Fired RTA Driver Fights to Get Job Back

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CLEVELAND — The RTA driver fired after being caught on tape punching a passenger has been cleared to receive arbitration through the Regional Transit Authority.

Artis Hughes, 59, turned himself in to Beachwood Police in October following the incident. Hughes reportedly hit Shi’dea Lane, 25, after a verbal altercation over fare payment. Video shot from another angle shows Lane assaulting the driver first, and she was charged with disorderly conduct in the incident. Hughes posted $5,000 bond for a misdemeanor assault charge after turning himself in.

*Click here to see cell phone video of the incident…

RTA released the following statement in October after the incident:

“RTA saw the video posted on YouTube of the operator incident on October 11. Through the investigation, we believe the incident occurred on Sept. 18. Upon identifying the driver, he was immediately suspended and removed from duty. His behavior is absolutely unacceptable. RTA apologizes to our customers for this incident. A full investigation continues.”

Hughes also met with his union, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) after the incident.

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