Transit officials boost security on rail, bus lines

first_imgTransit officials in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities beefed up security today on rail and bus lines in the wake of a terrorist bombings in Bombay that killed at least 200 rush-hour commuters. Los Angeles transit police are bolstering their ranks by 10 percent, placing key personnel along heavily traveled areas, including Union Station and the Seventh Street and Metro transit hubs. They have also added counter-surveillance teams to look for “suspicious” commuters. “Thusfar, there are no indication that what happened in India should be construed as a threat to service transportation in the United States,” said Dan Finkelstein, chief of transit police for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “But we are monitoring the situation. We are not going to consume a bunch of resources when there is no need to … It is to make our passengers feel safe, visibility is key.” Finkelstein also said he has been communicating with transit officials in other cities about potential threats. In the wake of the London subway bombings a year ago, the MTA tripled its staff of 115 sheriff’s deputies, private security guards and surveillance teams on its system. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more