A new Metro report makes it seem like the random bag searches begun in the transit system last month have made barely a ripple among riders.
The transit agency said it stopped 23 riders at the Braddock Road Station on the Yellow and Blue lines plus 27 more at the College Park station of the Green Line on Dec. 21, according to a report to be presented to a board committee on Thursday. It said it has done other searches since, as well, but didn’t elaborate on where.
Those riders who were searched gave “generally favorable comments,” according to the report.
Meanwhile the report also says the agency has received 50 comments “mostly opposed to the program in principle.”
That’s about 50 pro and 50 con.
But add more voices to that chorus and that seesaw may tip. A Riders’ Advisory Council meeting on Jan. 3 attracted more than 100 riders who were “overwhelmingly opposed to the new inspection procedure,” according to the council. The American Civil Liberties Union has questioned Metro’s policy. And, two local civil liberties groups gathered more than 600 signatures against it.
The riders council is now calling on the board to review the policy and host a public hearing. Expect to hear some discussion at Thursday’s board of directors’ meetings — but perhaps no actual changes? The policy came from Richard Sarles who is about to lose the interim from his general manager title and become official.