Records we obtained show the stats: Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers who have needed medical attention in recent years after being attacked by bawdy passengers.
RAW DATA: CTA numbers behind the story from I-Team's Freedom of Information filing
Watch our main video report above, revealing the weapons of choice for raucous riders that seem to be whatever is handy: wads of spit, eggs, hot drinks or even frozen chicken that can become missiles when pitched at drivers.
While passenger spit is the most cited attack method, there are also reported attacks on drivers with bona fide weapons including stun guns and firearms.
CTA officials say violence against drivers has been reduced by employee training, on-board panic buttons, security cameras and prosecutions of violent offenders.
The transit agency maintains that attacks on drivers are rare.
CTA bus drivers say they need more protection. A transit union official says drivers "have been trained to just stay in the seat and accept the abuse."
For more information about the Chicago Transit authority, visit www.transitchicago.com
For more information about the Amalgamated Transit Union, visit atu241chicago.org null