And proponents still can't figure out why it's referred to as the Crime train.
When police arrived on the scene just after 10:40 p.m. they found a man in his 20s with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
From a volunteer in his 70's being smacked in the head with a baseball bat while stepping off a train to the multiple beatings and stabbings that happen almost routinely, violent crime is part and parcel of Porkland's light rail lines. Yet advocates continually ignore the established facts:
Trimet’s latest MAX light rail line opened Sept 12, 2009. The Southern terminus is at the Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas county.
The Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office compared the crimes before and after the line’s opening. They compared a 5 month period beginning on opening day with the same five month period one year earlier and found a 32% increase in reported crimes and a 56% increase in calls for police service.
A 71-year-old Sandy resident was beaten with a baseball bat at the Gresham Central Transit Center on Nov. 3, sending the man to the hospital with serious injuries. The attack came just one day after Gresham police announced they would begin riding the light rail line to combat gang activity, fights and drug crime.
Interactive map (now seven years out of date) here.
Feeling uneasy about last week's broad-daylight stabbings on MAX? This news probably won't help: After two straight years of double-digit declines, crime on TriMet's light-rail system is on the rise again.
What's more, TriMet officials say their decision last year to reduce fare enforcement rather than further slash schedules and routes could be exacerbating the problem.
Researchers in the emerging field of transit criminology say nothing – not security cameras or blasting classical music at stations – deters crime like the regular presence of police and fare patrols.
But Tri-Met prefers the "honor system" for payment. And light rail apologists prefer to ignore cold hard facts, because they conflict with their utopian vision.