Below you'll find one Dallas Area Rapid Transit customer who won't be so upbeat if he's ever asked to fill out a rider satisfaction survey. But that's only because he's at Lew Sterrett right now, after having been arrested last night for assaulting a public servant, a felony offense. And that happened right after a DART bus driver beat the crap out of him.
It's all documented on a video posted to YouTube late last night, as you'll see below. A Friend of Unfair Park sent it to me, and I forwarded it to DART spokesman Morgan Lyons, hoping he might be able to shed some light on the dimly shot footage. Turns out, it wasn't the first time he'd seen it.
Explains Lyons, this happened at around 7:30 last night. The DART driver made a stop at the Brookhaven College campus and tried to wake up a sleeping passenger, who, says Lyons, "began cursing at the operator and took a swing at him. The operator was defending himself, and Brookhaven police came aboard and helped subdue the passenger." Eventually DART cops also showed up, at which point the rider was arrested.
Says Lyons, DART has seen a recent rise in what they classify as "operator assaults" -- from, he says, "one or two a month to two or three a month, everything from something like what you see in the video to cursing or spitting at the operator. We are concerned about that." But, he says, it's far worse elsewhere -- like, say, Philadelphia.