Tri-Met says it will fix the crime problem, Again?

Tri-Met says it will fix the crime problem, Again?
We know they would not say anything they could not back up.
So how can we tell .
How about looking to the past promises such as

McKay said there were indications some of the security problems aboard Tri-Met vehicles were “gang-related.” In a prepared statement, Governor Goldschmidt said: “I am absolutely adamant that its (Portland’s) citizens feel safe at all times in using a fine mass transit system.'”˜ 1988

The actions of the past are usually a good indication of future actions.
We have not learned from our history and we are repeating it.

In 1988 News stories

UNION OBJECTS TO PRIVATE TRANSIT GUARDS
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
July 8, 1988
STAN FEDERMAN – of the Oregonian Staff

Tri-Met has hired private security guards to ride buses and light-rail
trains on Friday and Saturday nights, an action its union claims violates the
labor contract.
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TRI-MET’S LOTS PARK & LOSE FOR VICTIM
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
June 24, 1988
CHRIS MYERS

Her car has been stolen from them four times in the last four years.

The police don’t keep records of thefts and break-ins at Park & Ride lots,
and neither does Tri-Met.

“We don’t see it as a big problem, but every time a crime is committed,
obviously it’s a big problem for the victim,” said Phill Colombo, a public
information officer for Tri-Met.

Colombo said more thefts might be reported from Gresham simply because
there were more lots there.
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TRI-MET SECURITY PLANS
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
June 24, 1988

Tri-Met announced Thursday its plans to spend $620,000 in the coming
year to improve security measures.
During the 1988-89 fiscal year, which begins
July 1, Tri-Met plans to improve security aboard its vehicles, develop in-house
security-conscious training and strengthen the agency’s ties with the community
and overall crime-prevention efforts. Here are the recommended security
expenditures:
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TRI-MET TO TRIPLE MONEY BUDGETED FOR SECURITY
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
June 24, 1988
STAN FEDERMAN –
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GOVERNOR DIRECTS STATE POLICE TO RIDE TRI-MET
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
November 12, 1988
STAN FEDERMAN

Quotes from the article

Floyd McKay, who called the new unit “a preventive action . . . so we can deal with
the problem before it becomes more serious.”

McKay said there were indications some of the security problems aboard Tri-Met
vehicles were “gang-related.” In a prepared statement, Governor Goldschmidt said:
“I am absolutely adamant that its (Portland’s) citizens feel safe at all times in
using a fine mass transit system.'”˜

Doug Capps, Tri-Met’s public services director, “It will allow us to better work
out a long-term solution with local law enforcement people,” he said.

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  • Jerry

    The reason Tri-Met will never solve these problems is that they don’t want to.

    It is actually hard work – and remember, these people are all pencil pusher office types. They don’t want to go outside – let alone ride the rails.

    If the jobs of the Tri-Met “workers” depended on the crime rate on Tri-Met going down, you might actually see some results. But, as long as they can keep their cush, do-nothing, desk-bound “jobs” there will be no results.

    No one ever has accomplished anything worthwhile without some accountability, and Tri-Met has no accountablility to anyone. None. They don’t even have to earn a profit or even pay for themselves. It is nothing more than a boondoggle, government wastehole where no one cares and no one actually does anything. That is why nothing has changed since 1988 – it was the same then as it is now.

    Shut the damn thing down if you can’t run it…and clearly Tri-Met can not. Plain and simple.

    PS – to save time they could boiler-plate some of these 1988 responses and just cut and paste them into their replies. Oh, wait, they already have….wouldn’t want to work too hard.

  • anon

    The first step to making the MAX safe is to actually make people pay to ride. The hoodlums are nearly all freeloaders.

    Tri Met, of course, does not want to do this because they would no longer be able to lie about their ridership numbers.

  • Steven

    Hey lets sell trimet lock, stock and barrel. Privatize it and watch the problems vanish. A win for Portland and another boondoggle that the city does not have to waste money on.

  • CRAWDUDE

    Lets pave over the Max Lines and go to a bus only system!

  • Henry

    Let’s audit all of TriMet and send Hansen to prison.

  • CRAWDUDE

    Hansen came out today and wanted to cut Fareless Sq times to 7am-7pm. Will everyone else in town be allowed to ride for free during those times? If not , why should one segment of the population be allowed to?

    Sounds like he’s putting out sound bytes over substance again, we’ll see.

    • Anonymous

      Why shoud the downtown have to pay it’s fair shair?

      • CRAWDUDE

        just because, lol!

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