ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis County Police tell KMOX News violent crime on Metrolink is down, as a pilot program is planned to test the effect of keeping freeloaders off the trains.
Captain Scott Melies says they’ve made about 650 arrests and seized 40 guns this year on Metrolink, but violent crime is down ten percent.
“St. Louis County added six additional police officers, which brings our total in St. Louis County to 44 officers patrolling the trains… It is safe to ride the trains, my own daughter rides the trains,” he says.
Starting in February temporary barricades go up at the North Hanley, Forest Park and Fairview Heights stations to see if keeping freeloaders off the train lowers crime further.