Crime on Metro trains and buses has been dropping over the last five years and is lower than in many of the communities they serve, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s news blog.
The Source, addressing the issue after a fatal stabbing last month on the Red Line in Hollywood, reported 2.77 “part one” crimes committed for every million boardings in 2010 on Metro trains and buses.
Part one crimes are murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary and theft.
The agency’s part one crime rate compares with 6.68 per million on Washington, D.C.'s WMATA system and 11.03 per million on Dallas’ DART system. Boston’s MBTA system registered 2.63 per million last year.
The most common part one crime committed on Metro trains and buses is theft, usually of jewelry, cellular phones or other personal electronics, according to the blog.