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Safe Travels: Public Transit Steps Up Security Measures

Public transportation agencies across North America stepped up their surveillance efforts following the March 22 terrorist attacks in the Brussels airport and a subway station, according to APTA.

“As a result of these unthinkable attacks, public transit systems nationwide are implementing expanded security measures,” said President & CEO Michael Melaniphy, noting that safety and security is the industry’s number one priority.

“APTA also reminds the millions of transit riders in the U.S. to be vigilant and observant, as well, and to report any unattended bags or suspicious behavior. If you see something, say something. We all need to work together to make sure that our public transit systems are as safe and secure as possible,” he added.

APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall, chief of government and international affairs for the city of Cleveland, expressed support for the people of Brussels. “On behalf of the 1,500 organization members of APTA, I offer our condolences to the people of Brussels and to all who have lost loved ones and friends in the horrific attacks on public transportation and airport sites,” she said. “We stand united with the people of Brussels.”

In addition to other measures, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Transportation Security Administration was making additional security available to major city airports and public transportation facilities and was coordinating efforts with transit authorities, among others.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Transit Police, including its K-9 units, on patrol. From left are Officer E.J. Bongard with his German shepherd Max and Officer Noel Clark with his Dutch shepherd Tuco.

Photo by Andrew Busch, SEPTA

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