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Rail Runner Security to be Enhanced. Mayor Convenes Leadership Group to Address. Concerns After Recent Violent Crimes
In recent weeks, there were two violent criminal incidents at Santa Fe Rail Runner stations, one on a platform and one in a parking lot. To address the City’s concerns about security at the stations, last Friday Mayor Webber convened a meeting with the Community Health and Safety Department leadership and Rail Runner leadership, who manage the stations.
“The discussion was productive and constructive,” says Mayor Webber. “We shared what we knew about the problem and they expressed their concern and eagerness to do their part, as operator of the train, to ensure public safety. They indicated they have funding to increase camera technology at the stations and, in addition, have public safety personnel who can increase their monitoring of the parking areas adjacent to the stations.”
The Department of Transportation owns the Rail Runner and its adjacent assets, which are managed by the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD), whose Director and Assistant Director took the meeting with Mayor Webber, Acting Community Health and Safety Director Kyra Ochoa, Police Chief Andrew Padilla, and Deputy Chief Paul Joye.
“This is the first of a series of working meetings in which a plan will be developed that maximizes the Rail Runner’s capacity to ensure safety via enhanced video surveillance and security staff in coordination with SFPD,” says Director Ochoa.
RMRTD Assistant Director Robert Gonzales reports that the increased visibility of security and signage has had a positive impact on crime at stations down the line.