Metrolink officials hopeful about new safety plan

More officers, less access to anyone without a ticket.

Kevin Killeen
December 03, 2019 - 9:39 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — MetroLink is promising better things ahead, as the light rail line promotes a new safety plan.

Metro President and CEO Taulby Roach says a lot of the bad manners and petty crime on the trains comes from people who sneak onboard without a ticket.

"So that's moving everybody to a central point of access, and will be manned. Folks will just show their ticket. That fundamental, rigorous enforcement will help us deal with nuisance behavior and ensure everyone has a ticket to ride."

Plus, Roach wants to add more police.

"You have 15 in St. Clair County, you have eight in the city of St. Louis, and with the added 18 (in St. Louis County), that's 60 county officers that will be patrolling all the way to the river."

The plan is now before all three muncipalities that share Metrolink--St. Louis City and County and St. Clair County, Illinois.  Roach hopes all three will approve it, so he can implement it later this month. 

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