Metro should be praised for publishing, for the first time, statistics on crime on the Metro system.
As I said in my op-ed in the LA Daily News on subway safety and the benefits of station attendants, I believe the subway is quite safe. It’s nice to see the statistics. It’s particularly something to read The Source’s note about the favorable comparison with Washington’s system, which is regarded as relatively safe. That said, I still think station attendants would be useful to have.
Some other reactions:
I’m glad bus statistics were included, too — given the characters one encounters on the bus sometimes (especially late at night), I’ve wondered what the emergency response would be like if needed. Interesting to see how in the San Gabriel Valley & Gateway Cities areas it looks like emergency response times can be as high as 14-15 minutes on average (vs 2 to 10 minutes in other areas). Yikes! I’m sure geography plays a role (things can be more spread out), but still, looks less than ideal.
On a more minor note, it’s interesting to note in these statistics an apparent lack of citations for illegal vending, given the frequency of which one hears complaints about it on the Blue Line.