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Metro's board of directors will get a closer look Thursday at the crime plaguing stations.

Branch Avenue, the last stop on the Green Line, is among a number of stations topping the list for the most crimes reported in 2010 across the Metro transit system. It's where Michael Hauz boards the train.

"It's not that surprising. It's a busy place a lot of people go through. It's a commuter station," he says.

New Carrollton and Greenbelt also ranked as stations where crime frequently occurs, but the problem exists throughout the transit system. Metro reported a total of more than 2,200 assaults, rapes and robberies last year -- the highest number reported in five years.

Transit police say they have seen a spike in aggravated assaults. Metro officials say a majority of those incidents involved its own bus drivers who had confrontations with passengers. Police say they've also seen a rise in robberies.

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