test the patience of other riders concerned about safety and cleanliness.

9 hospitalized when subway car derails in Boston.  Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. Saturday [6/8/2019] when a Green Line subway car derailed inside a tunnel near Kenmore Square.

Police: Mystery man pulling emergency brakes on subways.  New York City police have been searching for a person who has been intentionally pulling the emergency brakes on subway cars for no legitimate purpose. [...] Police say there have been about 40 similar incidents.

Video shows woman caught in door, dragged onto train tracks in San Francisco.  In the surveillance video, the woman can be seen walking down the stairs at the city's Embarcadero station on April 12 when she tries to get on the Muni train as the doors are closing.  It appears as though her hand gets stuck in the door as it is closing.  She can be seen talking to an employee standing on the platform just feet away, but the train starts moving and she is dragged off the platform and under the train.

NYC subway rider killed after clothing gets caught on train, report says.  A New York City subway rider was killed at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday after being dragged underneath a train, according to a report.  The victim, identified only as being 39 years old, apparently had a piece of clothing caught on the train, law enforcement sources told New York City's WNBC-TV.  The victim was later found in the East River tunnel used by the No. 7 train line, which connects Manhattan and Queens.  Service on the line was interrupted for several hours, the report said.

Man dragged to death by subway after bag gets caught on train.  A man was dragged to his death after a shoulder bag he was carrying got caught in a moving subway train in Midtown on Tuesday night, police sources said.  The 39-year-old man from Queens was standing on the eastbound No. 7 train platform at Grand Central Terminal at about 7:20 p.m. when his bag got caught by a train that was pulling out of the station, the sources said.  It's not clear if the man's bag was caught on the doors of the train or another part of the subway car.

Horrific crash of double-decker bus in Ottawa leaves 3 dead, 23 injured.  Three people have been killed and 23 others injured, some of them critically, when a double-decker bus crashed into a bus shelter at Westboro station in Ottawa in the middle of a Friday evening [1/11/2019] rush hour.  The most serious injuries occurred on the top right side of the bus, following its collision with the platform at around 4:00pm Friday.  Emergency workers immediately rushed to the scene to rescue passengers who were trapped on the upper level.

Train Almost Runs Through Police Officer Due To 'Mechanical Issue'.  Chicago commuter train organization Metra said there was a mechanical issue with the lights above the crossing, according to ABC7.  The problem was fixed a few hours after the incident, according to Metra. [...] Dash cam footage shows [Officer Peter] Staglewicz veer away from the speeding train just in time to avoid what could have been a fatal accident.  Warning lights above the train crossing failed to illuminate until moments before the train sped by. [...] The near-miss occurred in November but did not gain media attention until Staglewicz posted the video to Facebook.

Multiple people fall onto subway tracks across NYC.  Multiple people fell onto various subway tracks across New York City on Thursday [11/1/2018], according to MTA officials.  The first incident was reported in Manhattan at the 96th Street station at around 2:47 p.m., officials said.  Video captured by another straphanger showed firefighters and EMTs tending to the person who fell.

Passenger's fight with bus driver sparks fatal crash.  An irate passenger who missed her bus stop triggered a catastrophe in China when she attacked the driver — who lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into the Yangtze River, killing everyone on board. [...] Bus surveillance video obtained by Chongqing police, as well as other evidence, shows that a 48-year-old female passenger, identified only by her last name, Liu, missed her stop and asked the driver to stop immediately, the outlet reported.  When the 43-year-old driver, also identified by his last name, Ran, refused, Liu hit him over the head with her cellphone.  The video shows the pair swinging at each other, with the driver still attempting to steer the bus in between blows.  [10/28/2018]

Man crushed, killed while trying to catch MARTA bus in Brookhaven.  A man trying to catch a MARTA bus in Brookhaven was killed early Thursday [10/25/2018] when he became caught underneath the bus, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The man, who has not been identified, ran through traffic to hail the MARTA bus after it left a bus stop on Buford Highway at North Cliff Valley Way.  Officials with the Georgia State Patrol told Channel 2 he banged on the side of the bus to get the driver's attention.

MTA conductor closed doors on kid, dragged him 40 feet: suit.  An MTA conductor is to blame for a mishap in Brooklyn that left a 9-year-old boy with two broken legs, his mom says in a newly filed lawsuit.  Melissa Capers says her son and was boarding a Manhattan-bound "L" train at the Atlantic Avenue Station on Dec. 10, 2017, when the conductor closed the door on the child, trapping half his body as it dragged him about 40 feet, according to papers filed Wednesday [10/24/2018] in Brooklyn Supreme Court.  Capers' attorney, Daniel Leav, said the boy, who was with his mom's boyfriend, suffered two bilateral fractures to both femurs, and had to undergo extensive surgery to correct the damage.

Taiwan train derails, killing 18 and injuring 160.  Eighteen people were killed and at least 160 others injured on Sunday [10/21/2018] when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said.

Taiwan train derails, killing 22 and injuring 171.  At least 22 people were killed and 171 others injured on Sunday [10/20/2018] when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. [...] The Puyuma was launched in 2013 to handle the very difficult topography of Taiwan's east coast and is distinct from the high-speed rail that runs on the west coast.  The Puyuma trains travel up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour, faster than any other in Taiwan except for the high-speed rail.

26 Hurt After CTA Bus Crashes Into Pole on Chicago's South Side.  At least 26 people were hurt — none seriously — after a CTA bus crashed into a pole just before rush hour Wednesday [10/17/2018] in the Grand Crossing neighborhood in the Far South Side.

Good Samaritans rescue pregnant woman from subway tracks.  A pregnant woman was rescued by fellow commuters after she tumbled onto subway tracks Friday morning [10/12/2018] in Midtown, witnesses said.  The woman was standing on the center platform of the A/C/E line at 34th Street-Penn Station when she fainted and fell onto the track bed on the downtown side about 8 a.m., officials said.

Subway elevator from hell traps commuters at worst time ever.  Seventeen Brooklyn straphangers were trapped in a stifling subway-station elevator for nearly an hour during the Monday morning [10/1/2018] rush, thanks to the do-nothing MTA, one of the riders told The [New York] Post.  Talia Kovacs said she was among those crammed in the hot lift at the Clark Street station when it lurched to a halt around 10 a.m.  "People were feeling upset but powerless — which is the story of New Yorkers and the subway," Kovacs said.

Routine San Francisco Train Warning!  Don't Sit on the Syringes!  In San Francisco, plastic straws, employee free lunches, and ICE are all going to be banned, but not syringes.  Those you can probably get for free.  Syringes are readily available on the trains and they are a safety hazard.  "Please look around you for needles before you sit down.  There's at least one needle in car 1551 and there may be others.  Thank you," a conductor said Thursday, according to Buzzfeed technology reporter Caroline O'Donovan.  She said the warning was made over the loudspeaker at every stop.  "Once again, please make sure there are no needles in or around your seat before you sit down," the Bay Area Rapid Transit conductor said, according to O'Donovan's Twitter account.

San Francisco train conductor reportedly warns riders to watch 'for needles' amid 'needle litter' epidemic.  Watch where you sit on San Francisco Bay Area trains — it could be painful.  Conductors there reportedly have taken to the trains' PA systems to warn riders about hypodermic needles being left on seats by transient drug users as San Francisco fights an uphill battle to clean up thousands of syringes discarded each month all over the city.

2 dead after California train, car crash that was caught on camera.  Two people were killed after a train and a car collided in California on Sunday in a dramatic crash captured by the cameras of a nearby brewery.  The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority train struck a car carrying two people in it in San Jose around 12:34 p.m., transit officials told KTVU.  In security video from a nearby brewery, customers can be seen sitting outside when the train strikes the car, dragging it along as the train runs off the tracks.

3 people killed, 22 injured after multi-vehicle crash involving tour bus in New Mexico.  Three people were killed and 22 others injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a tour bus on Interstate 25 in New Mexico on Sunday [7/15/2018], a local fire chief confirmed.  The Rio Rancho Fire Department said the crash, which involved a charter bus, a semi-truck and other vehicles, occurred around 2:25 a.m. on Sunday [7/15/2018], just north of Bernalillo, about 18 miles north of Albuquerque.

Woman, baby survive fall onto NYC subway tracks.  A 30-year-old woman and her 2-month-old son barely survived after falling onto the subway tracks moments before a New York City train entered the station on Wednesday morning [6/27/2018].  Miraculously, the woman and her son fell into the gulley between the tracks and were small enough to avoid contact with the train altogether, according to nearby MTA workers who witnessed the incident.  The woman, who has not been identified, told authorities that she and her child tripped and accidentally fell onto the tracks.  However, one conductor and several witnesses say that it appeared she purposely leaped onto the tracks, ABC 7 NY reported.

At least 31 people injured after two buses collide in New York City.  At least 31 people were injured Friday [5/18/2018] after two buses collided near the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan, the New York City Fire Department confirmed to Fox News.  The two New Jersey Transit buses struck each other at the Manhattan-side entrance of the tunnel, according to FOX 5 New York.

Pit bull bites down on NYC subway rider's foot after alleged fight over seat.  A pit bull brought aboard a New York City subway train last week bit down on the shoe of a woman who had gotten into an argument with the dog's owner, prompting a carload of passengers to rush to her aid, a video shows.  The video shows the animal tearing into the shoe and refusing to let go.  A couple of passengers try to yank the woman's leg from the dog's jaw, while others scream at the animal's owner.

New high-speed Florida train kills 4th person since launching service.  A man in Florida was hit and killed by a high-speed train on Sunday — the fourth person to die since the train's service began earlier this year, investigators said.  "At 12:47 p.m. a northbound Brightline train struck a pedestrian approximately 100 feet south of the Southeast 4th Street crossing.  The male was pronounced deceased at the scene," the Delray Police Department tweeted, adding that they were seeking witnesses.

Over 40 hurt after student charter bus crashes into N.Y. overpass.  Authorities are investigating an accident Monday that injured more than 40 people, involving a charter bus carrying New York City high school students that crashed into a bridge overpass.

Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph.  Tragedy-prone Amtrak suffered another terrifying setback Tuesday — when a high-speed Acela train broke apart as it raced north toward Penn Station at 125 mph, sources said.  In the third wreck in just one week — and the fourth in two months — several cars of an Acela Express heading from Washington, DC, to the Big Apple decoupled at about 6:30 a.m. and were left held together only by their air hoses.  Sparks flew from dragging cables and the train jerked wildly, but none of the 52 terrified passengers aboard were injured, according to reports.

The Editor says...
To me, the most recent Amtrak incidents sound like acts of sabotage.  When have you ever heard of a passenger train coming apart while underway, or a switch being thrown and locked to divert a passenger train onto the wrong track?

The major issue plaguing accident-prone Amtrak.  Four mishaps in four months, three fatal, would be evidence that America's national railroad is failing — except that America doesn't have a national railroad.  Amtrak runs its trains across a motley collection of fragmented tracks owned by freight railroads and commuter railroads.  That means it has no consistent control over keeping people safe when it comes to crossings and speed, the biggest causes of crashes.  The first crash killed three Amtrak passengers right before Christmas in Washington state.  There, the regional commuter railroad, Sound Transit, had built new tracks that allowed for higher speeds — but opened up the tracks before it finished installing technology that automatically governs speed when a human operator has failed to do so.  In that case, the Amtrak train was going nearly three times the legal speed limit when it derailed on an overpass, falling to a highway below.

NTSB continues to investigate deadly CSX-Amtrak collision.  The National Transportation Safety Board is leading an investigation on an Amtrak-CSX train collision that killed two and injured more than 100 passengers in Cayce, SC early Sunday morning.  NTSB chief Robert Sumwalt said during a 4 p.m. press conference the crash site says the Amtrak train was traveling on CSX tracks owned by CSX.  The lines, as shown by a hand-written diagram, were in a "lined and locked" position, meaning that instead of continuing their track south, the Amtrak train traveled to another track, where it collided with a parked CSX train.

Amtrak train appears to have been on the wrong track in crash that killed 2 and injured 116, governor says.  A Miami-bound Amtrak train appeared to be on the wrong track when it collided with a freight train in South Carolina early Sunday [2/4/2018], killing two people and injuring 116, according to authorities.  Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the track the Amtrak train was on had been manually switched and "lined and locked."  It caused it to divert from the main line and onto a side track, where the freight train was parked.

The Editor says...
Who switched the train onto the wrong track?  Was it a railroad employee or an Islamic terrorist?  In either case, you'll have a hard time finding the answer in the newspapers.

No way to run a railroad:  Three fatal AMTRAK crashes in 49 days.  If America is going to have a passenger rail system, we have to do much better than this. [...] It would appear that something is seriously wrong with the way passenger rail is operating in the United States under the federal corporation AMTRAK. This crash is the third fatal AMTRAK crash since the AMTRAK Cascades train derailed in Washington State at the cost of 3 lives and 62 passenger injuries only 49 days ago.

52 dead after bus catches fire in Kazakhstan.  A bus carrying 57 people in Kazakhstan caught fire Thursday, killing all but five passengers, according to emergency officials.  The country's Emergencies Ministry said the fire occured in the northern Aktobe region, leaving 52 dead.

Prosecutors can try to reinstate charges in '15 Amtrak wreck.  The fight to reinstate criminal charges against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia will carry over into next year.

