KIRO 7 investigation reveals what may be most dangerous Metro bus route

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:


SEATTLE - There are more issues on and around a troubled King County Metro bus line.

Last weekend, a woman was waiting for a route 7 bus near the Mt. Baker Transit Center.  According to Seattle police reports, she was approached by two teenage girls.  They yelled at her and stole her phone. 

Police reports also show the two teens then hopped the number 7 bus, rode about two miles south and followed another older woman as she left the bus at Rainier and Holly.  They viciously attacked the woman as she walked south, punching her in her chin and kicking her right knee. 

Earlier this year, KIRO 7 spoke with a blind woman who was viciously assaulted on the 7 bus.

KIRO 7 also obtained records from Metro showing that during the first nine months of this year there have been three passenger assaults and two bus driver assaults on the bus line.  A spokesman for Metro said to KIRO previously that assaults on buses are rare, but statistically, the number 7 bus has more than most lines.

Metro police said they use undercover detectives and uniformed officers to aggressively try to stamp out crime on problem lines.