The latest contretemps involves allegations that a MetroAccess driver sexually assaulted a disabled patron and the sudden bursting into flame of a Metrobus on the Beltway. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/09/AR2010090906640.html?hpid%3Dnewswell&sub=AR
The assault is the fourth this year involving allegations that MetroAccess drivers have attacked patrons. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/09/AR2010090906812.html?hpid=newswell
The bus fire has resulted in removal of 99 buses from the active fleet. The buses are 10-year-old, diesel Orions and will be taken out of service pending a repair. This would be more comforting if Metro officials had not acknowledged a fire two weeks ago in a newer model bus.