Bus 'Hostage Taker' Leads Protest On New Bus Use
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 20, 2004
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--Donald Stancile was back in the news Friday, after he lead a protest against the Port Authority of Allegheny County for what he considers an unfair use of new buses.
Stancile, president of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), accused the Port Authority of putting new buses on routes serving more affluent neighborhoods, while leaving older, more run-down buses to serve the lower-income areas.
"Some of the problems we see in the lower-to-moderate income areas are buses that are raggedy, buses with lifts that don't work, and drivers that really don't have compassion for people that are challenged," Stancile said in an interview.
Stancile made national headlines last month when he was arrested for taking hostage a Port Authority bus. The 53-year-old had parked his motorized wheelchair in front of the bus and refused to move after the bus driver refused to manually operate a hydraulic lift that would not open automatically. Stancile spent a night in jail for his act of civil disobedience.
According to a brief story in Friday's Tribune-Review, a magistrate later dropped the disorderly conduct charge against Stancile and reduced a misdemeanor obstructing traffic charge to a summary offense, the least serious infraction.
ACORN has received a number of complaints about "broken lifts, buses that break down and problems in driver training" in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
"We want a change of attitude," Stancile said Thursday.
"Group: New buses should be put in needy areas" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)