I’ve been a regular rider of public transit in St. Louis for a few years now, I’ve never felt unsafe or witnessed any crime. Still, a recent assault on a train has many concerned.
Talking to people over the years some would only ride MetroLink light rail, they’d never consider MetroBus. I’ve asked [white] people if they’d ridden public transit, a common answer was “Yes, MetroLink.” Most are shocked when I tell them I use MetroBus far more often than MetroLink.
The vote count Sunday was low, but I liked the fair results:
Q: Which mode of public transportation do you think is the safest in St. Louis?
- Tie/equal 11 [45.83%]
- Bus (MetroBus) 6 [25%]
- Light rail (MetroLink) 5 [20.83%]
- Unsure/no answer 2 [8.33%]
Despite the hysteria on the local news, both MetroLink & MetroBus are largely safe modes. I’d be more worried about driving on I-270 than being assaulted on public transportation. I’ll leave it to others to dig through piles of data.
— Steve Patterson