Amtrak Train Derails Over Interstate; At Least 6 Dead, 77 Injured.  An Amtrak train derailed over an intestate crossing south of Tacoma, Washington on Monday morning [12/18/2017], killing at least six people and injuring at least 77.  "State transportation officials say the train derailed near Mounts Road, about 40 miles south of Seattle, at about 8 a.m.  Monday," Komono News reports.  "Amtrak officials said the train was the No. 501, which operates between Seattle and Portland.  The train had just begun using a new high-speed route Monday morning [12/18/2017]."

NTSB: Derailed Train Took Curve At Nearly Three Times the Speed Limit.  The recovery of a data recorder may have identified the cause of a fatal derailment of an Amtrak train in Washington state yesterday.  NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr tells CBS News that the device reveals that the train took a curve at almost three times faster than its speed limit. [...] According to ABC News, a system that is supposed to slow trains traveling too fast had been installed but not activated — and the NTSB does not yet know why.

Excessive Speed May Have Caused Amtrak Train Derailment.  U.S. federal investigators say a train that derailed Monday in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington was traveling at 129 kilometers per hour on a stretch of track where the speed limit was 48 kilometers per hour.  The train went off the tracks on a curve south of Seattle, sending some of its cars onto a busy interstate highway below and killing at least three passengers.

Amtrak train was traveling at 80 mph in 30 mph zone, NTSB says.  An Amtrak train that derailed Monday during its inaugural ride on a new line in Washington state was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, the National Transportation Safety Board said, citing data recorder information.  Bella Dinh-Zarr, an NTSB board member, said at a news conference late Monday that information from the data recorder in the rear locomotive provided information about the train's speed.  At least three people were killed in the derailment, and more than 70 others were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said.

Object on tracks may be cause of deadly Amtrak derailment.  Monday's [12/18/2017] deadly Amtrak train derailment appears to have been caused by an object on the railway, according to a government official briefed on the crash.  A preliminary investigation suggests maintenance problems are unlikely to blame because the incident took place on brand-new tracks, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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FBI Warns of Train Derailment Threat.  Devices that could be used by terrorists to derail trains are being stolen from rail facilities around the country, the FBI warned today.  Nine derailers, a piece of railroad equipment used to derail train cars for safety purposes in railyards have been stolen recently, sources said, citing the FBI's weekly intelligence bulletin.

Anarchists Bragged in April about Sabotaging Railroad Tracks to Block Fracking.  ISIS shouldn't be the only terrorist group under suspicion for the Amtrak derailment in Washington this morning. [...] The anarchist group "It's Going Down" last April bragged online about sabotaging railroad tracks in the Pacific Northwest to block fracking equipment from getting to its destination.  The group has since deleted the post, possibly in reaction to today's Amtrak disaster.

Mayor Of City Near High-Speed Train Wreck Warned Of Deadly Accident To Come.  Some things in life one simply never want to be proved right about.  Surely, the mayor of a city near today's deadly Amtrak train wreck saw his dire prediction come true.  Before Amtrak's inaugural run of Route 501 and subsequent wreck south of Seattle on Monday morning, many warned of the dangers to come by allowing old-but-updated Sound Transit tracks to be used for high-speed Amtrak trains.  Among them was the City of Lakewood, Wa.'s mayor, Don Anderson.  Seattle's ABC affiliate reported two weeks ago Anderson was very concerned about the rate of speed Amtrak trains would be allowed to travel at.

Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker.  Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker.  That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take credit card payments, and assigns buses and trains to their routes.  The local transit agency alerted federal agents following an attack on their computers that riders may not have noticed Monday [11/20/2017].  "We actually had the hackers get into our system, and systematically start erasing programs and data," Deputy General Manager Mark Lonergan.

How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways.  After a drumbeat of transit disasters this year, it became impossible to ignore the failures of the New York City subway system.  A rush-hour Q train careened off the rails in southern Brooklyn.  A track fire on the A line in Upper Manhattan sent nine riders to the hospital.  A crowded F train stalled in a downtown tunnel, leaving hundreds in the dark without air-conditioning for nearly an hour.  As the heat of packed-together bodies fogged the windows, passengers beat on the walls and clawed at the doors in a scene from a real-life horror story.  In June, after another derailment injured 34 people, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared that the system was in a "state of emergency."  But the problems plaguing the subway did not suddenly sweep over the city like a tornado or a flood.  They were years in the making, and they might have been avoided if decision makers had put the interests of train riders and daily operations ahead of flashy projects and financial gimmicks.

Muslim woman dies after hijab tangled in Montreal escalator.  A woman in her 30s is dead after her headscarf and hair became caught in a subway-station escalator.  A bystander found the woman lying at the base of the escalator at Fabre metro station in east-end Montreal around 9:15 a.m.

Community mourns 'beloved' teacher killed in Rogers Park crossfire.  Cynthia Trevillion, 64, was caught in the crossfire while walking about 6:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of North Glenwood, when someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire on two juveniles standing on the street near the Morse Red Line CTA station, authorities said.  Trevillion was struck in the neck and head, and she died after being taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

"Next 9/11" Terrorist Plot Foiled.  As the Toronto Star reported, [Tala] Haroon said the subway trains made a "perfect target" and they should shoot as many passengers as possible, including women and children.  "NY Needs to fall.  It's a must," Haroon wrote to the undercover agent.  The Star also noted that Salic told the others, "it would be a great pleasure if we can slaughter" people in New York City.

3 Dead, More Injured In N.Y. Bus Collision.  Developing news out of Queens, New York where an MTA bus collided with a private tour bus.  Officials said the driver of the private tour bus, a passenger, and a pedestrian were killed in the collision.  Over a dozen people are reportedly injured.

Al Qaeda Publishes Blueprint for Attacks on Key U.S. Transportation Systems.  The al Qaeda terror group's chief bomb maker has published a blueprint for new attacks on U.S. transportation systems, including planes, trains, and boats, which the terror group views as "prime targets," according to a copy of a lengthy manifesto that provides a guide for would-be terrorists to launch attacks.  Ibrahim al-Asiri, a top al Qaeda leader known as the terror group's chief bomb maker, detailed the extremist organization's plans to target U.S. passenger and shipping transportation services, which the terror organization views as weak links ripe for attack.  While al Qaeda's operations have been weakened by years of U.S. attacks on its key locations and apparatus, it has increasingly relied on promulgating its radical ideology to so-called "lone wolfs" who are not officially affiliated with the group but who are capable of carrying out terror attacks without detection by American authorities.

Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains.  Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America's trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire.  Issue No. 17 is headlined, "Train Derail Operations," and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel.  It's competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents.  Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundred of deaths and injuries.  Adding trains to the terrorist's priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and placed added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Woman fatally struck by MTA bus in Brooklyn.  Police say [an] unidentified woman was hit by an MTA bus as she was trying to cross Nostrand Avenue just before 3 p.m. Saturday [7/8/2017].

Subway Derails in Manhattan, Causing Power Outage and Chaos; Dozens Hurt.  A subway derailment and power outage near the 125th Street station in Harlem suspended service on multiple train lines Tuesday, stranding terrified riders in darkened, smoke-filled cars for two hours in some cases.  At least 34 people had injuries including smoke inhalation, though all were expected to be OK, fire officials said.  About half of the victims were taken to hospitals while others were assessed at the scene.

Two killed by Amtrak train in Washington, D.C..  Two people were struck and killed by an Amtrak train near Union Station in Washington, D.C., the city's fire department reported.  Amtrak Train 175 was approaching the train station late Tuesday as it traveled from Boston and New York.  It struck two unidentified people at 11:20 p.m. who appeared to be trespassing on the track, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

Man set himself on fire in NJ train station.  The man was on a Hackensack train platform in the early hours of Wednesday morning [6/7/2017] when he set himself on fire.

CTA worker awarded $2.5 million in train crash caused by cop chasing cyclist.  The city of Chicago must pay almost $2.5 million to a CTA train operator who was injured after a police car chasing a bicyclist crashed into a Brown Line train, a jury found.  A Cook County jury last week found in favor of CTA worker Jeffery Bryant, who suffered a serious spinal injury after the August 10, 2012, crash in the Albany Park neighborhood, Bryant's attorneys said Tuesday [6/6/2017].  Chicago police Officer Charlotte Gonzalez crashed into a CTA train seconds after she drove past activated safety gates, lights and bells and onto the railroad tracks near the Kedzie Brown Line station, according to a statement from the law firm of Aleksy Belcher.

Bus out of NYC overturns on NJ Turnpike.  Authorities say a tour bus has overturned in New Jersey, leaving about 30 passengers with minor injuries.  The bus collided with a tractor trailer around 12:30 a.m.  Friday [5/26/2017] in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in West Deptford.

Light rail train slams into fire truck in Jersey City.  A train on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line collided with a fire truck in Jersey City Friday evening, officials said.  The fire truck, with its lights and sirens on, was responding to an emergency call at the Newport Centre Mall when it crossed the tracks near 6th Street and Mall Drive just before 7 p.m.  The train broadsided the truck, pushing it about 30 feet down the tracks, Chief of Department Steven McGill.  The collision was quite violent, he said, and derailed the front car of the train.

NYC teen killed by oncoming subway after retrieving phone on tracks.  A teenage girl standing on a subway platform in Queens dropped her cellphone onto the tracks and was fatally struck by a train after she jumped down to retrieve it, cops said.  Dina Kadribasic, 13, died Sunday afternoon [4/2/2017] after being hit by a southbound R train at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park station on 63 Drive and Queens Boulevard, according to police.  She had been trying to get back onto the platform from the track bed — where she had just collected her phone — when the train struck her around 2 p.m.

Pickup truck slams into a passenger bus in NY.  Passengers were sitting inside a public bus in Syracuse, New York when a pickup truck came crashing into the bus.  [Video clip]

LIRR Train Derails in Brooklyn; 103 People Hurt.  The train derailed [1/4/2017] at the busy Atlantic Terminal at rush hour; all of the injuries were considered minor.

Brooklyn commuter train derails leaving dozens injured.  A commuter train travelling at rush hour has derailed in Brooklyn injuring around 103 people.  The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) came off the tracks at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal after it jumped the tracks.  Paramedics rushed to treat the injured after the locomotive derailed around 8.20am on Wednesday morning [1/4/2017] at the height of rush hour.

Metro fires six employees after derailment probe reveals inspectors falsified records.  Metro fired six workers after determining that nearly half of the agency's 60-person track-inspection department created a pattern of fabrication and negligence that led to the derailment of a Silver Line train in July, the transit agency said Thursday [12/15/2016].  The fired employees falsified track-inspection records for as long as three years, officials said.  A criminal investigation ended without charges, but the findings of Metro's internal review have been sent to prosecutors to decide whether to pursue other legal action.  Six more terminations or suspensions are pending and a total of 28 workers received disciplinary action, Metro said.

Police say subway 'surfer' falls to [his] death in NYC.  Police say the unidentified man was holding onto one of the doors of a subway car when he lost his grip and fell.

Engineer sues Metro-North over crash.  A Metro-North train flew off the tracks in the Bronx on December 1, 2013.  It was on its way from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal.  The engineer who says he now struggles with PTSD among other things is suing Metro-North for $10 million saying the company could have prevented the crash.  Engineer William Rockefeller fell asleep at the controls.  He had undiagnosed sleep apnea.  He filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court exactly three years to the day of the crash.  The train barreled toward a curve at 82 mph — almost triple the speed limit.  The crash killed four passengers and injured at least 60 more.

Owner of tour bus in deadly crash had faced previous negligence lawsuits.  The owner and operator of the tour bus involved in the Desert Hot Springs crash that left 13 people dead had been previously sued at least twice for negligence after collisions with vehicles, one of which ended in three deaths.

Thirteen people dead and 31 injured in horror crash after tour bus collides with semi-truck on California freeway.  Authorities have said that they may never know why a tour bus collided with a truck on a major highway in southern California because the driver was among 13 people killed in the crash.  Officials have not released the identities of any of the crash victims but neighbors identified the bus driver as Elias Vides, 59, who also owns the tour company.  The bus was traveling west on Interstate 10 when it plowed into the back of a large truck early on Sunday [10/23/2016].  The freeway was closed for hours before it finally reopened at around 7pm on Sunday.

Concerns over train safety rise amidst recent rail accidents.  With millions of people using train systems on a daily basis, there have been increasing concerns about train safety especially after a recent series of rail accidents in the tristate area.  In 2013, a Metro-North passenger train derailed in the Bronx and killed 4 people.  In 2015, an Amtrak crash in Philly killed 8 while in September, an NJ transit crash in Hoboken killed 1.  For many commuters, traveling within the northeast, their trust in rail safety has been at an all-time low.

Dozens of passengers injured after New York City commuter train derails.  Several passengers on New York's Long Island Railroad were injured Saturday night [10/8/2016] after an eastbound train derailed when it struck a work train.  LIRR spokesman Sal Arena told the Associated Press that the first three cars of the 12-car train went off the tracks east of New Hyde Park, N.Y. shortly after 9 p.m. local time.  He says the work train caught fire after the crash.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted early Sunday that 29 passengers were treated for injuries, with 11 transported to hospitals.

Train crash in New Jersey station turns deadly.  One woman was killed and 108 people were injured when a crowded New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken terminal Thursday during morning rush hour, sending debris crashing down, officials said.  Disaster struck at around 8:45 a.m. when a speeding commuter train No. 1614 on Track 5 on the Pascack Valley Line collided with the platform and slammed into structural beams, causing the roof of the terminal to collapse, officials said.

NTSB says Hoboken train crash captured on camera.  [Numerous technical details of the Hoboken crash.]

