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Taulby Roach

Officials are considering the addition of turnstiles to the MetroLink system.
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A consultant looking at security on the MetroLink light rail system says the local transit agency has made a number of steps to enhance rider safety.

But the company, WSP USA, said there’s still a lot of work to be done by Metro Transit — including following through on a “code of conduct” on the trains.

Officials are considering the addition of turnstiles to the MetroLink system.
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The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday backed a bond refinancing plan for the Bi-State Development Corporation, which operates light rail and bus services throughout the region.

The move, which could help fund enhanced security services, comes as the transit service is asking for more money from the county — a request that’s going to be the subject of a council hearing in the coming weeks.

Taulby Roach started as CEO and president of Bi-State Development about two months ago.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated March 1 with comments on timeline — Since being named CEO and president of Bi-State Development a couple months ago, Taulby Roach has emphasized improving security throughout the St. Louis region’s Metro Transit system.

A New York-based engineering firm last week released its final recommendations from a eight-month study of MetroLink’s safety and security. The evaluation comes after years of claims from riders and politicians that the MetroLink is unsafe, even though data shows that crime on the system is relatively low compared to ridership.

Officials are considering the addition of turnstiles to the MetroLink system.
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The top people who handled security for the Metro Transit agency are out of a job.

Bi-State Development President Taulby Roach confirmed the departures on Friday but provided no other details, including the names of the two officials.