Bolstered police presence on LA Metro lines shows results, but challenges remain in luring back wary riders

In a bold move last year, leaders of Los Angeles County’s transit system decided to spend more than $645 million to beef up law enforcement on rail lines and buses, a five-year investment aimed at cutting crime rates and luring back wary riders who feel unsafe when they ride a bus or train.

More than nine months in, officials say the effort has begun to pay off for the nation’s third-largest transit system, with the rates of certain serious crimes, and some lesser ones, trending...

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