The shooting on the D.C. Metro’s Green Line today by a 15-year-old “capped a string of brazen attacks on riders in recent months — with at least eight other assaults, robberies and violent incidents on the subway and bus system since November.” USA Today, Feb. 23, 2016.
A writer in the Washington Post has called for more cops on Metro trains: “What riders want to see is more cops riding the rails. Police officers can’t see everything, either. But people can see them– and that includes bad guys. A police officer’s presence can deter trouble, especially inside the trains. After all, that’s where riders feel most vulnerable.” (Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2016)
If you agree, let Metro leadership know by submitting a comment on the Metro Customer Contact Form. “Safety” is not a topic option, but you can select “Service.”
As reported by WUSA9 on Jan. 6, 2016:
MetroTransit Police estimate that about 50 percent of the 368 robberies on the rail system in 2015 were committed by juveniles . . .
About 8,000 to 9,000 students daily now ride the rails for free after Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in August the $7 million initiative to get students to and from school more efficiently. The program is an expansion of the system that has allowed students to ride the bus system at no cost.
No additional security was added with the change.