One dead and more than 100 people injured after New Jersey commuter train crashes into the station.  The engineer of a train that crashed at a 'high rate of speed' into the Hoboken, New Jersey train station during Thursday morning rush hour, killing one person and injuring 112 people, is cooperating with police at the hospital where he is in critical condition.  The crash happened after 8:30 am, and involved the No. 1614 Pascack Valley line train.  The train left Spring Valley, New York at 7:23 am and was scheduled to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38 am.  Passengers said the train never slowed down as it approached the station, crashing at a 'high-rate of speed' into the terminal which tens of thousands of people use to travel into New York City every day.

At least 100 hurt in New Jersey Transit train accident at Hoboken terminal.  At least one person was killed and more than 100 hurt when a commuter train carrying 250 passengers barreled into a New Jersey rail station during the Thursday morning [9/29/2016] rush hour, causing serious damage to both the train and station.

Nightmare Commute After Two Buses Headed for NYC Collide in Lincoln Tunnel, Injuring 44.  An accident involving two NJ Transit buses shut down the Lincoln Tunnel's center tube into New York City Monday morning, causing delays of nearly two hours and injuring dozens.  Some 44 people were hurt, though the injuries were not considered life-threatening.  Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the most serious injury was a broken jaw.

More than 40 reported hurt after 2 buses bound for NYC crash in Lincoln Tunnel.  As many as 44 people were hurt after two New Jersey Transit buses headed to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel.  The crash unfolded around 8:50 a.m. in the tunnel's center tube, Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.  Crews had to cut open the door of one bus.  Pentangelo said most of the injuries weren't considered life-threatening and the most serious was a broken jaw.

NJ Transit Bus Demolished in Horrific T-Bone Crash; 1 Dead, 18 Hurt.  The driver of the number 59 bus from Dunellen to Newark broadsided the number 13 bus from Irvington to Clifton while heading west on Raymond Boulevard shortly after 6 a.m.  The driver of the 59 bus, who was the only person on board, died.  Seventeen passengers were on the other bus; all of them and the driver were taken to hospitals in varying conditions.

1 Killed, 7 Critically Hurt After NJ TRANSIT Buses Collide In Newark.  Investigators are trying to determine if a NJ TRANSIT bus ran a red light and broadsided another NJ TRANSIT bus, killing a driver and injuring 18 people.

15 injured in Lincoln Tunnel bus crash.  A New Jersey Transit bus rear-ended another New Jersey Transit bus inside the Lincoln Tunnel heading to New York, leading to delays, Monday morning [7/18/2016].  One bus driver and 14 passengers were injured, said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman.

'Mass Hysteria' Causes Stampede at NYC Subway Station:  NYPD.  Dozens of commuters ran out of a crowded Manhattan subway station Tuesday morning after one straphanger thought someone claimed to have a gun, according to the NYPD.  Straphangers stampeded out of the Central Park North - 110th Street subway station in Harlem at about 9 a.m. in what police are calling mass hysteria.

Two construction workers dead and 30 passengers injured after Amtrak train crashes into a crane near Philadelphia.  Two construction workers have died after an Amtrak train collided with a backhoe on the tracks near Philadelphia.  The front carriage of the train from New York to Savannah, Georgia, derailed after crashing into the crane early this morning [4/3/2016].  The Palmetto train 89 was packed with nearly 350 passengers and crew at the time of the fatal smash and up to 35 people have been injured.

At least 32 reported injured after Amtrak train derails in Kansas.  An engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail ahead and hit the emergency brakes before a passenger train derailed in western Kansas, a government official told the Associated Press.  Amtrak said 32 people were taken to hospitals for treatment and that 29 had been released by late morning [3/14/2016].  The U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation into the early Monday derailment of the Amtrak train said the train appeared to have been traveling at about 75 miles [per hour] when the engineer pulled the emergency break [sic].

Police Say 19 Hurt in San Francisco Bus Crash.  Witnesses describe a chaotic scene after a sightseeing bus smashed into cars and construction scaffolding in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, leaving 20 people hurt — six of them critically [11/13/2015].

More than 300 injured in passenger train crash in South Africa.  A commuter train crashed into another passenger train during rush hour Friday in South Africa's largest city injuring more than 300 people, an emergency services spokeswoman said.

Woman raped, beaten at Port Authority Bus Terminal, cops say.  Police on Saturday [7/11/2015] were searching for a man who they said raped and beat a 21-year-old woman at the Port Authority Bus Terminal parking garage in Midtown Manhattan.  The woman was left with cuts to her face and body in the attack early Friday, reported around 1 a.m. at the 8th Avenue garage, the New York City Police Department said.  Police described the attacker as a black man, 30 years old, with brown eyes, short braided hair, a mustache, about 5-foot-9 and weighing 190 pounds.

Woman killed, 8 others injured in downtown Chicago bus crash.  A woman was killed and eight others were injured Tuesday [6/2/2015] when a Chicago bus jumped the curb onto a crowded sidewalk during rush hour.

DC Metro riders continue to look out for each other.  Over the weekend I posted on the murder on the Red Line of the DC Metro on July 4.  Long story short, a young man was stabbed about 40 times and beaten by a single assailant while 10 or so adult passengers looked on and did nothing.  It received at least one interesting response from a self-avowed coward who asserted that you had to be Chuck Norris in order to intervene in an attack (in this case, the attacker was smaller than the average 14-year-old boy.[)]  This particular commenter's view was that the best thing to do is to let the other guy get killed and hope and pray you aren't next [...]

D.C Metro Murder Undermines Liberal Talking Points.  The brutal killing of Kevin Sutherland in the Washington, D.C., subway on July 4, does much to undermine popular leftist tropes, in this case, race, crime, guns and drugs, just as the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco challenges liberal immigration policies. [...] Sutherland's killer, 18 year old Jasper Spires, shares many characteristics with more famous and lionized Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, except that while the latter two were shot to death by armed men in the midst of physical assaults, Spires took full advantage of his unarmed victim (and other passengers) to complete his crime and survive, and is now in custody.  The mainstream media and leftist politicians have mostly downplayed the incident, since Spires cannot be caricatured as a victim of white racism.  Indeed, the problem for the media is that in almost every respect, this encounter shows the utter inanity and hypocrisy of many of their favored talking points and positions.

Witnesses to fatal stabbing on D.C. Metro train didn't intervene.  Kevin Sutherland died in the first-ever homicide aboard a Metro train in the subway system's nearly 40-year history, stabbed to death after resisting a robbery attempt.  The attack stunned passengers who watched it unfold.  In the days since, it has sparked a furious debate:  Should Sutherland's fellow passengers have done anything to stop it?  Could they have done anything even if they wanted?

The Horrifying Details Of The Independence Day Train Stabbing In DC.  Two men among many got on a train heading for festivities in downtown D.C. on the Fourth of July, but only one of them got off alive.  A police affidavit released Tuesday [7/7/2015] shows the gruesome details of a robbery attempt gone wrong.

Horrified passengers witnessed brutal July 4 slaying aboard Metro car.  Police and a witness interviewed said passengers trapped in the moving train huddled at both ends of the car and watched in horror as [Jasper] Spires punched 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland until he fell to the floor, then stabbed him until he was dead.  Court documents say the victim was cut or stabbed 30 or 40 times, in the chest, abdomen, back, side and arms.  Police said the assailant then threw the victim's cellphone and returned to stomp on Sutherland's body.

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NTSB: Engineer not on phone when Amtrak 188 derailed.  Federal investigators have determined that Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian apparently was not using his cellphone when his eight-car train derailed May 12 in Philadelphia, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday [6/10/2015].  "Analysis of the phone records does not indicate that any calls, texts, or data usage occurred during the time the engineer was operating the train," the NTSB said in preliminary report.

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NTSB: Engineer not on phone when Amtrak 188 derailed.  Federal investigators have determined that Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian apparently was not using his cellphone when his eight-car train derailed May 12 in Philadelphia, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday [6/10/2015].  "Analysis of the phone records does not indicate that any calls, texts, or data usage occurred during the time the engineer was operating the train," the NTSB said in preliminary report.

Amtrak Mystery: Crash probe finds no mechanical trouble, official cites 'human factor'.  The Amtrak engineer, Brandon Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident and has told investigators he can't remember what happened.  The train was equipped with a "black box" data recorder and an outward-facing camera focused on the track ahead, but neither of those devices reveals what was happening inside the cab.  The NTSB report said forensic experts are now examining the phone records for the engineer, apparently to check if he was texting or making calls right before the crash.

Amtrak's Missing Technology.  An "absolute, disastrous mess" is how Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter described Tuesday's Amtrak derailment, in which eight passengers were killed and more than 200 injured.  And though it will be some time before its causes and consequences are fully assessed, one point is already clear, and one question already imperative:  Technology exists to prevent speeding trains.  Why wasn't Amtrak using it?

Amtrak speed control system installed but wasn't turned on.  Amtrak had installed the "Positive Train Control" system on the track where a speeding train fatally crashed Tuesday [5/12/2015], but the system was not switched on.  The system could have automatically slowed the Amtrak 188, but instead it jumped the rails, killing 8 people and injuring more than 200.

Liberal Media's Latest Lie: Lack of Infrastructure Spending Caused Amtrak Crash.  In 2009, didn't Barack Obama market his unprecedented $787 billion "Stimulus" program under the banner of repairing America's failing infrastructure?  Why, yes, yes he did. [...] Fast forward to this week's tragic Amtrak accident.  Cue legacy media jumping to the "You low-life taxpayers aren't spending enough money on infrastructure!" argument.

'Reckless' Amtrak engineer, 32, who was driving doomed train at 106mph claims he has no memory of crash.  It has been reported the 32-year-old, who has been an engineer with Amtrak since 2009, has been interviewed by police, had a blood sample taken and has handed in his cell phone to the authorities.

Investigators: Train that derailed was going around 106 mph when emergency brakes applied.  An Amtrak train carrying 243 people derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night [5/12/2015], claiming the lives of at least seven passengers.  Train 188 was traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City when it derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 9:21 p.m. on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane.

Amtrak Has a Trust Problem in Congress.  "The problem is you give Amtrak the money and they blow the improvements or squander it," said Republican Rep. John Mica on Wednesday [5/13/2015].  "Congress does not trust Amtrak.  They've given them the money before."  Democrats, for their part, have for years complained that Amtrak is underfunded.

Trump, liberal MSM blames Republicans for Amtrak crash.  Some hardcore liberal ghouls came out of the woodwork shortly after the overnight crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia, saying Republicans are to blame for failing to fund infrastructure spending and increasing the federal train agency's budget.

Engineer in control of doomed Amtrak train refused to speak with investigators and has 'no explanation' for crash.  The engineer in control of the speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia is a Queens man who's refusing to talk to investigators about the deadly Tuesday night crash.

Amtrak Train That Derailed Was Going 106 M.P.H., Officials Say; 7 Killed.  The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven, was barreling into a sharp turn at 106 miles an hour — more than twice the speed limit on that stretch — when the engineer slammed on the emergency brakes, seconds before the train jumped the tracks, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.  The maximum allowed speed was 50 m.p.h. on that curve, in the Port Richmond section of the city, but data downloaded from the "black box" recorder showed that just before it crashed, the train was speeding at 106 m.p.h., Robert Sumwalt, the National Transportation Safety Board member leading the investigation, said at a news conference late Wednesday [5/13/2015].

Six dead and 65 injured as train carrying 243 derails and rips apart in Philadelphia.  An Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night [5/12/2015] prompting a mass casualty incident that claimed the lives of six people.  Train 188 was traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City when it crashed around 9.20 pm as it went into a turn just a few miles outside of 30th Street Station.  The train, which had been carrying 238 passengers and five crew members at the time of the crash, had seven cars derail, all of which came entirely off the tracks.

Speed, not 'crumbling infrastructure,' eyed in Amtrak derailment.  As we reported last night [5/12/2015], the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City set off a fury of instant analysis that GOP cuts to infrastructure spending were probably to blame.

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Many on the political left immediately politicized the accident, some blaming it on "crumbling infrastructure."  But infrastructure spending can't prepare for a train that's going twice the speed limit.

AP estimates train in deadly crash was traveling 107 mph.  An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday evening in Philadelphia was travelling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit less than half that, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Amtrak train was going 100 mph, twice the speed limit before fatal crash: report.  The Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash in Philadelphia Tuesday night [5/12/2015] was going about twice the speed it should've been traveling, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.  The speed limit is 70 mph just before the curve and 50 mph along the curve itself, the Federal Railroad Administration said.

26 dead as passenger train cars derail in India.  Three coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India on Friday [3/20/2015], killing 26 people, and rescuers were using gas cutters to rip apart the mangled wreckage to find trapped people.

30 Injured, 1 Possibly Dead After Metrolink Train Hits Vehicle in Ventura County.  Twenty-eight people were hospitalized, four of them in critical condition, and the driver of a produce truck that was struck by a Metrolink train was being questioned following a fiery wreck that caused several train cars to derail in Oxnard early Tuesday morning [2/24/2015].

Four passengers critical among 28 injured after LA commuter train hits tractor-trailer.  Four people were critically injured and several carriages overturned in the early morning [2/24/2015] derailment in Ventura County, California.  A total of 28 passengers suffered injuries when four cars of a Southern California Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides after slamming into a truck which burst into flames.

Federal Transit Administration to conduct safety inspection of DC subway after fatal accident.  One passenger was killed and more than 80 others were sent to hospitals when smoke filled a train inside a tunnel near a busy downtown station last month.

