Gonzalez says trolley riders should be reassured to know that over 50 security officers -- some armed, some unarmed -- are riding the trolleys and patrolling the trolley stations at any given time that the trolleys are in operation. "And much of the time it's a lot more than that," he explains. "If you go to one of the trolley stations, you're likely going to have a security or code-compliance officer there, and they are usually at every station as best as they can be. In order for you to be on our premises or around our station, you have to have a ticket. You can't just sit there and linger. So these security officers, they go around checking to make sure that before someone gets on, they have a ticket, or if they are sitting at the station, that they have a ticket in their possession. Once on the trolley, the officers go through the trolley checking people to make sure that they have tickets."
According to the annual report, one category of crime on the trolley fell last year. In 2005, trolley security officers performed 10,449,124 "passenger inspections" to make sure riders weren't evading their fares. "Fare-evasion arrests" declined from 23,193 in 2004 to 20,317 in 2005.