“Give people something to think about,” said Brown. “But right now, they know it’s just a security guard, they don’t see a police officer out there … they’re not really paying that much attention to them.”As for some riders, the presence of the guards doesn’t seem to leave much of an impression.
Tykira, from West Philadelphia, said the Market-Frankford Line is her usual train. She typically rides during daylight hours, she said, and the guards don’t make much of a difference.
Before boarding the train at a station where at least one guard appeared to be on duty, she said that the guards are not visible enough and she’d like to see them be more active instead of standing around.
“I only ever see them right there at the entrance,” she said. “They just seem to be preoccupied.”
Ruby Tumasz, of Fishtown, said she doesn’t even notice them, but for her that may be a good thing.
“Maybe they’re doing such a good job,” said Tumasz.