NYC Bus Makes Women Ride in Back

But a New York World inquiry might change things
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2011 5:03 PM CDT
File photo of women on a city bus.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Women of Brooklyn, welcome to 2011. Unless, of course, you happen to hop on the B110 bus and have to sit in the back behind the men. The New York World explains: The B110 is a city bus and open to the public, but, in an unusual arrangement, it is operated by a private company to serve two Hasidic neighborhoods. And according to Hasidic rules to curb physical contact between the sexes, men sit in the front and women in the back.

The New York World tested things by inviting a woman to ride the bus and described how male passengers ordered her to move to the rear. The policy's days may be numbered, however. “This is a private company, but it is a public service,” a DOT spokesman tells the World, which is published by Columbia Journalism School. "The company has to comply with all applicable laws,” in this case, ones that forbid gender discrimination. The city said it is getting in touch with the private contractor. (Click to read the full post, which was highlighted in ProPublica's MuckReads.)

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