March Crime Tips – Public Transit Safety

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Crime Tips

Riding the MetroLink and MetroBus are great ways to get around St. Louis.  With more than 50 million rides a year taken on the Bi-State Transit system (MetroBus, MetroLink train or Metro Call-A-Ride van) its safe to say the St. Louis area depends on the mass transit system.  Being safe when you ride the MetroBus or MetroLink should be part of your every day routine.  Metro Transit – St. Louis has some safety tips to help you stay safe and enjoy your ride on the city’s mass transit systems.

When riding any public transit system, there are some important tips to keep in mind when traveling to ensure you have a safe commute:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling, and try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Never offer money to someone you do not know.
  • Keep your packages with you – do not leave them unattended.
  • If there is an emergency, stay calm and listen for instructions.
    • If you are on a train or bus, wait for instructions from your operator.
    • If you are on a platform, listen to station announcements.
  • If a vehicle stops unexpectedly, do not exit the vehicle unless instructed to by official staff.  If evacuation becomes necessary, carefully follow the staff’s instructions.

Report emergencies, unattended packages, or suspicious or inappropriate activity.  Call 314-289-6873 or 911.

It’s important to know that  Metro Transit – St. Louis takes safety and security seriously.  Some of the ways they address these issues are through personal security offerings as well as surveillance.

Security

Metro Transit employs sworn, uniformed police officers from the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County, IL, to patrol the transit system.  Undercover police officers are also employed to monitor MetroLink and MetroBus service.  Additionally, Metro Transit contracts with Securitas Security to staff MetroLink platforms and trains, and handle fare enforcement.

Surveillance

All MetroLink platforms are monitored 24-hours a day, 7-days a week on camera by security dispatchers who can immediately call for police and/or security assistance, if necessary.  Cameras also monitor Park-Ride lots, stairwells, parking facilities and nearly all Metro Transit trains, buses and vans.

Information for this post was retrieved from the Metro Transit – St. Louis website.  You can visit the Metro Transit – St. Louis site for more information on safety and security as well as information on maps, fares and how to plan your trip on St. Louis’ public transit system:  Metro Transit – St. Louis, Missouri

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