Metro-North Train Hits S.U.V., Killing 7 in Railroad's Deadliest Accident.  A crowded Metro-North Railroad train passing through Westchester County at the height of the evening rush on Tuesday [2/3/2015] slammed into a sport-utility vehicle on the tracks at a crossing, creating a fiery crash and explosion that killed seven people, injured a dozen and forced the evacuation of hundreds.  It was the deadliest crash in the railroad's history.

Giving Up On Black America.  To get to any bus that will take me to Manhattan or other parts of the city, I have to keep my eyes on the ground to avoid stepping on three things:  dog crap, hacked up phlegm, and spoiled fast food.  This is too bad because except for the people who mostly create this problem, the neighborhood, referred to by locals as the poor man's Riviera, is actually quite wonderful.  One reason that I'm not liked on my block is that I rarely make eye contact with people.  Unfortunately, I've become more occupied with where my feet will land than with acknowledging and greeting my neighbors.

Stray bullet strikes St. Charles streetcar passenger in weekend shooting, NOPD says.  A stray bullet struck a woman as she was stepping off a St. Charles streetcar over the weekend, New Orleans police said.  The 25-year-old was hit in the hip.  The shooting happened at St. Charles Avenue and Erato Street just before midnight Saturday (June 21).

Caught On Camera: Drexel Hill Man Punched In The Face At Trolley Stop.  A man sitting at a trolley stop in Drexel Hill is punched in the face, and it's all caught on camera.  "It's a real shame that something like this could take place," said the victim.  The victim does not want to be identified, but wants his story told.  He says he was just minding his own business at the Burmont and Morgan trolley stop last week when about six teens came up to him.

Watch: Riders exact street justice on bus attacker.  A belligerent bus rider who was caught on camera attacking a pair of senior citizens received a taste of street justice from fellow riders, who took him down and tossed him onto a sidewalk.  The nearly 2-minute video starts with a straphanger verbally assaulting a woman sitting down in the bus' priority seating.  He goes on an expletive laden, sexually derogatory tirade, gradually moving closer toward the victim.  Soon after, a rider with a cane stands up to defend the woman and the attacker pounces, knocking the man's cane from his hand.

Senator's close call with train in New Haven.  Richard Blumenthal was standing close to the platform edge during a speech by Milford Mayor Ben Blake, when a train hurtled past, disturbing a diagram.

Dem Senator Nearly Hit by Train During Press Conference About Commuter Safety.  Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has been waging a campaign demanding safety accountability for the Metro-North railway this week after it was discovered that the MTA has had 139 violations resulting in $552,000 worth of fines over the last ten years.  But as he discovered this week, there is also an element of personal responsibility when it comes to commuter train safety.  Blumenthal was holding a press conference Friday on the Milford Metro-North station platform when an Amtrak train came barreling into the station and almost knocked him out cold.

Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber.  There is constant sound and motion at DART's Convention Center Station, and it's one of Kim Lanphere's regular stops.  "I use DART 30-to-40 times a week," she said.  "At most stations, I feel relatively safe, because there's light and people."  But as of Saturday, her feeling of safety is gone.  Dallas police say she passed 23-year-old Jamail Koroma on a sidewalk near the station.  "I felt him change his gait, and at the time I had by bag here," she said, motioning by her side, "and I put it on my shoulder, just to hold it safe."

Union: Chicago train operator 'extremely tired'.  An operator of a Chicago public-transit train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports Monday [3/24/2014] may have dozed off, a union official said.

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You would think there would be some kind of mechanism that would bring a commuter train to a gentle stop in the event of the driver's death or drowsiness.  But apparently that hasn't been invented yet.

Documents detail fire, maintenance issues with Charlotte airport buses.  Charlotte's airport in 2007 started buying hybrid buses from a local company that promised better gas mileage, cleaner emissions and a quieter ride.  But more than six years later, the airport's DesignLine buses have traveled a rocky road.  The vehicles have been plagued by maintenance problems, including braking issues and a fire that a former executive says still causes him concern.

Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just Before Train Derailment, Sources Say.  Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said.  He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at 82 mph, was heading into a precarious curve that called for the train's speed to be reduced to just 30 mph.  As the train entered the curve, sources said, Rockefeller was jolted from his sleep and hit the brake, but not in time.

Amtrak train carrying 218 derails in South Carolina.  Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent with 218 people aboard went off the tracks in South Carolina early Monday as bags flew and jolted passengers clung to each other, authorities and passengers said.

Spaghetti Dinner Leads To Full-Blown Brawl On NYC Subway Train.  Who thought that eating spaghetti on a packed subway car could cause such problems?  Well, it did.

Sex Offender's Kidnap Attempt Stopped By Metro Commuters.  Metro commuters stopped a teenage girl from being kidnapped by a registered sex offender Thursday afternoon [3/17/2011] in South Los Angeles.  According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the attempted abduction occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Avalon Green Line station.  As many as 10 metro commuters stepped in to interrupt it before police arrived.

Chatsworth crash's roots lie 20 years in Metrolink's past.  The commuter line's founders gambled that the line could operate without an automatic braking system, interviews with safety experts and documents show.

Metro is unsafe at any speed.  With billions spent to build and expand Metro, the most important day-to-day task for the system's managers remains operating and maintaining it to ensure passenger safety.  Despite huge taxpayer subsidies, 10 of the nation's 25 largest transit agencies have had to raise fares (as high as 33 percent in San Francisco and Boston) to cover looming deficits.  But Metro has taken a slightly different route:  It's deferred literally billions of dollars in needed maintenance while appeasing ever-escalating union wage and benefit demands.

In Washington:
Senators to Metro:  Fix problem or face intervention.  Four U.S. senators have told the chairman of the Washington area's subway system — the second largest in the country — that the recent string of accidents is unacceptable and direct federal intervention is possible if he fails to promptly fix the problems.

Three Metro workers disciplined for 10-car Green Line train.  Three Metro employees have been disciplined for allowing a 10-car train — two cars too many — to run on the Green Line last week. ... Such trains are a concern because rail platforms are built to hold a maximum of eight cars, leaving the remainder hanging into the tunnel and potentially exposing passengers to the dangerous third rail and tracks when doors open.

MTA supervisors faked subway inspections.  It's a disaster waiting to happen.  NYC Transit supervisors falsified thousands of vital signal inspections across the subway system for years, leaving straphangers at risk for deadly collisions like the one that killed nine people in Washington, DC, The [New York] Post learned.

Metro engineers lacked licenses.  The lack of required engineering certification didn't prevent three high-level engineering managers from getting jobs at Washington's $2.2 billion transit operation.  A previously undisclosed internal review at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) found that three of its engineers did not have engineering certifications from Maryland, Virginia or the District.

The French Fry's Revenge.  I really don't understand how DC commuters continue to resist the allure of mass transit.  There's the serene quiet found as you stand at the base of one of Metro's frozen escalators and gaze in wonder at the glimpse of daylight far in the distance.  The tactile sense of community that exists on the Red and Orange lines during rush hours.  And now, the system has announced the highest Metro crime rate in history, which takes some doing.  Crime rates are down in Washington, DC and Fairfax County, VA yet Metro, which operates in both, has seen its crime rate skyrocket 12 percent in 2010.

D-train riders surprised when opossum hitches ride.  Early morning commuters had a furry surprise on their trip into Manhattan last week.  Riders on a Manhattan-bound D train had to evacuate the car at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning [1/13/2012] after someone spotted the adorable — yet possibly dangerous — opossum taking a free ride, an MTA spokesman confirmed.

49 dead, hundreds injured in Buenos Aires train crash.  A packed commuter train slammed into a retaining wall at a railway terminus in Buenos Aires during rush hour Wednesday [2/22/2012], leaving at least 49 dead, 600 injured, and dozens trapped in the wreckage.

Drunk man is electrocuted [urinating] on third rail of G train.  A drunken man was electrocuted and killed relieving himself on the third rail in Brooklyn this morning, sources said. [...] His 26-year-old pal tried saving him and was also shocked, police added.

Unreliable drivers, faulty equipment, and unexpected delays

Stranded NJ Transit, Amtrak commuters face long waits after all service [are] halted for [the] second time in a week.  Commuters trying to get home to New Jersey are facing a nightmare Thursday evening after all NJ Transit and Amtrak trains out of New York were temporarily halted follow a raging brushfire.  All NJ Transit and Amtrak trains out of New York Penn Station were stopped for the second time this week after an equipment failure, again outraging fed-up riders trying to get back to their homes.

German Public Transport Workers Strike Over Working Conditions - Reports.  Around 90,000 public transport workers at over 130 companies in Germany staged walkouts on Friday to demand reduced working hours and extra days off, media reported.  The 24-hour strike, called by one of Germany's largest trade unions Verdi, is expected to bring bus, subway and tram services to a standstill in more than 80 cities and about 40 German districts, affecting 15 out of 16 federal states, the RND media group reported.  Bavaria is the only state not impacted by the industrial action as there were no negotiations between Verdi and employers.

Sound Transit apologizes after 4-hour Seattle tunnel shutdown.  The Westlake Station through the downtown Seattle tunnel was forced to stop the 1 Train in its tracks for four hours Monday morning just before 7 a.m. due to an electrical issue with the emergency exhaust fan, according to Sound Transit spokesperson John Gallagher.  "These are fans that are in place for fire safety purposes in the event of a fire," Gallagher said.  "They have to be in operating condition at all times."  He told KIRO Newsradio the electrical system failed.  "When that happens under fire department protocol, the trains cannot operate in that station," Gallagher added.  "And that's the reason why the station had to be closed."

Denbighshire village bus service axed following introduction of 20 mph speed limit.  Residents in a Denbighshire village say they feel like they are being "cut off" after their local bus service provider told them their stop was being axed following the introduction of the 20 mph speed limit.  Arriva Wales will no longer serve the village of Llandegla [as of] 14 January after reviewing its timetable and service provision in North Wales.  This will have a "huge impact" on everyone who relies on the service, according to Councillor Gwyneth Dillon, from Llandegla Community Council.

A battery-operated locomotive is never a good idea, unless you can pick it up with one hand.
Failures of Latvia's new electric trains serve as a warning for the rest of us.  For the most part, I don't care how things are done in Europe.  One exception is Latvia, [...] What is the biggest story in Latvia in the first week of 2024?  The failure of new electric trains there, replacing old electrics.  The new trains are operated by a company called Vivi. and the trains were built by Skoda Group, a Czech company. [...] And of course, I've noted before that liberals adore trains because they only go where there are rails.  In a practical way, it's beneficial in North America to see how Latvia is enduring its electric train problems.  Meanwhile, the electric trains debacle is a Latvian cultural phenomenon.

Hundreds of Pro-Israel Demonstrators Left Stranded on Tarmac after Bus Drivers Coordinate 'Antisemitic' Strike.  Hundreds of Jewish Americans, on their way to Tuesday's March for Israel at the National Mall in D.C., were left stranded on the tarmac of a local airport after their bus drivers coordinated a "mass sick out" day to prevent the travelers from attending the rally.  Around 300 of the 900 passengers flown in by the Jewish Federation of Detroit were left on tarmac of Dulles International Airport for nearly eleven hours, causing them to miss the entire March for Israel event before being sent back home.  When several buses failed to appear upon their 10:30 a.m. landing, many travelers had no way to leave the tarmac.  David Kurzmann, the senior director of community affairs at the Jewish Federation of Detroit, had "learned from the bus company that this was caused by a deliberate and malicious walk-off of drivers."

About 300 Jewish people headed to DC Israel rally left stranded by bus drivers staging 'deliberate and malicious' walkout.  Hundreds of Jewish people headed to Tuesday's pro-Israel rally in DC were left stranded when bus drivers staged "a deliberate and malicious walk-off," a major Jewish organization said.  The "anti-protest" left a chartered flight from Detroit — about 300 people — on the Dulles Airport tarmac for about 11 hours before they were sent back home, causing them to miss the entire March for Israel event.  "I thought it was nuts, I thought it was crazy that we're blocked from getting to the rally," Jonathan Kaufman told The [New York] Post, adding that there were "frantic" calls to find out what was happening as they were stranded for hours.  "Our right to assembly is a constitutional right — and this was straight-up blocking that."  Kaufman and 900 others hopped on three private planes out of Detroit chartered by the Jewish Federation of Detroit, which also booked several buses to transport the massive group to the march at DC's National Mall.

Bus Driver Fired After Camera Catches Him Boozing While Taking Students Home, Officials Say.  A school district on Wednesday fired its bus driver who drank alcohol while driving high school students home in Long Island, New York, according to officials.  While no one sustained injuries, a camera caught the driver "drinking an alcoholic beverage," the New York Post reported.  Police told Newsday that they have opened an investigation into the matter, and also confirmed with News 12 that they had found an open container.  [Tweet]

Dude Sparta Kicks Obnoxious Woman Holding Up Train In Philly.  A man, who had enough of a bunch of ratchets arguing and holding up the metro in Philadelphia Sparta kicked the woman holding the doors open.  [Video clip]

Unhinged NYC man paces on Manhattan subway tracks, delaying trains for an hour.  An unsettled man climbed onto the tracks at the Washington Square Park subway stop — delaying trains for about an hour as emergency responders convinced him to climb back up, according to cops and witnesses.  The 42-year-old jumped down just after 2:30 p.m. and was walking between the north and southbound A/C lines at the West Fourth Street-Washington Square station, authorities said.  EMS workers and people on the platform yelled to try to coax the man to come back up onto the platform — with some straphangers even throwing down money to persuade him to climb to safety.

