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CTA Affected Passenger Safety Protocols Not Escalating Fast Enough – NBC Chicago

After more disturbing incidents of violence against CTA employees and passengers, there are growing concerns that security protocols are not being reinforced quickly enough.

Runners who spoke to NBC 5’s Alex Maragos say they haven’t seen security changes announced by Chicago officials last month, and they fear violent attacks, including two that occurred in the stations on Tuesday, do not continue.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, a man was attacked by a group of people inside the State and Lake Red Line stop downtown. Authorities say the victim has been hospitalized and is expected to recover.

Another attack also took place at the station earlier on Tuesday, and when coupled with a CTA employee being pushed onto the tracks at a North Side Red Line stop, commuters fear a disturbing trend could unfold. draw.

“I have certainly seen certain situations. It would be a lie not to admit it,” said one passenger.

“Lots of thefts and things like that,” said another. “People are acting recklessly.”

On March 10, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CTA President Dorval Carter and Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown has announced a bold new safety strategy on buses and trains, saying more staff will be dedicated to passenger safety.

“We’re hearing complaints from customers on the CTA that they see drug dealing, gang-related conflict, so we’re trying to make that change,” Brown said.

Police promised more patrols and doubled the number of unarmed security guards on platforms, buses and trains, but no regular passenger NBC 5 spoke to noticed the difference.

“You have to watch yourself,” said one runner. “You have to keep your eyes peeled and watch your sixes.”

NBC Chicago

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