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Transit crime is overstated

A recent headline in The Sun, "Juveniles driving crime on Baltimore transit systems despite intervention efforts" (Oct. 17), implies that crime is going up and that intervention efforts are failing. Yet the facts in that same article say that violent and property crimes fell 67 percent from 2007 to 2013 and that crime overall is down in 2014 compared to last year on buses, light rail and the Metro subway system. The article also reports that the safety problem is one of perception. Your headline only serves to exacerbate that perception.

On RateYourRide.org, where riders using texting, phones or the web, report the quality of their experience on Maryland Transit Administration rides, people reporting a negative experience are far more concerned about late vehicles, crowded vehicles and other issues than they are about safety. We know from our own 2009 study that the top barrier keeping residents of the Baltimore region from using public transportation more often is simply this: it does not get them where they need to go.

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I understand your decision to report incidents such as are described in the article, but the conclusion you draw in your headline creates a story where there is none.

Brian O'Malley, Baltimore

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The writer is president and CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance.

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