A lot of suburban areas around the nation once (and, in some places, still) opposed building transit lines because they feared it would bring crime. We know that’s bogus, but got another piece of evidence today.
DCist reports that a man robbed a Wells Fargo bank on K Street Friday morning, then tried to get away by Red Line train. The Metropolitan Police Department asked Metro to hold the trains, and the agency promptly robbed the man of his choice of getaway vehicle.
This is an example of what was already obvious to most thinking people: Transit is a less appealing mode of transit for robberies, not an invitation to commit them. Generally, the people who used (or still use) this argument against transit were (or are) white suburbanites afraid of the darker-skinned people they associated (or still associate) with transit.
They warned that a rail line to a wealthy town would lead people from the scary inner city to take the train up, rob people, then speed away by train. This ignores the obvious fact that any criminal who tries to escape by transit is putting himself in a perfect container for police to close off and capture him.
David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.