Sacramento Regional Transit is taking steps to improve security on its light rail trains. RT General Manager Mike Wiley says the agency wants to put more fare inspectors on trains to make commuters feel protected from crime.
"The goal initially is to have at least one fare inspector for every other train in the system," says Wiley. "And then within a year or so after that to elevate that to have a fare inspector on every train everyday."
He says it would be like having a beat cop on every train.
"They'll get to know the customers, the routine folks to establish that relationship so they'll take ownership," says Wiley. "That's what we're striving to accomplish."
Wiley says RT's police services unit will be hiring more fare inspectors. He says it shouldn't require more money - just shifting resources around. Wiley spoke with Rick Kushman on Insight with Beth Ruyak.
Some commuters complain of feeling unsafe on light rail trains because, unlike a bus where the bus driver is the authority figure, fare inspectors are not always seen in train cars.