TriMet didn't wait for a bill, they went ahead and started playing classical tunes at the 162nd Avenue transit stop. Two months later, the numbers seem to show that reports of crime are actually decreasing at the stop, while they're going up at other stops.
Smith's office sent me a link to the blog run by Rosewood neighbors who crunched the numbers of police calls from the 162nd station compared to other East Portland MAX stops. Here are the stats From November 16, 2009 to January 12 2010:
• 162nd Ave Transit Station: 40 percent decrease in calls for service
• 148th Ave Transit Station: 4 percent increase in calls for service
• 122nd Ave Transit Station: 12 percent increase in calls for service
• Gateway Transit Center: 18 percent increase in calls for service
But not to whip anyone into a hysterical frenzy about crime rail"—altogether, crime has decreased on TriMet 35 percent since 2007, probably thanks to TriMet doubling the size of its transit police force and improving lighting at certain MAX stops. Currently, Gateway is the transit stop with the most reported crimes.
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