METRO HAS ANNOUNCED it wants to reduce bus service after 8 p.m. in certain parts of Anacostia because too many of its vehicles are being hit with rocks, bricks and debris. A lot more than bus service is at stake. To cede these streets to troublemakers would signal to residents that certain neighborhoods are beyond protection. Instead, authorities need to redouble efforts to solve this distressing problem — both to catch the lawbreakers and to confront the causes of this destructive behavior.
The attacks, apparently by young people with not much sense and too much time on their hands, are terrifying bus drivers and passengers. The thrown obstacles have shattered windows, sending glass flying. Recently, a driver was hospitalized when a rock came through an open window and hit her on the head. “You can be ambushed down there,” Metrobus driver William H. Nowlin Jr. told The Post’s Luz Lazo. “The people that ride the bus are just as afraid as we are.”