Seems one of Greg Payne's first public moves as the new Albuquerque Ride (Transit) Director is to start the Big Brother sounding Transit Watch. The interestingly worded post to the City web site says,
...promoting transit as a community partner and safe haven, Transit Watch targets transit employees, passengers and neighborhood residents with a call for active involvement in staying alert and working together to maintain a safe transit environment.
A watch program targeting employees and passengers? Well, I guess. Who else are you going to watch?
This should make riders and drivers feel safer. Or a little jumpy.
The parallel is the neighborhood watch program. But with that, you're watching a neighborhood. On a bus, you're watching each other. And you're far more likely to be hassled by someone who is off their meds, than to catch a terrorist or find a b*mb.
But maybe it will make Payne's constituents who never ride the bus feel a little safer to know he's trying to keep those that do, in line.
Beginning in February, the public will start seeing signs in strategic locations throughout the public transit system ... Brochures will also be available systemwide for free distribution to riders as well as the general public.
I wonder if they'll say: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
image from here.