Remember the story of the 15 year-old boy who was dragged off the Minneapolis Route 5 bus, beaten, and robbed? SwanBlog covered it here, here, and here.
More than a year later, Metro Transit has taken the bold step of hiring four-man teams from MAD DADS, with no law enforcement powers, to ride the route. The initial Star Tribune story did not reference the aforementioned beating. The updated story mentions it, along with two other serious incidents.
I will leave it to other bloggers to do the math on the number of shifts and the costs of the program.