After two murders they are taking security on the transit system seriously with a unified police command and shared intelligence about events and characters along the 47-mile system. Controlling access is another step to securing mass transit.
But is buttoning up the whole thing the right way to tackle the problem? Do we need to spend $3.6 million to figure out what’s wrong with the system when we already know some of the answers and could fix trouble spots now?
They know from their staffers where the problems are. The public knows Union Station MetroLink stop is a problem, the Forest Park station is a problem and Fairview Heights has been a problem, with a guard punched in the face in April.
Maybe they should start with the known issues. They might fix the bulk of the problems quickly and cheaply, rather than taking the usual government path of creating a universal solution to a specific problem.