Transit Stations May Reduce Crime?

With the kickoff of the MARTA Connect 400 initiative tomorrow night (link), I thought it would be interesting to toss this out there.  This article from The Atlantic Cities, Transit Stations May Actually Cut Down Crime, compares crime surrounding the LYNX Blue Line light rail system in Charlotte and finds that there was actually a decrease in crime after the stations opened.

An additional study to check out which points to a reduction in crime around suburban transit stations following their opening is Rail Transit and Neighborhood Crime: The Case of Atlanta, Georgia, Southern Economic Journal.

So, if you're going to the meeting on Thursday, be sure to remember that Transit Staitons and Increased Crime are NOT always synonomous with eachother.