Broward County taxpayers will pay $180,000 to settle three complaints brought by victims of county transit accidents – two bicyclists who were hit by buses, and a passenger injured when the driver shut the door on that person’s body.
The cases, brought to light this week, bring unflattering attention to the county transit service at a time when Broward is touting mass transit as a way for car drivers to avoid high gas prices. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 complaints were lodged against the county bus service.
Hundreds said county buses passed them by, making them late for work or appointments. Some said they were fired or thought they would be. Many said they got close to the bus door, only to have the driver close it in their face.