Report of brick thrown through windshield of X2 bus just after 10am


Ridership on the X2 may have jumped 14% and overcrowding has been virtually eliminated but issues remain. From @MetroTransitPD at 10:10am:

“MTPD and Medics responding to Benning Rd & 19th St NE. Report of brick thrown through windshield of X2 bus. No lookout at this time. #wmata”

“Update Benning/19th: 2 passengers aboard bus sustained injuries (non-life-threatening) and were transported. Investigation ongoing. #wmata”

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  • brookland_rez

    LOL X-files bus!

  • There really needs to be some sort of increased security on this line. It’s a total free-for-all, from public drinking to child abuse to fistfights and teenage pickpockets… too often it’s just not a safe environment.

  • This bus is insane. Every time I ride it (a total of like 3 times), something crazy happens, like a fight, passengers that are hammered, or people screaming for no reason, etc.

  • Are the trolley drivers starting to stake out their territory?

  • Totally agree. The X2 – together with the 90 and 92 – are the worst bus lines in DC. They really are not safe. People behave badly and on almost every bus ride I have taken there has been some sort of incident, whether it’s people getting shot, urinating on seats, robbery, abuse, mentally ill etc. It’s absolutely dysfunctional. I live near the H Street corridor and 2 months ago I decided not to get the bus because of safety, and then secondly because it becomes too depressing an experience for the everyday.

    • Man, all of those “incidents” like people being mentally ill. Come on.

      I ride the X2 and the 90/92/93 each at least 3-4 times per week. You get your odd cast of characters, some public drinking, an occasional argument, etc, but to say that it’s so unsafe that you can’t ride the bus anymore? That’s silly. I don’t know what buses you’re riding, but it’s nowhere near as bad as you’re making it out to be.

      We live in a city. Things happen. People that have mental illnesses should have the right to ride the bus. People that might have addiction problems should have the right to ride the bus. It’s for everyone.

      • People getting shot, robbery, and a brick through the window sound like “being mentally ill”?

        • From Sam’s original post, that “anon” was replying to:
          “People behave badly and on almost every bus ride I have taken there has been some sort of incident, whether it’s people getting shot, urinating on seats, robbery, abuse, mentally ill etc.”
          Anon was implying that all of those incidents can’t be grouped in with riding the bus with someone who may have a mental illness. At least, that was my interpretation.

      • I agree with anon above. I regularly ride on the 90s buses, and while you will indeed get your share of colorful characters, I have never felt unsafe on the bus. Buses provide valuable transportation for people from all walks of life, some of whom may not be as lucky as you or I.

      • Agreed, over the last year my wife and I have been riding this bus every day from 14th street NE to gallery place and it’s very reliable and have never experienced any serious incidents. The bus has been a popular topic lately in social media because more and more people that ride the bus are the same people who post daily on twitter, instagram, and Facebook, which was not always the case in the past. This bus has always had it’s share of issues, but the daily twitter updates are exacerbating the negative media. I don’t really know what can be done beyond the 24/7 camera surveillance that has already been installed.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I fundamentally agree with anon, however, there’s nothing like having the police board the bus with guns drawn while you’re riding the same bus with your mom, who is visiting from out of town and is 10 minutes into her first-ever DC MetroBus ride, to change your attitude, even if it is admittedly an irrational response. (Yes, that happened to this guy, on the 90. It was memorable.)

          • brookland_rez

            We live in a city that, despite all the shiny new condos and small plates restaurants, still has crime. If people don’t want to see the occasional incident, then the city is probably not the place to be. I’m not being dismissive, we should certainly strive for improvements and things have definitely improved in the 12 years I’ve been here, but I’m also realistic in knowing that stuff still happens.

          • Oof. That sucks. I’ve lived here for 15 years, and for some reason the only times sketchy things happen around me is when my mid-western mom is on her annual visit. (And no, I don’t think it’s just because I notice it more when she’s around; if I were to make a list of the 10 strangest things that have happened to me here, at least five would be during one of her visits.)

          • HaileUnlikely

            I’ve lived here for longer than most shiny condos and basically all small plates except Jaleo, and have ridden the bus twice a day almost every single day for all that time (mainly S2,S4,52,54,70, primarily at off hours when it ain’t the office crowd on the bus), and about 99.95% of my bus rides have been incident-free. That was my last ride on the 90, though, and although I’d probably be willing to ride it again for a good reason, it would take a good reason. I get your point about being in “the city,” however, and I realize I will see incidents from time to time, but I try to go about my day-to-day life in such a way as to not go out of my way to maximize the number of such incidents that I seen (doesn’t always work, been robbed at gunpoint twice too). In any event, my point was that, as rare as these incidents are, it’s less easy to blabber about how rare such incidents are–even if you know that’s true–after you’ve been involved in one.

        • brookland_rez


        • I would love to agree. I also took the X2 daily from 14 NE to the last stop when I first moved into the neighborhood in early 2014. Yea, there were the occasional colorful characters, but it never felt unsafe enough to stop taking it…. until I was a few months pregnant. Then, I felt like I was taking unnecessary chances on every trip (and I’m not one to scare easily). Because you are in a tight space with (often times way too many) people, you’ve got to be quick on your feet and ready to run/ duck/ hide out of harms way on the X2. The X2 may be fine most of the time, but for a lot of people I can see how the bus’ recent safety issues could be a serious concern.

          • To be fair, EVERYONE irrationally over-estimates risks once a kid enters into the equation. I don’t think anyone is immune from that batty’ness.

    • brookland_rez

      When I lived on N Cap and R St, I used to use the 90/92 all the time to go to and from Adams Morgan. Never had a problem on that one. I haven’t used the X files bus much, but it does have a deservedly bad reputation.

      • brookland_rez

        This was from 2008-2009.

      • I occasionally take the X2 and the 90/92. The X2 is definitely more entertaining. I’ve seen some just downright weird things happen on that bus – some borderline illegal, though I never feared for my safety. The 90/92 sometimes feels a bit shady with the folks getting on/off at 8th and H, other than that, I don’t think it’s any different than any other bus.

  • I just noticed this morning that my WMATA app says the X2 westbound is going towards two places: Lafayette Square AND Gallery Place. Does anyone know if the X2 westbound to Gallery Place does indeed finish it’s route at 7th and H NW is not continuing to Metro Center or downtown????

  • Please explain the connection to the bus incident. I’m dying to know what sartorial standards at a bar/restaurant have to do with anything.

  • nightborn

    The X2 is the only bus where I’ve felt unsafe even in broad daylight. I feel bad for the drivers who are assigned that route.

  • This is my bus stop. If I had gone to work today, I would have been at the stop at this time. Damn. I wonder what happened.

  • I have taken this bus everyday, twice a day for years. It is what it is people, shit happens yes but as stated above, this is a city and shit is going to happen. I just think that some of you don’t have a point of reference. While the X2 isn’t the circulator, it is a city bus that takes people from all walks of life to their destination. Don’t get me wrong, I am not defending the bus or people’s actions but the X2 isn’t any different than what you would find in any other major city.

  • Predictable generic statements like (1)”this is a city” and (2)”i never felt unsafe” are laughable.
    1. Dense population is no excuse for shitty behavior. Plenty of crowded places all over the world.
    2. Feeling safe is NOT the same as being safe. Guess what? You are not spider man with spider sense.

    • I feel a lot safer on a bus than in a cab. On a bus there are a lot of people in close proximity that can intervene if someone attacks you. If you get in a cab with a driver that’s mentally ill and tries to do something you could be in big trouble.

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