Sex-segregation policy on Brooklyn bus line to end, operator pledges

Following the New York World's investigation, a Brooklyn bus service promises to allow women to ride where they choose

Following our report last week on sex segregation aboard the B110 bus line in Brooklyn, the company operating the route has agreed to take action to end the practice, Assemblymember Dov Hikind (D – Borough Park) told the New York World.

“They told me they are changing the policy verbally yesterday,” Hikind said, referring to the B110’s operator, Private Transportation Corporation. “When you get on that bus, you will sit wherever you want just like any other public transportation.”

Last week we reported that a female passenger on the B110, a city franchise bus line, was forced by other passengers to move to the back of the bus in order to comply with the Hasidic prohibition on intermingling between members of opposite sexes. Following the report, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) sent a letter to Private Transportation Corporation warning that a policy of sex segregation “would constitute a direct violation of your franchise agreement and may lead to termination of that agreement.”

The letter directed the company to respond to the DOT by Oct. 26 with an explanation of what steps it would take to end the practice.

Today, the DOT sent us a copy of Private Transportation Corporation’s response.

The company wrote that it was in full compliance with the terms of its franchise and “does not support, promote or condone any conduct involving the segregation of its passengers to various areas of the bus based upon gender.” It agreed, however, to take steps to “confirm our policy of non-discriminatory conduct” with its drivers and staff, and to post signs in B110 buses that prohibit discriminatory conduct.

Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the DOT, said that while the agency was “pleased with the operator’s response, we will follow up with them regarding their proposed actions to prevent incidents like those that were recently reported in the press.”

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  1. Great to see this all started by planting someone on the bus to create a story. This is what j-school teaches people? The fact of the matter is, if you think anything will change from this, you’re mistaken. The bus will continue to “segregate” as you like to put it or go back to abiding to religious custom, which is what is really happening here. Way to make a scoop out of a non-story

  2. I would just like to clarify my earlier post. I do think gender issues are important, but the reporting should go way deeper into the customs of this religion and their reasons for doing so

  3. Joe Schmo describes investigative reporting as if it were something a newspaper should be ashamed of, how odd.

    Given that the neighborhood is predominantly Hasidic, I imagine that women will sit in the back and men in the front for the most part. The key difference now is that non-Hasidic people on this public bus will no longer be coerced into this discriminatory practice. That’s a good thing.

  4. What is it about the separation of church and state that you don’t understand? This is the reason we will never have Sharia law in the U.S. The constitution prohibits it.