Bedbug Scare On B44

Once again those pesky bedbugs are making an appearance in the transit news world. This time they decided to use their free transfer & hop the B44 in Brooklyn where an alleged sighting led to passengers fleeing the bus. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:

THE “B” IN B44 stood for bedbugs — or at least a host of passengers thought it did, and hightailed it off the bus following an alleged sighting.

A B44 bus was taken out of service on Monday after a rider spotted what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another passenger as that person was boarding, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman.

“Customers all ran off the bus,” a transit source said on Wednesday.

The bus was sent back to the depot so it could be “treated” by the MTA’s pest-control contractor, but no bedbugs were found in the vehicle, said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. He could not say where the Brooklyn bus was along the route, which runs between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay, when the frenzy struck.

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This is becoming such a big issue now that I expect many more sightings to happen & lead to buses & trains being taken out of service. What can really be done about this problem though? The MTA can only do so much as it is the riders who are bringing these things into the system.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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