Atlanta public transit CEO, 56, kills himself by jumping front of train.  Atlanta public transit CEO Jeffrey Parker committed suicide on Friday night after stepping in front of a train in the outskirts of the city.  Parker, 56, was struck at the East Lake station in Atlanta at 10.30 pm, a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority official told  No motive for his suicide has been announced.  The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office and Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from

Snow stalls Amtrak in Virginia, with unbelievably long delays.  Some passengers were enduring one of the worst trips ever Tuesday as winter weather continued to wreak havoc not only with road travel but also Amtrak trains, where stranded passengers said they were dealing with overflowing toilets and a lack of food.  Amtrak's Crescent, which left New Orleans on Sunday on its way to New York, got stuck north of Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday morning, returned to Lynchburg and remained there until finally heading northbound again late Tuesday afternoon.  Officials said downed trees had been blocking the tracks.  Earlier Tuesday, passenger Sean Thornton said in a phone interview that the railroad was providing food, but toilets were overflowing and passengers were furious.  The Richmond, Virginia, resident was in a sleeping car with a private toilet, but he said coach passengers were suffering "a wretched, wretched experience" with cars reeking of overflowing toilets.

COVID Staffing Crush Forces NYC Subway Suspensions, NJ Transit Cancellations.  Multiple lines on NJ Transit had to cancel trains Tuesday evening, as the transit agency dealt with what it called "crew availability" difficulties, while New York City Transit said it had to suspend three lines for the same reason.  "Like everyone in New York, we've been affected by the COVID surge.  We're running as much train service as we can with the operators we have available," the MTA said — and suggested customers use an N train in Queens or an R train in Manhattan.  The W line was suspended all of Wednesday, which had an effect on riders, many of whom said that their commutes were impacted.  Its suspension continued Thursday and the B and Z services were also cut.  The MTA suggested straphangers use the Q trains in Brooklyn and D trains in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Bus Drivers Dueling For A Highway Lane Ends Up With A Terrifying Stabbing.  Little is known on where this happened or the condition of the driver but it seems the bus on the right didn't have many patients and just kept cutting the bus on the right off.  Both buses eventually stop and the driver for the bus on the right attacks the other driver with a knife, stabbing him several times.  No word on the attacked driver's condition.  [Video clip]

Widespread violence and looting in Chicago.  Media reports showing widespread looting in Chicago on Sunday night [8/10/2020].  The Chicago Tribune reported that it observed people carrying shopping bags full of merchandise in the areas where the looting was happening and at least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.  The Chicago Transit Authority also tweeted that all bus and train service going into the city's downtown areas was "temporarily suspended at the request of public safety officials."

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So much for your Monday morning commute!

China:  Lunatic Bus Drive & Horrified Passengers.  The bus driver has clearly made this trek a few times but the passengers are hysterical.  [Video clip]

Antifa Extremists Blockade Major Passenger Railway Line, Force Toronto Cancellations.  A blockade near Toronto along a major commuter train line by far-left Anifa extremists has forced the transit company to cancel trains from Hamilton to Toronto.  The blockade, which was called for and organized by the far-left Antifa group "Wet'suwet'en Strong:  Hamilton Solidarity," was set up on Monday night at the Bayview Junction with protesters bragging about burning a court injunction handed to them, the Globe and Mail reports.

Texting and Driving.  [Driving a commuter train, apparently.  Location unknown.]  [Video clip]

Why would anyone take over after Andy Byford fled the MTA?  The resignation Thursday of subways chief Andy Byford made an already-grim 2020 picture even bleaker.  The state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority tried valiantly to put a positive spin on it, but it's a sign that one of the world's foremost experts on modernizing subways and buses thinks Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't have the will to do it right.  When Byford joined the MTA two years ago, the subways were at their lowest point in modern history.  In 2017, fewer than two-thirds of trains were on time; nearly 70 "major incidents" per month delayed hundreds of thousands of passengers.  Last year, as the MTA announced this week, 80 percent of trains were on time, and the number of "major incidents" each month was down to 46.

The Ghost of Y2K hits Hamburg.  The city of Hamburg in Germany has 120 new DT5 trains, and 95 of them still won't work after the new decade has blown in.  As soon as a train reaches the end of the line and has to reverse its direction (and the train driver must turn it off and walk to the other end to drive it back), it won't turn on again.  At all.  The Hamburger Abendblatt reports in that an informer told them that this is attributable to a date problem, with the year flipping from 19 to 20.

MTA Blames Subway Delays on Rogue Pencil.  A misplaced pencil was to blame for longer waits on the New York subway system Christmas Eve, the MTA says.  The authority tweeted the alert to its customers just after 12 p.m.  Tuesday [12/24/2019], saying the pencil had "prevented a train's doors from closing."

Texting tram driver causes derailment.  [Video clip]

Engineer with sleep apnea who caused fatal Hoboken train crash gets his job back.  The engineer who was operating an NJ Transit train that crashed in Hoboken Terminal in September 2016, killing a woman walking through the station and injuring 108, will return to work after winning an appeal.  Thomas Gallagher, who blacked out at the controls on Sept. 29, 2016, due to undiagnosed sleep apnea, won his arbitration case on Aug. 28 and will be reinstated as an engineer, as long as he meets medical conditions and continues sleep apnea treatment.  He was suspended and subsequently fired after the crash, a decision that he appealed.

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Would you ride comfortably on a passenger train, knowing that the man in the front seat has already caused a fatal crash?

700 people rescued from trapped train in India floods.  Rescuers in India on Saturday safely evacuated all 700 passengers from a train after it got stuck in monsoon floodwaters between two stations near Mumbai, the country's home minister said.  A statement by India's disaster management office in Maharashtra state said the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck due to flooding of the tracks.

New York's power is coming back after Manhattan spent hours in the dark.  [Scroll down]  The outage was having a widespread effect on the New York subway system, which was experiencing power outages in its stations, the agency managing the trains said.  "Subway service remains significantly disrupted across the system, although there is limited service on the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines," the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted.  The MTA advised people to stay away from underground stations.  The outages were affecting "multiple lines," the MTA said, so trains were using a "local track."  The MTA told people to consider taking the bus.  [7/13/2019]

Rogue slug blamed for Japanese railway chaos.  A power cut that disrupted rail traffic on a Japanese island last month was caused by a slug, officials say.  More than 12,000 people's journeys were affected when nearly 30 trains on Kyushu shuddered to a halt because of the slimy intruder's actions.  Its electrocuted remains were found lodged inside equipment next to the tracks, Japan Railways says.

MBTA retirement exodus could hamper operations, watchdog says.  A jump in MBTA retirements over the past few years following buyouts and early retirement options has contributed to the T's troubles staying staffed, and one watchdog says it could have an effect on operations.

The real reasons why New Yorkers are fleeing the city.  We live in Texas, where we don't have any state or local income tax or languish in rodential subterranean subway stations waiting for a train that may or may not come.  For me, it was the subways that were the last straw.  I had one of the easiest subway commutes in town:  from City Hall to Grand Central, a nice straight shot on the express train.  When it started taking me as long to get home downtown as it had when I lived in Norwalk, Conn., I decided it was time to get out. [...] What really matters is the everyday stuff:  Do the subways work?  Do they leave and arrive on time?  Do they smell like port-a-potties?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Praises the Washington, D.C. Metro.  On Sunday [4/7/2019], Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised the Washington, D.C. Metro, apparently oblivious to the fires and horrific management problems the Metro faces.  "DC Metro is pretty good, especially when compared to the MTA lately," Ocasio-Cortez said in a Facebook "moment," contrasting the D.C. Metro to the New York subway.  "It's clear they are investing in public infrastructure w/modernized train cars, etc."  She responded to criticism shortly afterward.  "Lots of folks begging to differ on DC metro being better," the congresswoman added.

Amtrak train stranded for more than 36 hours arrives at Oregon station.  A scenic Amtrak train journey felt more like a torturous trip on the Oregon Trail for nearly 200 passengers when the locomotive hit a tree Sunday — stranding them for some 40 hours.  The 1,377-mile Coast Starlight heavy-rail trip, from Los Angeles to Seattle, was meant to last about 35 hours total.  But trouble struck around 6:18 p.m.  Sunday [2/24/2019].  "Conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees," Amtrak said in a statement.

MTA officials say New York City subway riders are partly to blame for delays.  Each weekday, some 8,000 trains run in New York City.  MTA officials came up with a new policy to try to decrease delays.  The policy, which was launched in August, instructed conductors to try and not allow commuters to push their way on trains while the door was closing by forcing it open with their limbs or belongings.

Sorry: It still doesn't feel like the subways are getting better.  "The statistics show that we are turning the corner where we need to turn it," NYC Transit chief Andy Byford said Monday ... to the collective groans of straphangers.  Byford says major delays — ones involving 50 or more trains — are down nearly 12 percent, compared to the period before the emergency Subway Action Plan began ... more than a year ago.  This is little consolation to the countless New Yorkers now leaving home earlier just to have a hope of making it to work on time — and too often getting home late.

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Interesting.  A delay involving 49 trains or less is not a "major" delay.

America's largest city is facing a monumental subway crisis.  Subway delays in the nation's largest city cost up to $389 million in lost productivity each year, according to the Office of the New York City Comptroller in October 2017, and city officials are increasingly sounding the alarm.  The problem has gotten worse since the comptroller data was collected in 2016.  Naturally, transit dysfunction has become a central component of Thursday's gubernatorial primary vote in the city.  "Our subway system is the backbone of our economy," New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement to Yahoo Finance.

Students steer school bus to safety after driver has heart attack behind the wheel.  Three teenage students in Southeast Texas steered a crowded school bus to safety after the driver was stricken with a heart attack.  Gerald Gardner, 73, was leaving Sealy Junior High School Thursday [9/6/2018] after picking up students when he lost consciousness, KHOU-TV reported.  The two high school students and one junior high student took control of the bus as it rolled across Highway 90 and brought it to a stop.

Edge case paralyses train network around Amsterdam (ProRail).  Yesterday afternoon [8/22/2018] a shop-lifter at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands was on the run from the police and tried to get away by running into the train tunnel that runs underneath the airport.  As a safety measure train traffic control ordered all trains around the tunnel to stop.  One of these trains apparently stopped just when it had received both an automatic and a manual platform assignment In the minutes that followed those conflicting orders triggered over 32,000 planning records to be generated in the system effectively performing a denial of service attack.  ProRail, the network operator, had no other choice than to shut down the entire computer system responsible for the train network around the Amsterdam area for hours.

Goats caught roaming New York City subway tracks.  It was just another baaaaad commute for a duo of New York City transit riders.  Subway officials were surprised Monday [8/20/2018] when they caught a pair of goats wandering the tracks in Brooklyn.  The four-legged animals were walking on the tracks for the N line for about two hours before New York City police were able to safely remove them.

Get ready for a commuter apocalypse.  The dreaded April 2019 kickoff of the 15-month shutdown of L-train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan is still months off, but the line's riders are about to face a painful precursor.  Starting at 11:30 p.m.  Friday, much of the line will go dark until 5 a.m.  Monday, with trains operating only between Broadway Junction and the southern terminal at Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway.  The pattern will repeat for another 14 nonconsecutive weekends between now and next spring as the MTA performs prep work for the larger shuttering.

D.C.'s Metro Has Warned Riders Against Taking the Metro.  I Did it Anyway.  Against the advice of Washington D.C.'s rail transit authorities, I decided to take D.C.'s rail transit system this morning [8/6/2018].  As a wave of station closures and service reductions has hit D.C.'s Metro this summer, the agency responsible for operating it — the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) — has been urging riders to steer clear of its trains.  In pamphlets warning of major delays on segments of the Orange, Silver, and Blue line trains, WMATA has told riders to "only take Metro if you have no other option."  Similar advice to "consider alternative travel options" has been offered to riders on the city's Red line, segments of which WMATA has closed to allow for badly-needed repairs at the Rhode Island Avenue station.

Bus driver fired after agency investigation found he engaged in "sexual activities" with passenger.  The bus driver greeted the young woman with a kiss on her cheek when she boarded Route 39 close to Busch Boulevard and Florida Avenue.  Instead of taking her seat, she stood close to driver Efrain Perez.  Over the next three hours, their show of affection grew more and more heated, an investigation by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority found.

200 unqualified people drove N.J. buses.  Now, the clerk they bribed is going to prison.  A former New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission clerk, who faked records and sold commercial driver's licenses to school bus drivers who never passed mandatory tests, was sentenced to prison Friday, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's office.  Rodman Lora, of Ridgewood, was sentenced to seven years in state prison after investigators found he modified records at the Lodi MVC for more than 200 people from 2014 to 2016, allowing them to illegally receive commercial driver's licenses in exchange for cash payments, officials said.

Bus driver fired for watching YouTube videos while driving passengers.  A bus driver was caught on camera watching more than the road — viewing clips of classics like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and browsing YouTube while barreling down a New York highway earlier this week.  The unidentified driver for Tour America was spotted by passenger Barry Fisk after the bus left Manhattan around 8:30 a.m.  Monday [4/16/2018].  Fisk, who was headed to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets with his wife, said the driver started watching videos on his phone immediately after shoving off.

