TriMet rider wants more security after a frightening encounter
Man with pipe on TriMet bus – Photo from Taylor Davis
Following the tragic MAX stabbing that left two men deceased and another seriously wounded, some TriMet riders say they still don t feel safe – despite the added security.
TriMet patron Taylor Davis said regular riders start to see all walks of life on buses and MAX trains. When Davis got on her bus one Tuesday afternoon, she said something didn’t feel right with a particular passenger.
The second he got on the bus I was already looking at him weird. Just with everything going on, I was on guard, said Davis. She said not only was the man not wearing a shirt, but he was also carrying a long steel pipe. She says it was the way he was acting that made her feel nervous.
The way he was carrying himself made it seem like he was nervous, he was agitated about something. He was shaking his leg a lot and pounding the pipe on his leg and on the ground, said Davis.
She says it made everyone on the bus uncomfortable. At one point, she says she quietly walked up to the bus driver to fill him in on what was happening.
I thought he was going to stand up and start swinging it around and start hitting people with it, Davis said. Davis later reported it to TriMet, but says she hasn’t heard back. TriMet spokesperson Angela Murphy says Davis did everything right. Currently, there are 61 transit police officers. As of last week, TriMet hired 10 extra security officers to ride the system, though Murphy said that’s temporary.
Davis says the extra security is great, but wishes TriMet would do more. She wants drivers trained on how to deescalate a situation instead of just relying on police. Until then, she’s riding the bus with extra protection.
I definitely have some mace on me now, which I never thought I d have on me before. I never thought I d feel that threatened on TriMet. Davis posted what happened on Facebook, and now more than a thousand people have shared it since.
Murphy says if you see anything suspicious, alert the driver and always report it to Rider Support at 503-238-RIDE (7433) or online. TriMet s 238-RIDE call center is open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.