King County Metro is making some changes in security when the opening of the tunnel occurs in September according to the Seattle PI. Basically KCM is renting cops to patrol the tunnel during operating hours. Previously it used to be 2 Seattle Police officers patrolling each station that were off duty and working overtime. It appears that will continue to be the case except they won’t be Seattle Police. Due to the rise in concern of safety on 3rd Avenue up above, this has people a little nervous. The new cops will be connected and a quick response away from real authority. However, they will not have authority to arrest or carry weapons.

Metro paid about $1.5 million annually to hire the off-duty Seattle
officers, Jacobson said. O’Neill said officers were paid a flat rate with no
overtime.
The new plan will cost about $1.7 million, including $984,000 for a
contract with Olympic Security Services Inc. of SeaTac and $770,000 for the
Sheriff’s Office to hire the additional commissioned officers for its Metro
unit, Jacobson said.

Do you feel this is a bad move? Would it prevent you from using the tunnel? I am excited to see it open again, I know I will be using it. I am not sure why now the plan is 200K more than prior service? The tunnel has been an example of cleanliness and safety in transit systems. I hope it continues to stay that way.

2 Replies to “Bus Tunnel Security”

  1. I’m not sure if it’s the best idea. I’d rather have off-duty officers than “under-cover” security guards.

    The tunnel has never really been an issue. The reason 3rd and Pike and other corners/bus stops are problems is because people sit there and loiter (aka wait for the bus) and there’s a lot more transient foot traffic. On the platforms, it’s not really the same sort of scenario.

  2. I hope they make sure the tunnel is safe, at least on the street you can try to run for it!

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