After a slew of assaults and criminal activity on the MAX last year, TriMet riders will be happy to know that increased police presence is in Portland public transportation's future.
TriMet's enhanced safety plan, announced in December in response to the highly publicized MAX upsets
, springs to action this month.
The Westside Precinct will begin patrolling Washington County TriMet routes (including MAX and bus lines) Wednesday, March 12.
Five officers from Beaverton, Hillsboro and Washington County departments will patrol full time, Washington County Sheriff's Public Information Officer David Thompson told WWire
The Eastside Precinct will follow suit shortly after with six officers on patrol by April 1 and 10 officers by July 1 between Gateway Transit Center and Cleveland Avenue MAX stations.
When asked what TriMet crime has been like so far this year, Thompson said he has seen various assault cases pass over his desk but does not have access to specific numbers.