METRO To Increase Security And Safety At METRORail Platforms
November 17, 2005
The METRO Board of Directors voted today to designate METRORail platforms
"paid fare zones," restricting the areas between ticket vending machines to
passengers with paid fare media.
The action is designed to facilitate fare inspections by METRO police to
increase security and improve crowd management. It will also allow METRO police
officers to check for paid fares while passengers are waiting for their train,
rather than delaying them after they get off and are heading to their
"Until now, officers have been able to check fares only on the trains or as
passengers get off after already using the service. Now they can do it before
passengers board," said METRO Vice President and Chief of Police Thomas C.
"It also helps our security efforts. For example, if we see
someone suspicious on a platform, we now have probable cause to question what
he's doing there." Lambert said signs will be posted on all platforms clearly
designating the area restricted to paying customers. He said the restrictions go
into effect immediately, although there will be a grace period during which
warnings will be issued before ticketing begins.