Can ‘transit ambassadors’ build Angelenos’ trust in Metro?

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A Los Angeles Metro bus stops in Playa Del Rey, June 26, 2022. “I see people with guns, knife fights, people doing drugs. And you absolutely cannot say anything because otherwise, they get aggressive,” says Metro rider Mayra Rodriguez about her daily experience riding the system to work. Photo by Amy Ta.

LA Metro plans to hire 300 unarmed “transit ambassadors” to help riders navigate the system and keep an eye on passengers and employees. Will more bodies ease safety concerns on the system?

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