Greyhound bus accidentally drives 114 miles in wrong direction.  Passengers aboard a Greyhound bus bound for New York City from Cleveland were left fuming Thursday after mechanical problems and a surprise detour kept the bus in Ohio.  The bus left Cleveland more than three hours behind schedule, passengers told News 5 Cleveland.  It was supposed to leave at 2:30 a.m., but didn't get rolling until around 6 a.m.  As the bus was heading through Pennsylvania, it was forced to turn around because the vehicle was experiencing some issues.  "I woke up around eight and I see signs that we're heading back towards Ohio," Morgan Staley, a passenger, told News 5 Cleveland.

LIRR president to resign following scathing report.  Embattled Long Island Rail Road president Patrick Nowakowski — whose service has been besieged by consumer complaints — will resign his post this week, transit sources said Wednesday [4/11/2018].  Nowakowski's upcoming departure wasn't considered a huge surprise, in the wake of an embarrassing state report last month that showed LIRR's on-time performance in 2017 was the railroad's worst in 18 years.

Police Remove Activists Blocking Way to US Bank Stadium.  Police in Minneapolis have removed protesters who locked themselves across a light-rail line near U.S. Bank Stadium, temporarily halting trains carrying fans to the game.  Activists protesting police brutality chained themselves along the Green Line carrying ticketholders to the Super Bowl on Sunday [2/4/2018], stopping trains in both directions.  In a release Sunday afternoon, organizers said Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives and other groups shut down light rail at "several critical transit lines in Minneapolis" starting about 2:30 p.m.  It was unclear how many lines were affected.

NJ Transit back on schedule following overhead wire problems in Penn Station.  Train service into and out of Penn Station New York is now operating on or close to schedule following an Amtrak overhead wire problem in the station Thursday morning [1/11/2018].  A spokesperson for Amtrak said there was an power issue earlier in the day, but it was quickly resolved.  Due to the overhead wire problem during the Thursday morning [1/11/2018] commute, several trains were canceled or delayed by up to 20 minutes, affecting multiple straphangers.

Armed man pulled brake on Amtrak train in Nebraska, authorities say.  An alleged white supremacist who attended a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year faces federal charges after trying to wreck an Amtrak train in Nebraska, authorities said.  Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Mo., entered a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train Oct. 22, toyed with the controls and applied the emergency brake — sending passengers lunging and knocking out electrical power, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Neb.  The filing of terrorism charges was first published in the Lincoln Journal Star last week.  Two Amtrak conductors detained Wilson on the train until police arrived, authorities said.  One conductor said Wilson taunted them, saying, "What are you going to do, shoot me?"

Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker.  Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker.  That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take credit card payments, and assigns buses and trains to their routes.  The local transit agency alerted federal agents following an attack on their computers that riders may not have noticed Monday.

Fruitcake wrapped in suspicious package temporarily halts Seattle ferry.  A fruitcake left underneath a Christmas tree in a Seattle ferry terminal temporarily halted service on Tuesday [12/26/2017], police said.  The fruitcake was initially wrapped in a suspicious package that forced authorities to shut down and evacuate Seattle's Colman Dock, according to the Washington State Patrol, KCPQ-TV reported.  "Troopers and State Ferry employees worked to evacuate the terminal out of an abundance of caution.  All inbound ferries were held away from the terminal until the package could be deemed safe," the State Patrol said in a news release.

Illinois school bus driver was three times over legal alcohol limit, prosecutors say.  A veteran Illinois school bus driver has been busted for trying to pick up special needs students while having a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit, prosecutors say.  Karen Kawa, of Chicago Ridge, was arrested Wednesday after pulling up to the Walsh Elementary School in Summit.  A special needs assistant allegedly noticed her acting strange and notified the school's principal as students boarded the bus, the Chicago Tribune reported.

NJ Transit service resumes after derailment at New York Penn Station.  Penn Station is the nation's busiest train station.  Problems have plagued the station and the related infrastructure in an around Manhattan along the Northeast Corridor.  The incidents have included power outages, signal problems, and derailments.  Amtrak, which owns the tracks, has promised to begin a major overhaul of the tracks and the switches.

Heavy rain means deluge of water in subways.  Earlier Friday, the heavy rain made a tropical scene at a lot of subway stations, including at Bryant Park and 42nd Street.  At the same station, it looked like a storm cloud was directly over the F train.  A cascading waterfall was seen at the 18th Avenue station in Brooklyn.  It recently opened after a yearlong renovation.  Hopefully, riders still had their umbrellas handy at the Jay Street R train platform.

G Train Subway Service Resumes After Earlier Suspension.  Volume is expected to rise during unprecedented summer repair work at New York's Penn Station, and the entire system is in crisis at precisely the moment commuters need it most.  The situation has become so dire extensive delays and suspensions are the norm.  "Good service" status on the MTA website brews skepticism.  Riders report taking alternate routes involving multiple trains because they simply don't believe theirs will run as scheduled.

3 Amtrak trains running after power system, tree fire.  Amtrak officials say a tree came in contact with a power system, sparking a fire near Groton, Connecticut, delaying three trains scheduled to pass through [6/25/2017].

Here's why black-outs in 3 major US cities were almost certainly related.  Yesterday, morning power black-outs hit three major US cities in two time zones.  Areas of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles were hit by the still unexplained power cuts.  San Francisco's power supply is controlled by Pacific Gas and Electric, most of Los Angeles is controlled by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power while other areas are controlled by Southern California Edison and much of New York City is controlled by ConEdison.  In other words, the power systems of the three cities, all of which are either far or very far from one another are not connected in any way.  This leaves only two logical possibilities and one illogical possibility, which incidentally is the one that the mainstream media is running with.

Power Outages Coincide in LA, New York, and San Francisco.  The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. [4/21/2017] in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system.  By 11:30 a.m. the city's MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.  The MTA and Con Ed are still working to determine the cause of the outage.

Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights.  A huge blackout probably caused by a fire at a PG&E substation swept through San Francisco on Friday, bringing everyday life to a virtual standstill as homes and businesses and courtrooms went dark, traffic lights stopped working, BART and Muni service slowed, and all the cable cars shut down.

Power outage causes subway problems.  A Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman says New York City subway service is "fairly normal" following an hourslong [sic] power outage that caused major delays.

The Editor says...
I'm rather surprised when the Associated Press omits punctuation.  Show me a dictionary that includes hourslong without a hyphen.

Train stuck in tunnel nearly 3 hours, then stun gun sparks stampede.  A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday [4/14/2017], and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a disruptive man in a station, sparking a stampede.

12 hurt in stampede at Penn Station.  False reports of gunfire caused panic at Penn Station and the nearby flagship Macy's store on Friday evening.  [T]he confusion apparently started when a police officer used a Taser on a man during an arrest.  The sound or flash started the panic, which spread through the station.  16 people were injured in the stampede that followed.  It happened during a rush hour commuter train disruption that left thousands of people stranded in the train station at the start of the holiday weekend.

1,200 passengers stuck on train in Hudson River tunnel.  A New Jersey Transit train with around 1,200 passengers aboard was stuck for hours in a Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey.  Authorities say the Northeast Corridor train became disabled around 3:40 p.m.  Friday afternoon due to a loss of power in the tunnel.  The train had departed from Trenton and was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station New York at 3:15 p.m.  It was after 6 p.m. before it was towed into the station.

Man's Ebola Claims Briefly Shut Down Port Authority Bus Terminal.  Part of the Port Authority bus terminal was briefly closed Thursday evening as authorities investigated a man's claims that he "may have Ebola," officials say.  The lower level of the North Wing, comprising gates 60 to 85, was closed during the evening rush.  Police were seen stationed outside the cordoned-off gates.

Passengers stuck overnight on Amtrak train.  Power was finally restored to a stranded Amtrak train in the Bronx Friday morning [2/10/2017].  Passengers aboard a Boston-bound train say they were stuck overnight for about five hours without heat.  The train began moving again shortly before 8 a.m.

TriMet closes MAX platforms around Pioneer Courthouse Square because of protests.  Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in downtown Portland and marched onto [I]nterstates 5 and 84 on Wednesday [11/9/2016] as they protested Donald Trump's election.  After roaming on both sides of the Willamette River during rush hour, at times chanting "Not my president," they entered I-5 near the Moda Center and closed it down.  Authorities blocked off northbound and southbound lanes on a stretch from the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge in one of multiple freeway closures during the protest.

Unauthorized vehicle on tracks struck by Long Island Railroad.  A Long Island Rail Road train struck a vehicle on the tracks near Central Islip, forcing the evacuation of about 500 passengers and causing suspension of service between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

Public transit workers in Philadelphia go on strike as contract expires.  Public transportation workers in Philadelphia went on strike at midnight on Monday [10/31/2016] after they were unable to reach a contract agreement with the transit system that provides almost one million rides a day in and around the fifth largest U.S. city.

Muslim train driver in Paddington crash had gone without food for 15 hours for Ramadan.  The accident, which occurred on June 16, was caused when the driver passed a red signal before coming off the track and hitting a mast — resulting in the station's closure and rail chaos across London.  Investigators are now probing whether the accident occurred because the driver was undergoing a Ramadan fast and had not eaten in the 15 hours before the crash.

L train to shut down for 18 months starting 2019.  An East River tunnel that carries one of New York City's most crowded subway lines will be closed for a year and a half starting in January 2019.

LIRR service resumes with delays.  Service on the Long Island Rail Road resumed late Monday morning following an earlier suspension due to a derailed, non-passenger track maintenance car.  Cancelations were reported between Jamaica Station, Queens and Penn Station, Manhattan.

Signal Problems Cause Extensive Subway Delays.  Extensive delays struck half a dozen subway lines Wednesday afternoon [7/13/2016] due to power issues, threatening to make for a nightmarish commute. [...] Earlier, the MTA said all lines were delayed because of a power outage; it said it switched to a backup power system and trains were running.

Big Delays:  Metro-North Trains on Modified Schedule After Inferno Under Rails.  The fire that broke out underneath elevated Metro-North tracks in Manhattan and caused crippling problems on the busy rail line appears to have been sparked by an accidental fuel spill, fire marshals said Wednesday [5/18/2016].

Washington DC is shutting down the entire subway system on Wednesday with no notice for urgent safety checks.  The entire Washington, DC, subway system will shut down for at least 29 hours to inspect electrical components on the tracks following a fire near one of the system's tunnels, officials said on Tuesday [3/15/2016].  The shutdown comes after a fire broke out on Monday about 4.30 am in the tunnel outside the McPherson Square station in downtown Washington.  The fire led to delays on the orange, blue and silver lines, which go through the station.

Amtrak signal issues create headaches for Boston commuters.  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) warned commuters early Friday [2/19/2016] to expect further delays and be prepared to take alternate routes after a damaged Amtrak signal snarled train traffic on Thursday.  Passengers on commuter trains from west and south of Boston were forced to get off of trains at outlying stops before South Station and transfer to rapid transit lines or walk the remaining distances to their destinations Thursday.  The damaged signal forced Amtrak to operate track switches manually.

Greyhound driver reportedly leaves riders in bus while he naps at hotel.  The bus was reportedly on its way to Denver when it stopped at the La Quinta in Salina, Kansas on Tuesday [1/5/2016].  Passengers claim the driver never said where he was going or why, and eventually called Greyhound and police to figure it out.

Head of Boston-area transit system resigns after snow delays.  The general manager of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday [2/11/2015] amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region.

New England Digs Out From Latest Winter Whopper.  Boston-area subways, trolleys and commuter rail trains ground to a halt at 7 p.m. Monday [2/9/2015] and remained idle Tuesday, with only limited bus service continuing.

How's America's Rail Security Doing?  Are we ready for a nefarious terrorist attack on our train and transit lines? [...] On Tuesday, an estimated 150 New York Fire Department personnel responded to a three-alarm fire at Penn Station that started before 2:30 a.m.  Two firefighters suffered injuries battling the Big Apple blaze, which was initially deemed "suspicious" and then "accidental."  Worth noting:  A militant ISIS sympathizer published multiple threats on Twitter a few hours before the fire, warning that "tomorrow New York will burn" and predicting a "3:00 a.m. bomb."

Driver of Times Square bus had license suspended 11 times: DMV.  The double-decker tour bus driver who slammed into another bus and injured 14 people in Times Square on Tuesday [8/5/2014] while allegedly high on drugs has had his driver's license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times, officials said.  William Dalambert's struggles behind the wheel date back more than two decades to 1993, according to a spokeswoman at the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles.  His license was suspended a total of 11 times; four were for unspecified violations; two were for not having insurance; two were for not filing paperwork properly, and three were over unpaid child support, according to the spokeswoman.  He also had his registration suspended a total of nine times for driving uninsured.

Amtrak train leaves Penn Station for Washington, D.C., without its passengers.  An Amtrak train bound for Washington pulled away from Penn Station on Saturday without some pretty important cargo:  its passengers.  Scores of travelers were stranded after the Acela Express 2253 took off from one platform about 3 p.m. — while they were waiting at another and unaware the train was leaving them behind.  Several minutes passed before the passengers even got wind of what had happened, one told the [New York] Daily News.

Obama Intervenes in Philadelphia Rail Strike.  President Barack Obama on Saturday intervened in a commuter rail strike in the nation's sixth-largest metropolitan area, granting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians['] unions.

Great moments in union contracts.  Following up on the sensational Blue Line crash at the Chicago Transit Authority's O'Hare Airport terminus:  "The CTA's contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union authorizes the agency to fire rail operators who have had two serious safety violations in a short period of time [emphasis added], and officials said the two incidents when [Brittney] Haywood dozed off qualify her for termination."  Falling asleep just once at the controls of a train wasn't enough!

