Metro Route 7, which runs down Third Avenue to the Rainier Valley, continues to cement its reputation as one of more dangerous bus rides you're likely to take among the 230-plus routes that King County Metro Transit provides. On Monday, a 48-year-old woman was stabbed on a bus near Third and Stewart. Investigators say the lunatic may have plunged a screw driver or an ice pick into the woman's upper chest.
The woman was rushed to Harborview Medical Center Center. Her condition is stable. The suspect, who was on the bus, was detained by police and an investigation is underway.
In the first 10 months of 2011, 214 "security incident reports" were written up by Route 7 bus drivers, Jim Jacobsen, Metro's deputy general manger, informed Seattle Weekly. Route 358 -- Shoreline to downtown on Aurora -- is by far the No. 1 incident-plagued route with 282 reports filed. (Click here to read some reviews of infamous Route 358).
Finishing third, behind Route 7, is the Rapid A Line, which runs up and down Pacific Highway from Federal Way to Tukwila. On that line, 131 incident reports were compiled by drivers.
Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke says the spectrum of what constitutes a security incident is wide. It could range from a sleeper, to someone who didn't pay the fare, to an act of violence.