Yesterday, on Twitter, I said… Arpaio's "Con Rail" trips make for an interesting media frenzy… You know he hates the attention, right? The responses were immediate and were opinionated. Today, I discussed the idea with a friend who use to work for a Colorado County Sherriff's department and had picked up prisoners from the airport. Never once did they pay for parking. He said he does't think it is a good idea to use the light rail for carrying prisoners. "That is an accident waiting to happen."
Today, Metro issued this release concerning the transportation of prisoners on the light rail line.
For immediate release
January 28, 2009
METRO concerned with the Sherriff’s Office new inmate transportation plan
PHOENIX — Since yesterday’s announcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to transport inmates on light rail, METRO has received passenger feedback expressing concern for their personal and family safety.
METRO’s goal is to provide a safe, secure and reliable journey for its passengers. Any situation that creates concern for passengers and discourages ridership is of great concern to METRO.
The METRO light rail vehicle, much like any public transit vehicle, is not a controlled environment and not designed for this application. Transporting inmates using public transportation is not a common practice nationally and has not occurred locally on the Valley’s bus system.
It is anticipated that the METRO Board of Directors will consider a resolution requesting the Sherriff’s Office to reconsider this proposal in light of concerns expressed by Valley residents. METRO would welcome an opportunity to discuss with the Sherriff’s Office better solutions that meet everyone’s needs.