Operator of Train That Derailed and Drove Up an Escalator Has Been Fired.  The driver of the Chicago commuter train that crashed into O'Hare airport and climbed halfway up an escalator, injuring 32 but somehow killing no one, has been fired.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Brittney Haywood, 25, was a relatively new employee but already had at least one "serious safety violation" on her record before the early morning March 24 crash.  Haywood told the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, that she "dozed off" while driving.  She'd also done this at least once before — on February 1, she fell asleep and missed a stop.  Haywood had also overslept at least one shift.

Train driver in deadly New York crash had 'severe' sleep disorder, NTSB says.  The driver of a New York commuter train that derailed at high speed last year, killing four people, had a serious sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night, federal investigators disclosed on Monday [4/7/2014].

Bus riders frozen out as fight over snow removal leaves many NJ Transit stops packed in ice.  Commuters getting on and off NJ Transit buses along highways in Bergen and Passaic counties have been climbing over boulders of ice and snow for the past week because no one seemed to know who was supposed to plow the bus stops.

Super Bowl fans trapped for hours at MetLife stadium.  One of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history was capped by one of the biggest blunders in regional transit history.  Overwhelmed by a record number of riders, NJ Transit kept fans waiting after the game for hours for shuttle trains from MetLife Stadium.  Jubilation over the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 stomping of the Denver Broncos quickly deteriorated into transportation chaos.

Hundreds of Passengers Rescued After Night on Frozen Amtrak Trains.  Hundreds of Amtrak passengers were rescued today [1/7/2014] after spending a bone-chilling cold night stranded on board three Amtrak trains that were crippled by snow and ice outside of Chicago.  More than 500 passengers who were affected by the delay are expected to arrive in Chicago this afternoon, likely on charter buses nearly 20 hours after the got stuck, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told ABC News.  The trains were halted late Monday [1/6/2014] near Mendota, about 90 miles west of Chicago.

Lost NJ Transit bus arrives nearly 2 hours late to NYC.  Passengers on NJ Transit's No. 113 Express bus were taken on a ride from hell during Thursday's morning rush when a lost driver took a really scenic route to New York, leaving commuters nearly two hours late for work.  The express from Dunellen to the Port Authority Bus Terminal became a local — and then some.  Passenger Aileen Iosso sent this text to her boss:  "I don't know where I am and I don't know when I'll be in."

Cameras catch 67 Metrobus operators dozing while driving.  A total of 67 Metrobus drivers were caught sleeping on camera while driving their buses on local roads in a 19-month period, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner.  And one of them was caught dozing while driving twice within six months.

Driver walks off Greyhound bus in Missouri, stranding passengers.  Greyhound officials located a driver on Monday [11/21/2011] who walked away from her bus in the middle of the night in rural Missouri, leaving 45 passengers stranded for about eight hours at a gas station, the company said.

Protest closes 4 BART stations, leaving commuter crowd stranded.  Market Street was choked with hundreds of pedestrians struggling to get home, stopping at each successive Bay Area Rapid Transit station entrance only to be turned away. ... The stations were closed for about two hours during a demonstration against alleged BART police brutality and a decision by agency officials last week to cut underground cellphone service in an effort to quell an earlier protest.

In England...
Muslim bus driver halts bus to pray.  A Muslim bus driver told stunned passengers to get off so he could pray.  The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt on the floor facing Mecca.  Passengers watched in amazement as he held out his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant. … After a few minutes the driver calmly got up, opened the doors and asked everyone back on board.

We can't stop the train because our GPS is broken.  Passengers on a Southern [England] service from East Croydon were stunned when they were told that their stopping train would skip six stations and go direct to the end of the line in Caterham, Surrey.  When they got there the driver said the reason was that the train had lost its satellite link.

Power outages hit NYC subway Searing heat wreaked havoc on travel plans for New Yorkers as power outages shut parts of LaGuardia International Airport and the city's subway system during the morning rush hour.

Cell Phone Ban May Follow Massachusetts Trolley Crash.  The head of the Boston-area transit authority said Saturday he'll ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cell phones on board after a trolley driver told police he was texting his girlfriend before a collision Friday.  About 50 people were hurt in the underground crash in downtown Boston, though none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Update; slightly off topic:
Texting Trolley Driver Is Transgendered Male.  The Boston-area transit authority trolley driver who allegedly slammed into another train while text-messaging his girlfriend Friday was hired as a minority because of his transgendered "female-to-male" status and had three speeding tickets on his driving record in recent years, ABC News has learned.

Blackout Lesson:  Keep the Gas Tank Full.  For the 90 percent or more of commuters who use cars to get to work, this was the lesson — make sure there is always enough gasoline in the tank to get home.  The blackout [of August 15, 2003] demonstrated the vulnerability of downtown areas that rely on electric urban rail.

Big freeze kills dozens in Europe.  The death toll from winter storms across Europe rose to more than 50 on Monday [12/21/2009] as transport chaos grew amid mounting anger over the failure of Eurostar high-speed trains. ... The breakdown of the Eurostar service under the Channel, linking London with Paris and Brussels, has symbolised Europe's suffering.  After the nightmare of more than 2,000 people stuck in the tunnel when five trains broke down, tens of thousands more people have missed trains that have been cancelled since Friday night [12/18/2009].

Amtrak strikes again:
'Train from hell' arrives almost a day late.  Pulling into Chicago almost a full day behind schedule, one Amtrak passenger recounted "the train from hell," and others are vowing they will never use the rail service again.  Amtrak's California Zephyr arrived 19 hours late full of "tired, hungry and stinky" passengers, according to a story posted on WMAQ's Web site.

Muslim bus driver pulls over and begins praying in the aisle.  A Muslim bus driver stunned passengers by pulling over mid-route and beginning to pray in the aisle.  The driver stopped the bus without warning before removing his shoes and, using a fluorescent jacket as a prayer mat, beginning to chant in Arabic.

Metro fires bus driver after road rage incident.  Metro on Wednesday [4/21/2010] fired a Metrobus driver who was arrested earlier this month after allegedly displaying a knife to a motorist while operating his bus, the latest transit driver let go after reports of misconduct.

London Tube power failure forces passengers to escape through pitch black tunnels.  Thousands of London Underground passengers were forced to leave trains and walk along tracks during one of the biggest power failures in the Tube network's history.  More than 4,000 passengers were affected when five Tube trains broke down, leaving many claiming they were traumatised by having to walk through pitch black tunnels.

Thousands of Tokyo Commuters Stranded as Quake Shuts Down Train Services.  Tokyo's subway system, the world's busiest with about 8 million riders a day, shut down, leaving commuters to wait hours for taxis or search for somewhere to spend the night.  Commuter trains serving the city and suburbs were also halted.

Amtrak CEO ditches broken train to travel by car.  Today's the big day for Amtrak's Wilmington train station.  It is being renamed in honor of Vice President and former Delaware Senator Joe Biden following major renovations made possible with stimulus funds.  One problem:  the CEO of Amtrak got stuck on the train.  ABC News Deputy Political Director & Political Reporter Michael Falcone tweeted at approximately 10 a.m. that the Acela train he was riding had been "delayed" in Baltimore and that he was sitting next to Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman.

Indian train travels 980km in wrong direction... without any rail staff noticing.  More than a thousand furious rail passengers stormed a station office after they noticed the train they were on had gone 980km in the wrong direction.  As the packed service pulled into the Indian city of Warangal people on board went berserk as they realised they were five hours away from where they should have been and no staff on board had noticed.

The Editor says...
What does that tell you about the scenery in India?

Three trains damaged, 300 riders trapped after piece falls from Metro train.  About 300 Metro riders were stuck underground waiting in dark rail cars for more than two hours Tuesday morning [12/20/2011] and thousands more saw their commutes delayed after a piece of a train broke off, damaging two following trains and bringing the Blue and Orange lines to a standstill.

Expiring CharlieCards causing confusion and frustration.  For frequent riders, the expiration proves largely invisible:  Their cards get an automatic software upgrade, and two-year extension, when swiped.  But irregular riders may find themselves suddenly unable to use their plastic CharlieCard.

The death of Jordan Neely in the New York subway:

Black Grievance Politics Is Destroying Civilization.  Without security, there is anarchy.  And where there is anarchy, the state can command neither legitimacy nor respect.  Yet racial idolaters on the Left have pushed society to forgo basic expectations of public order and civilized conduct.  Demanding anything more than day-to-day chaos would be cruel to "marginalized" people like deranged homeless black men on the subway.  The Left has a warped infatuation with society's most entitled, recalcitrant, and destructive elements.  Their latest martyr is a lunatic named Jordan Neely, who was killed while threatening commuters in Manhattan on Monday morning.  The man, portrayed by sympathetic media as a "Michael Jackson impersonator," was throwing garbage at people and making vaguely threatening statements about his willingness to go to prison for life.  A reasonable person would feel afraid in this situation, as passengers doubtless did.  A heroic vigilante intervened and put Neely in a chokehold.  Two other men helped restrain Neely, who later died.  Seldom is the line between civilization and savagery drawn so clearly as it was in Jordan Neely's subway car.  The Left has demonized the vigilante for his "barbaric" supposed "lynching," but this gets it precisely backward.  Barbarism on the subway is a daily occurrence; it is part of the atmosphere.  Barbarism is forcing commuters to fear for their lives and property on a Monday morning.

The progressive-left mob has come for Daniel Penny.  First, the facts.  Jordan Neely suffered from severe mental illness.  He had a record of 42 previous arrests, including four for assault, and was wanted on a warrant for seriously injuring a 67-year-old woman by punching her in the face.  In the moments prior to the tragic encounter that led to his death, Neely was throwing garbage at subway passengers and screaming that he didn't care if he went to prison for the rest of his life.  Several passengers dialed 911 for police assistance.  Others would later say how fearful they had been.  In that moment, Daniel Penny and two other passengers — one of them a person of color — tackled Neely and brought him down.  Neely resisted forcefully, kicking and screaming and trying to break loose.  Penny put his arms around Neely's head and neck; the others tried to restrain his arms and legs.  This went on for about three minutes until the train pulled into the station and police arrived.

Recap and overview:
Wanna Be a Good Samaritan?  Fuhgeddaboudit.  This past May 1 was a typical day on the New York City subways.  Commuters and tourists were transiting beneath the chaos of overhead Manhattan, only to witness New York's subterranean version of Dante's Inferno.  Specifically, a homeless man, now euphemistically called an "urban camper" or "displaced person," was harassing fellow subway passengers.  The Guardian went further in their descriptors, calling Neely "a talented dancer" who was "remembered as kind and loving" and even "had a fan club."  Neely also had a long rap sheet, a fact conveniently overlooked by most media sympathizers.  According to the Daily News, Neelly has been arrested 42 times in the last 10 years, most recently in November 2021 for slugging a 67-year-old female stranger in the face as she exited a subway station.  He had a history of mental illness."  Enter ex-Marine Daniel Penny, a fellow traveler on one of New York's subterranean mental institutions on wheels, noting how Neely was harassing and threatening other passengers.  With the assistance of several other like-minded passengers, Penny restrained Neely until he stopped resisting.  Penny then put Neely into a recovery position (with passengers complimenting his actions), hardly the moves of someone intent on killing Neely.  "He's a hero," said another passenger, who has lived in New York City more than 50 years.

Daniel Penny attorney reacts to Gov. sending National Guard to NYC subway after violent attacks: 'About time'.  Daniel Penny's attorney, Thomas Kenniff, said it was past time to address New York City's crime problem on its subways after Gov. Kathy Hochul deployed the National Guard to NYC subways this week.  "It's about time," Kenniff said on "Fox & Friends" Friday.  "I just wish it didn't take this long for there to be a realization, a recognition among our elected leaders that there's a crisis that's going on in the subways of New York City."  Kenniff's client, U.S. Marine veteran Daniel Penny, is facing charges in the chokehold death of a homeless, mentally ill man, Jordan Neely, who was yelling violent threats at riders on a New York City subway last year.  Penny said he did not intend to kill Neely but was trying to protect women and children who were "terrified" of Neely.  "I don't know if 'too little too late' is the right expression but, 'better late than never,' perhaps," he continued.  At a news conference on Wednesday, Hochul announced that 750 members of the National Guard will assist law enforcement with checking bags for weapons.  The measure comes as city leaders grapple with skyrocketing violent crime in the underground system.

Harrowing Details in New Subway 'Chokehold' Court Filing Should Get Daniel Penny Case Thrown Out.  If any indictment ever demanded dismissal, this one does.  The case against Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny, facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in New York City, came under new light in a defense motion brief reported by Fox News on Tuesday.  And the details should have the case thrown out of the courtroom.  Penny is charged in the May 1 death of Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old with a documented history of mental illness and violent crime.  The incident took place aboard a subway car in Manhattan, a closed environment where riders were at the mercy of a man openly menacing women and children.  And as grand jury testimony cited in the brief makes clear — testimony that paints a picture of the atmosphere on the F train that day — those riders were terrified.

Rudy Giuliani says he would have given ex-marine Daniel Penny a medal for confronting Jordan Neely on NYC subway.  Rudy Giuliani says he would have given ex-marine Daniel Penny a bravery medal if he were still mayor as he lashed out at politicians who are 'empowering criminals' in a new interview.  Penny, 24, was indicted on second-degree manslaughter charges over the chokehold death of mentally-ill vagrant Jordan Neely, 30, last week and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.  But in a clip from a new interview obtained exclusively by, former New York City Mayor Giuliani said Penny 'did what he should and protected people'.

