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Red Line rider Leonel Perez-Roura of Glendale wants better security. Ideas being discussed include barriers, gate attendants and more officers. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Red Line riders head to the subway at the Civic Center Station, which uses the honor system. There are no gates, no turnstiles and no attendants. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
An emergency telephone at the entrance to the Metro Red Line. Proponents are saying this lapse -- not having security or trained MTA personnel underground -- is a security issue. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Metro Red Line riders pass by an emergency telephone at the Civic Center Station. After the mercury spill, some transit officials looked around and realized that there was nobody around for eight hours to notice that the toxic material had not been cleaned up. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Amber Durfield, 27, of Fontana, says she is more concerned about walking to the metro stop than riding the metro. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Metro Red Line rider Vickie Chatigme, 57, of Llano, says she wants improved security along the subway system as she waits for her subway at Civic Center Station. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Metro Red Line riders ride next to an emergency telephone in Los Angeles. There is a proposal to add turnstiles and station attendants. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)