DARTMOUTH - The beating of a Metro Transit driver at the Dartmouth bridge terminal has renewed a call for police officers at bus terminals.
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Metro Transit union head Ken Wilson.
While trying to break up a fight, a bus driver was surrounded by a group of people who knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the face Tuesday night.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm absolutely disgusted by it, to be honest,‚ÄĚ said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 president Ken Wilson.
The driver was released from hospital early Wednesday and will be off work for at least a week.
Tyler Power, 18, of Lower Sackville, appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Wednesday facing charges of assault causing bodily harm, breach of recognizance, and three counts of drug possession.
Wilson said he has now asked for meeting with Metro Transit officials to discuss increasing security at some or all terminals.
‚ÄúWhen the bridge terminal was being built, in the early discussions, we asked to have a community police officer in there,‚ÄĚ said Wilson. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to have that conversation to see if we can get HRP officers in our transit terminals.‚ÄĚ
Wilson said he‚Äôs hearing from operators and the public that they don‚Äôt feel very safe at the bridge terminal.
There are security guards at the bridge terminal, but a city spokesperson said they‚Äôre not encouraged to physically intervene if there is a disturbance.
‚ÄúTheir mere presence goes a long way toward discouraging incidents on site, but if something does happen, employees are trained to contact their supervisors and if needed, the authorities, who are trained and equipped to deal with these sorts of situations,‚ÄĚ said Jennifer Stairs.
She added the bus terminal is part of regular police patrols, and Metro Transit supervisors are regularly present in marked vehicles.