Heather Mac Donald on the scapegoating of Daniel Penny.  The lesson to be learned is:  white boy, don't lay a hand on an oppressed minority person, he or she might die and you will be prosecuted as a white supremacist murderer, conviction assured in a big blue city in America.  I know what a choke hold is, and Penny didn't have a choke hold on Neely.  He had a head lock with no evidence on the video of the key elements of a choke hold.  The right hand and arm were not in the lever/crank position for a choke hold.  One more time — look at the videos — Penny isn't cranking on a choke hold, he was holding the man's head to restrain him; Chauvin was not bearing down to asphyxiate a 224 pound man, he was at 170 pounds with gear added, not capable of asphyxiating George Floyd.  Floyd and Neely both died of cardiac arrest from excitement and exertion and that could have been aggravated by drugs on board.  People die suddenly and quietly, sometimes just dropping to the ground when they have a cardiac rhythm disturbance.

Daniel Penny Speaks Out, Says Jordan Neely Was Threatening to Kill People on the Subway Before Chokehold.  Daniel Penny, the decorated US Marine who placed Jordan Neely in a chokehold on a New York City subway which resulted in his death spoke out for the first time.  The Gateway Pundit reported on the charges against 24-year-old college student and decorated Marine veteran Daniel Penny in the death of serial felon Jordan Neely.  While the media has tried to portray Neely as a harmless Michael Jackson Subway crooner, a witness who was on the subway with Neely and Penny during their encounter is calling Penny a hero and claiming that he saved people's lives.

Jordan Neely's family to file wrongful death lawsuit against 'subway vigilante' Daniel Penny.  The family of the homeless man put in a fatal chokehold on the F train by straphanger Daniel Penny plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the former Marine, The [New York] Post has learned.  The May 1 death of Jordan Neely was caught on video and has sparked a firestorm.  Penny — who last week told The Post in an exclusive sitdown that his actions "had nothing to do with race," and that he regretted the system tragically failed the mentally-ill Neely — faces a manslaughter charge.  Now Neely's aunt, Carolyn Neely, who represents Jordan's estate, has hired the Manhattan law firm of Mills & Edwards to file a civil action against Penny, according to a letter obtained by The Post.

Daniel Penny is a scapegoat for a failed system.  Jordan Neely was given a hero's funeral in Harlem last Friday, eulogized by New York's most prominent race activists before an audience of the city's Democratic elite. [...] Jordan Neely was a standard product of New York's homelessness empire.  A thirty-year-old schizophrenic drug addict, Neely had cut a swathe of destruction and fear through New York's streets and subways for fifteen years.  Despite his predilection for assaulting the elderly, he had been repeatedly allowed to skip out of treatment and jail.  In 2019, Neely punched Filemon Castillo Baltazar in the head as the sixty-five-year-old waited for a subway in Greenwich Village.  In June 2021, he walloped Anne Mitcheltree in the head inside a deli in the East Village; she was in her late sixties.  In November 2021, Neely broke the nose and fractured the eye socket of a sixty-seven-year-old woman as she exited a subway on the Lower East Side.  These physical assaults were accompanied by a steady stream of disturbing behavior.  In June 2019, for example, Neely banged on the door of a subway ticket agent's booth and threatened to kill her.  None of these attacks landed Neely in long-term mental health confinement, even though, as a mentally ill chemical abuser (MICA), Neely was certain to attack again.

The Left Has Pushed the Envelope.  In New York, a threatening subway career criminal with 42 prior arrests was subdued by a bystander and died during the confrontation.  The criminal is now deified.  The would-be Samaritan is charged with felony manslaughter.  The deceased's uncle is vocal about his late nephew's confrontation.  But he himself was just arrested with stolen property and armed with a knife.  He was mysteriously still roaming the streets despite 70 prior arrests and current active arrest warrants.

Good Samaritans are Now Chumps and Criminals.  Far from trying to kill [Jordan] Neely, Daniel Penny put Neely into a recovery position (with passengers complimenting his actions), hardly the moves of someone intent on killing Neely.  "He's a hero," said another passenger, who has lived in New York City more than 50 years.  Who really killed Neely?  Where were city officials or his family?  If he was behind bars for his myriad crimes, he would be alive today.  If his schizophrenia had been properly treated, including hospitalization, he would be alive today.  Neely was left for dead by his family and New York City long before Daniel Penny restrained him.  The NYC subway system is now a mental institution on wheels where drug or psychiatric fueled rage and violence is the norm.  Observing a threat to subway passengers, former Marine Daniel Penny was the good Samaritan, "giving help to people who needed it", namely other subway passengers.

What Neither Side Gets Right About Jordan Neely's Death.  Kat Rosenfield, meanwhile, has written a brilliant piece for UnHerd that explores our collective hypocrisy over different types of crime, particularly in our post-MeToo era.  Why, she asks, should women accept serious violence on the subway, or even the threat of it, and at the same time be expected to hold a policy of zero tolerance toward any kind of sexual harassment?  As she writes:  "If you argue that a woman can be traumatized by bawdy humor in the office or awkward come-ons in a bar, surely you would agree that she's entitled to be fearful when trapped underground on a metal tube with an erratically behaving stranger twice her size."

How the Morlocks Seized New York.  In subterranean New York, [Daniel] Penny came face to face with a modern Morlock, Jordan Neely by name.  Neely had been arrested 42 times in the past 10 years and had a well documented mental health history.  The NYPD knew he was dangerous.  They had arrested Neely most recently in November 2021 on felony assault charges after he punched a 67-year-old female stranger in the face.  Two years later, Neely was roaming free.  After 20 years of good governance, the left took over New York's City Hall with the installation of Bill de Blasio in 2014.  Since then, the Morlocks of New York, armies of them, have been emboldened to terrorize the Eloi on the streets and on the subways.  Hardly a day passes without some new video surfacing of a Morlock striking or threatening an Eloi while the other Eloi pretend not to see.  It seems somehow appropriate that Neely died on May 1, the ultimate feast day on the revolutionary calendar.  Eleven days later, the Morlocks' enablers got their way.  Manhattan's district attorney, Alvin Bragg, feeling the need to sacrifice a white man to the woke gods, charged Penny with manslaughter.  Penny clearly did not intend to kill Neely.  He expected to restrain him until the police arrived.

'Homicide' is the wrong cause of death for subway assailant Jordan Neely.  Now we know that after he was restrained Mr. Neely was alive and able to talk, so Mr. Penny didn't kill him.  So you might inquire why is Penny being accused of homicide?  Coukd it be racial politics?  I have already elaborately explained here at American Thinker that George Floyd was not murdered, thathe died of a cardiac arrest while he was resisting arrest and agitated. [...] To proceed, the information now available is that Mr. Neely was conscious and talking at the scene after he had been restrained and then collapsed and died.  He wasn't lynched, he died because he was juiced up and excited and he got restrained by a Marine who knew how to take down a perp. [...] Cardiac rhythm problems kill people all the time — sudden death while exerting/excited, sometimes for no reason whatever.  George Floyd was not murdered, nor was Mr. Neely.  Death in the circumstances of an arrest or detention or restraint.

There are at least fifty more of them, and their names are already on a list!
Jordan Neely Was on NYC's List of 'Top 50' Mentally-Ill Homeless People in Need of Urgent Help.  The tragic death of Jordan Neely on a New York subway has shed light on the difficulty city officials and outreach groups faced getting him the treatment he needed.  Neely was on what outreach workers refer to as the "Top 50" list — a roster maintained by New York City of the homeless people living on the street most urgently in need of assistance and treatment.  An unnamed employee of the Bowery Residents' Committee, a nonprofit organization that does subway outreach for the city, told the New York Times that Neely had hundreds of encounters with social workers and was taken to hospitals numerous times, both voluntarily and involuntarily.  Neely also racked up more than three dozen arrests.  Many of them were offenses like turnstile-jumping or trespassing.  However, at least four were on charges of punching people, two in the subway system.

(Don't) Take the F Train.  Another act to subdue an aggressive mentally ill man leads to another George Floyd media-leftist whitewash of the perpetrator and this time, I think it will not work. [...] The usual bleeding hearts are blaming the subduers and contending that Neely was driven to this because he was homeless.  In actuality, he was probably homeless because he was very mentally ill and though former mayor Bill DeBlasio's wife spent $850 million dollars ostensibly to improve the city's treatment of the mentally ill, no one has been able to trace how these monies were spent.  In any event, the city and its subways appear chock full of aggressive mentally ill people attacking ordinary citizens.

A homeless man was killed by another New York City subway passenger.  Governor Karen and the city's Cop Mayor called for justice, which is code for hang whoever they arrest.  Where were the police?  Why do Democrats allow this to happen?  We know why.  To cover their tracks.  Democrats turned subways into hell and now give good citizens the choice between being the victim of a lunatic who kills them or a lunatic justice system that punishes anyone who stands up to the psychos.

In a World Gone Mad, the Jordan Neelys Rule.  Jordan Neely was a mentally ill homeless man who had terrorized the citizens of New York — especially subway passengers — for many years.  He had been arrested at least 40 times for crimes ranging from assault to disorderly conduct and fare evasion.  And on the day of his death, several eyewitnesses report that Neely had made repeated threats to the well-being of passengers, "stating his willingness to 'hurt anyone' and saying that he was unbothered by the prospect of returning to jail or being killed," according to NRO.  [Tweet]  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jordan Neely was "murdered" because he "was houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself."  So passengers and bystanders are just supposed to allow Mr. Neely to terrorize and assault them with no thought of defending themselves?  You picked the wrong hobby horse to ride, AOC.  [Tweet]  AOC also didn't mention this attack on the gay community.  [Tweet]

You may also find this informative, in regard to Mr. Neely:
Video Of Jordan Neely Defecating In A Subway Station, Then Walking Around Naked (NSFW).  A video of a schizophrenic homeless man, Jordan Neely, [defecating] and then walking around naked in a NYC subway station has surfaced.  The media and BLM have done their best to portray Neely as a friendly Micheal Jackson impersonator when in reality he was a dangerous individual with a long, violent arrest record with little regard for the law.  [Video clip]

A city that permits the seriously mentally ill to roam free is begging for tragic outcomes.  In an incident sadly familiar to many New Yorkers, a man living on the streets with a long history of mental illness started screaming, acting erratically, and threatening the people sharing his subway car earlier this week.  "I don't mind going to jail and getting life in prison," screamed the 30-year-old Jordan Neely, who had 44 arrests under his belt and an outstanding warrant for felony assault, as he flailed around throwing items of his clothing.  "I'm ready to die!"  In response, a 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran put Neely in a chokehold, incapacitating him and releasing him after he stopped struggling and passed out.  A freelance reporter who took video of the incident, Juan Alberto Vazquez, told news outlets that no one on the train initially thought Neely was in any worse shape than being unconscious, but by the time the police who met the train at the station took him to a nearby hospital, Neely was pronounced dead.  Police questioned the young man, whose name they did not make public, but released him without charges pending an investigation.  In the next 36 hours, the usual suspects began to gin up the outrage machine.

Leftists Are Calling The Choking Death Of This Homeless Man Murder But Facts Say He's Been Arrested 44 Times, Was Acting Agressive And Threatening People.  New York's medical examiner determined that Jordan Neely, 30, who was put into a chokehold by a fellow subway passenger - a veteran Marine - on Monday, died from "compresison of neck" and stated that his death was the result of homicide.  DA Alvin Bragg is investigating the incident.  The city saw protests and anger from residents on Tuesday after the news of Neely's death was made public.  Straphangers converged on the MTA stop at Broadway Lafayette Streets in downtown Manhattan to protest the killing.  [Video clip]

What the Arrest of Daniel Penny is All About.  Experienced subway riders know that they are trapped for minimally three minutes, longer on express trains and, occasionally even longer if there's a track fire, a broken switch, or a stuck train.  You are also stuck with all the people on the ten-car train (usually a 100+).  Furthermore, though walking between cars is prohibited, people ignore the restriction (doors are unlocked), so forget about choosing only cars with non-threatening fellow passengers.  That scruffy vagrant you saw sleeping in the end car before you boarded a crowded middle car may soon be standing over you requesting a "donation."  This is not an airplane with screened passengers, cabin staff, and FAA rules banning unruly passengers.  The subway's unpleasant reality has been made even worse as cops now ignore turnstile jumpers.  Nor is there any police protection while you are trapped.  Mayor Eric Adams has flooded the subway with cops, but the bad news is that you only see them outside the train, often chatting while watching their cellphones.  Worse, they typically just mill about at the station entrance many yards from subway platforms.  In other words, when the next Jordan Neely corners you yelling and screaming, you're on your own until the next station and then, if lucky, you can exit to summon law enforcement.

The Editor says...
In Dallas, there are several differences:  The trains are mostly above ground, the cops are sometimes seen on board the trains (if only to check to see if you really bought a ticket), and a substantial percentage of the riders are carrying weapons, legally or not.

Protesters Storm Busy Subway Station and Halt Incoming Trains, Then One Makes a Near-Fatal Move.  A mob flooded a Manhattan subway stop Saturday evening in protest against the death of Jordan Neely, a homeless man who died in the subway Monday after being placed in a chokehold.  Witnesses have said Neely, who is black, was acting in an out-of-control manner when Daniel Penny and others intervened.  Video showed Penny holding Neely in what appeared to be a chokehold.  Nelly's death has been ruled a homicide.  The Saturday evening protest at the Lexington Ave. and E. 63rd St. station on Manhattan's Upper East Side included some protesters jumping onto the tracks in the path of an oncoming train.  The more than 100 protesters managed to disrupt service until the tracks were cleared.


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