CTran responds to security questions

first_imgDonna Hamilton rides C-Tran’s number 4 route to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and the bank.Hamilton climbs the bus steps slowly. She sits near the front of the bus, her small roller suitcase carefully positioned in front of her and a burgundy umbrella with masking tape on the handle set across her lap. The white-haired 71-year-old said she takes the bus to run errands a couple times a week. She’s not an exceedingly difficult target for would-be troublemakers, right?“I haven’t had problems with anyone,” Hamilton said. That was a sentiment shared by many of the riders on C-Tran’s most popular route Friday morning when The Columbian set out to talk to riders about an anonymous caller’s claim that assaults are common on the bus system. The 4 bus runs from the Westfield Vancouver mall through downtown to the Delta Park/VanPort Max station in Portland.A man who would only identify himself as Richard said he has ridden the 4 route to and from work for eight years. “About the only excitement is when someone’s talking loud on the phone,” he said.Statistics back the commuters’ observations.A Vancouver Police Department query returned only 23 incidents that featured “C-Tran” in an officer’s report in 2010. Of those calls, five were the result of C-Tran security reporting a banned subject attempting to board a bus, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.“That’s not very many,” Kapp said of C-Tran-related calls.A C-Tran spokesman said the security company contracted by the transit system capably handles most disturbances. “We do assign one security officer who rides that route all day long,” the spokesman, Scott Patterson, said of the Fourth Plain route. “If there are disputes arising between passengers or a fare dispute between a rider and the driver, they’re there to bring resolution.”last_img read more