This article discusses the safety aspects of public transportation systems in four major cities: New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. New York's safety program includes the use of decoy policeman on the subway trains and platforms, uniformed officers near turnstiles at key stations, and juvenile programs for offending youths. This year a T.V. surveillance camera will be installed in certain stations as part of a federal demonstration project. Philadelphia's system includes a transit police unit, radio communication on all trains, a K-9 Corp, plainclothes police officers, and closed-circuit T.V. On the Lindenwold Line, the police force patrols the parking lots where there has been a high rate of stolen cars. Also, officers on that line have jurisdiction in both Pennsylvnaia and New Jersey. The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) attribute the drop in serious crime to greater law enforcement cooperation and an increasing number of radio equipped buses. Of all the serious acci- dents, thefts from operators have been the most prevalent. About 800 of SCRTD's buses are equipped with two-way radios, silent alarms, four-way flashing lights, and numbers painted on their roofs for easy aerial identification. Washington's rapid rail system to date has had a very good safety record. This can be attributed to patrol cars near station entrances, uniform and plainclothes District police riding the system, a well trained and experienced police force, a safety oriented subway system design, a "no cash" fare policy, and the high-quality of its riders. Metro officials are worried, however, about opening the system until 11 PM and the additional seven-mile link. Both of these factors will put an additional strain on Metro's police-force.

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  • Authors:
    • Mazza, F
    • Hackney, D C
    • Hebert, R
    • Crosby, T
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00174409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1981 12:00AM