DART stations and buses are seeing incidents involving harassment and violence increase over the last few months. This had led to residents who rely on public transit daily. From January to March 2022, 428 incidents were reported, according to Dallas News.
The data was compiled by DART and has been compiled into two categories: National Incident-Based Reporting System and arrests. From January to March 2022, more than 100 arrests were reported for train stations. On buses and at bus stops, 20 arrests were reported. In April, two people died at two DART stations. Those responsible have still not been located.
Looking back in 2021, there was a total of 251 incidents and arrests reported at train stations and bus stops. According to NBC DFW reports, riders have said they are concerned that they could become a victim in any of these incidents. DART has become the only transportation for many workers in the Dallas area. Dallas News says that more people are smoking and getting high, or trying to start a fight when they are on board.
DART spokesman Gordon Shattles told Dallas News that DART also is dealing with the dangers that have been plaguing the city of Dallas, as it slowly returns from the pandemic. From January to March, West End station has seen the most incidents and arrests of all stations. DART is also facing homeless people sleeping on the trains, while also asking riders for money.
DART is beefing up its security with more than 7,000 cameras installed inside trains and stations. Each station also has a blue phone that is set to directly call DART police or 911.