Little noticed in the wake of last week's massive fare hike was an announcement by Metro that the Board approved $2 million for safety enhancements such as "438 portable radiological detectors," "a mobile command/incident management vehicle," "technical support to move its 24-hour police dispatch center to the Carmen Turner Facility in Landover, Md." and "an additional $165,581 will be used to replace 271 bullet-resistant vests."
We all want a safer Metro, but perhaps Metro should concentrate more on every day threats like the crowds at Gallery Place, stabbings and sexual assaults.
Unfortunately, according to this post on the Books are My Boyfriend blog, Metro seems to slough off many daily occurrences that sometimes make riding the Metro awful, particularly for female riders.
Here's the key passage from the post, which relates the disturbing story of what appears to be a regular upskirt picture taker at Court House:
The very helpful female WMATA woman ... told me he looks like the guy who stands at the bottom of the escalators every morning looking up girls' skirts. I waited while she called the Metro Transit Police, who sent over an officer, who pretty much said since I already filed a report with Arlington that they didn't want double reports, but that if I see him again I should say something and that the two departments can work together.So Metro knew of this person and hadn't done anything? Sure sounds that way.
They better break out those new vests and get that mobile command/incident management vehicle there ASAP!