Must Sign this Petition! South Bay Metro Train Will Increase Crime and Homeless

While the Metro Rail systems can be a convenient and efficient means of transportation, they also have their fair share of disadvantages that should be considered before making the decision to invest in one.Map.jpgL.A. Metro has plans to connect more of the South Bay by extending the C-Line (Green) from Redondo Beach (Marine) Station to the new Mary K. Giordano Regional Transit Center in the City of Torrance.  This project will bring more Crime and Homeless to the South Bay. 

In the coming months, the Metro Board will decide what route the light rail will take through Torrance. As part of the process, Metro has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the options.


Santa Monica Experiences Increase in Crime Since the Expo Line Opened in May, 2016 by the Santa Monica Observer

The statistics are undeniable. Since the Expo Line returned to Santa Monica, crime has increased. The SMPD appears to have shifted from denial that crime has increased, to adding more officers in congested areas near train stations.

2016 saw a 5.5 percent increase in crime in Santa Monica. This is also the year the train began operation, bringing riders from as far as downtown Los Angeles all the way to 4th Street and Colorado, near Santa Monica Place. The area including the train station, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Promenade, denoted by the police as "Beat 1" has seen the sharpest increase in crime. 40 percent of "Part 1" crimes, those involving violence and robbery, occurred in Beat 1.

Out of a total of 4,515 criminal incidents reported, almost 90 percent were property-related.

Police say that cars and bicycles are the major targets for robbers. When valuables are visibly left in cars they are temptations too great for criminals to resist.

The large number of people who stream through Santa Monica, including unwary tourists, could also contribute to the larger crime numbers. More people mean more targets. 8.3 million visitors came to Santa Monica in 2015. This has no doubt increased since that time and the train's arrival.

In response to the data collected, police are shifting their priorities to adjust. "We know we need to increase our policing patterns there," Lt. Saul Rodriguez said of Beat 1. "We're going to add additional officers out there. You're going to see them."


Concerns over safety on L.A. Metro system 

Metro study shows hundreds of homeless stay until the "end-of-line" every nigh

Metro study reveals over 550 homeless riders exit buses and trains when transportation services end

Understanding the 3 Options for L.A. Metro C-Line Extension to Torrance

 Learn About the Metro C-Line Extension to Torrance

Alternatives Being Considered

The C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance project is studying light rail transit options between the existing Redondo Beach Station and the under-construction Torrance Transit Center. Trains from both the Metro C Line (Green) and the future Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project would run on this new extension.

This extension will provide alternatives to congestion along the busy I-405 corridor. It will also provide more transit options in this region by connecting to the existing Metro Rail A (Blue) and E (Expo) Lines.


What are the Disadvantages of Metro Rail?

  1. Cost: Building and maintaining a metro rail system can be expensive, particularly in the initial stages of construction and development. This can be a significant disadvantage for cities or countries that may not have the financial resources to support such a project.
  2. Displacement: In some cases, the construction of a metro rail system may require the acquisition of land or the demolition of buildings, which can lead to displacement of residents or businesses. This can be a controversial issue and may lead to social or political opposition to the project.
  3. Noise pollution: Metro trains can be noisy, particularly when they are running underground or in close proximity to residential areas. This can be a source of noise pollution and may be a nuisance for people living or working near the tracks.
  4. Vibration: Metro trains can also cause vibration when they are running, which can be a problem for buildings or structures located near the tracks. This can lead to structural damage or other issues that may need to be addressed.
  5. Limited coverage: Metro rail systems typically only cover certain parts of a city, and they may not reach all destinations. This can be a disadvantage for people who live or work in areas that are not serviced by the metro, as they may have to rely on other modes of transportation.
  6. Limited hours of operation: Metro rail systems often have limited hours of operation, and they may not run late at night or on weekends. This can be a disadvantage for people who need to travel outside of normal operating hours.
  7. Limited access for people with disabilities: Metro rail systems may not be fully accessible for people with disabilities, particularly if the stations or trains are not equipped with features such as elevators or wheelchair ramps.
  8. Crime: Metro rail systems can be vulnerable to crime, particularly if they are not well-staffed or well-lit. This can be a concern for passengers who may feel unsafe using the system.
  9. Delays and disruptions: Metro rail systems may experience delays or disruptions due to maintenance, repairs, or other issues. This can be a inconvenience for passengers and may impact their travel plans.
  10. Limited flexibility: Metro rail systems are typically fixed systems that follow a predetermined route and schedule. This can be a disadvantage for people who need to travel to destinations that are not serviced by the metro or who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.
  11. In some cases, bad weather can cause disruptions to train services due to flooding or snowfall on tracks . This can lead to delays and cancellations, which can be frustrating for passengers. Thanks to the authority that MRT in Bangladesh is elevated to avoid such disruptions.
  12. Finally, metro rail systems can be inflexible and may not be able to accommodate sudden changes in demand or unexpected events. For example, if there is a major sporting event or concert taking place in a city, the metro rail system may not be able to handle the increased passenger volume. This can lead to delays and overcrowding, which can be frustrating for riders.

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