LA Metro Commits $US82 Million To Bus, Rail Security
LOS Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has awarded RMI a contract worth $US82 Million to double security officers numbers in support of CCTV and other operational measures in order to deter crime on the LA Metro.
“In the last 26 years, Metro has added 105 miles of rail, more than 100 rail stations and numerous transit centers,” said Metro Board Chair John Fasana. “This is action to enhance security is a critical step in ensuring our passengers have a safe and secure experience.”
Metro’s security staffing plan is multi-layered and comprised of Metro security officers, private sector security officers and state certified law enforcement professionals. Under the proposal approved today, additional staff will be assigned to key hubs, rail stations and parking facilities in addition to safeguarding critical infrastructure. The high-visibility presence supports existing video surveillance systems and real time monitoring and includes 24/7 patrols.
“Our security officers serve as the eyes and ears for law enforcement, patrol key areas, and notify law enforcement when required,” said Metro Chief Systems, Security and Law Enforcement Officer Alex Wiggins. “Security officers complement the vital role of law enforcement, but do not replace it and this action follows through with the CEO’s directive to enhance security through new enforcement presence system wide.”
Wiggins said that additional security is necessary to support ridership growth, improve rider retention, improve perception of safety by riders and employees, and provide additional resources to first responders.♦