Hillsboro Argus / Oregonian Blog Entry on today’s Transit Safety Summit

Menacing behavior and disorderly conduct are more persistent public safety concerns on the region’s light rail system than the threat of violence on board, Gresham leaders and Portland police officials told the TriMet transit agency Thursday.

But there are too few police officers on the light rail system to deter or interrupt threatening behavior that make families feel unsafe riding the system, Gresham Chief Carla Piluso said. “Those quality of life crimes that are keeping people off the trains,” Piluso said.

“We’ve had a steep increase in complaints about that in the last 18 months.”

Discuss.
The first of two safety summits was held today — the Hillsboro Argus reports: “Quality of life crimes” keep riders off MAX, police say

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Menacing behavior and disorderly conduct are more persistent public safety concerns on the region’s light rail system than the threat of violence on board, Gresham leaders and Portland police officials told the TriMet transit agency Thursday.

But there are too few police officers on the light rail system to deter or interrupt threatening behavior that make families feel unsafe riding the system, Gresham Chief Carla Piluso said. “Those quality of life crimes that are keeping people off the trains,” Piluso said.

“We’ve had a steep increase in complaints about that in the last 18 months.”

Discuss.

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