Transit Police are investigating an incident earlier this month (captured on video and posted to WorldStar, of course) in which a Route 28 bus driver shut down her bus and ran out to whale on a woman who dumped an ice-laden drink on her after the driver insisted she pay her fare.
The video of the Aug. 19 incident shows the woman rushing off the bus before her young child - whom she then uses as a shield, but not well enough to keep the driver, now soaking wet, from getting at least one good punch in on the steps of a nearby house. Bystanders had to pull the driver off the woman. As the driver got back on the bus, the woman, child in arms, rushes towards the bus, yelling at the driver.
An MBTA spokesman says:
Transit Police are working to identify the woman who assaulted the bus operator. The woman was upset because the bus operator had asked her to pay the bus fare. It's unclear why the woman felt she didn't have to pay. The bus operator is suspended while a full investigation takes place. While it’s very clear that the passenger was the instigator, it’s incumbent upon the bus operator to demonstrate restraint and allow police to handle such a matter. Two wrongs do not make a right.
The driver has driven for the T for 13 years.