The senseless attack on an MBTA bus driver in Dorchester by a group of teenagers Saturday should be a call to action to step up protections for vulnerable T employees. Police report 22 cases of assaults or threats against T drivers so far this year — an alarming statistic and an increase over the same period in 2012.
The Transit Police are searching for 15 to 20 suspects, who attacked the driver at around 1 a.m. near the corner of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue. But the bus did not have a security camera that would have helped identify the assailants. New buses carry cameras, but the T should outfit more older buses, too.