Light rail study on new Interstate 5 bridge raises ‘crime train’ concerns

“Given the multimodal design of the replacement bridge and program corridor, we anticipate that a coordinated design, construction, testing, monitoring and response plan will be developed and approved by safety and security experts. bi-state agencies, including (Washington State Department of Transportation) and (Oregon Department of Transportation), law enforcement, fire departments and emergency management divisions, and design and construction teams of the program (Interstate Bridge Replacement),” said Greg Johnson, program administrator. “We anticipate that transit law enforcement protocols will be addressed and formalized as part of this comprehensive approach.”

Spanning multiple counties and cities, the MAX is already operating in many police jurisdictions. How it works elsewhere in the system may provide some insight into what it might look like if TriMet operations came to Clark County.

According to TriMet, the agency approaches its security in many ways, combining personnel, police and contract security.

“Law enforcement agencies in the jurisdictions we serve respond to calls on the TriMet system, just as they do in their communities,” Graf said.

But TriMet also has a Transit Police Division, a community policing effort, which is under the command of the Multnomah County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Office. The task force has officers assigned from sheriff’s offices in Multnomah and Clackamas counties, and police departments in Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro and Port of Portland.

Jose P. Rogers