Code Compliance Inspector, Ricardo Favela, checks a passenger’s transit fare. Courtesy MTS

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has doubled the number of code compliance officers and implemented a beat system to keep trolley riders safe.

“Passenger safety is a top priority for MTS,” said Paul Jablonski,  the system’s chief executive officer. “The new security staffing plan will add a greater uniform presence on our system. This is another strategic step MTS has taken to boost system-wide security.”

The new security plan, which was implemented this month, increased the number of code compliance inspectors from 34 to 64 while reducing the number of contract security officers.

The additional inspectors will enable MTS to implement a beat system, with each inspector paired with a security officer for every three to five trolley stations. MTS has approximately 200 inspectors and officers patrolling the system.

The agency has also improved video surveillance systems and added a canine unit.

MTS operates three trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.