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Letter: Light rail does not cause crime

By Renee Soasey, Vancouver
Published: April 3, 2024, 6:00am

While I agree with Susan Allen (“Keep tolls, crime off new bridge,” Our Readers’ Views, March 27) that working commuters should not bear the expense of replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge, she also revives the tired trope against light rail on the bridge by claiming “Bringing light rail into Southwest Washington will only increase the crime rate.”

So criminals can’t drive cars across the bridge? They can only take public transportation? And they make their getaway by waiting on a street corner for the next train? This old line of fear is ludicrous. We’ve been hearing it for over a decade and it needs to be put to bed, once and for all.

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