Statistics don’t show a major increase in crime, but experiences can be unsettling for a rider. (According to Metro, there were 7.12 crimes per 1 million riders in 2013, 5.02 crimes per 1 million riders in 2014 and 6.2 crimes per 1 million riders in 2015).
We want to know your experiences. Have you been a victim of crime, harassment or other unwanted behavior on Metro?
Submit your comments below, and we’ll share some responses here. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
“It wasn’t really our stop, but we just wanted to get off the train…”
Four of us were on the orange line heading west on a Sunday afternoon after enjoying brunch in Eastern Market. My friend and I were sitting in the seats while our husbands were standing in the aisle. A young man who looked to be around 16 was sitting 2 seats in front of us, bobbing his head and singing/rapping loudly along with the music coming through his headphones.
My friend nudged her husband in the aisle, chuckled, and pointed at the kid because his rapping was pretty entertaining. Unfortunately, this prompted his two friends to approach our husbands, one from behind us and the other from the seats on the other side of the aisle. One asked my friend’s husband, “Why you lookin at my bro?” while the other one hung from the bars and gently swung into the back of my husband. My friend’s husband retorted “Because I have eyes and your friend is making a spectacle of himself.” In the meantime, the rapper kid stood up, approached my husband while still singing, and started bouncing into my husband. The kid hanging from the bars whispered “Imma glass you” into my husband’s ear, at which point my husband said “Oh look, L’Enfant Plaza is next – that’s our stop.” It wasn’t really our stop, but we just wanted to get off the train because we were really uncomfortable. One of the kids replied, “Oh really? It’s our stop too.” We exited the train and they followed us for a short while before turning around and going their own way.
– A 30-year-old woman from N.W. Washington, D.C.
“My unborn baby and I were not hurt, but the experience was very unsettling.”
Earlier this month, a stranger came up behind me on the Metro Center train platform, grabbed me around the waist, and shoved me out of his way. My unborn baby and I were not hurt, but the experience was very unsettling. I filed a police report and was promptly contacted by a Metro Transit Police detective. I had very positive interactions with the Metro Transit Police. They treated me with respect, expressed concern about what had happened to me, and reviewed the security camera footage. Unfortunately, the assault occurred in a gap between security cameras, so the investigation stopped there. I appreciate that Metro Transit Police followed up with me to let me know that there was nothing that could be done in my case, but question why there are any gaps in security camera coverage on Metro platforms.
– A 34-year-old woman from Cleveland Park
“After that experience, I stopped taking metro. I drive to work everyday now.”
I’ve been harassed too many times to count on the metro. Always by young aggressive men. The final straw for me was about 8 months ago, when I was not only confronted and harassed by two young men but when I wouldn’t give my telephone number, I was cussed out loudly by the both of them on a green line train.
After that experience, I stopped taking metro. I drive to work everyday now.
– A 44-year-old woman from Waldorf, Maryland