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Metro Steps Up Security in Wake of London Bombings

The bombings in London have Metro authorities here stepping up surveillance efforts. While additional metro police officers were brought in on duty, the trains and buses continued their usual routes. Metro’s 1,600 buses on 12,000 bus routes and 18 rail cars on seven and a half miles of track, along with Metro’s 15 transit centers […]

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The bombings in London have Metro authorities here stepping up surveillance efforts. While additional metro police officers were brought in on duty, the trains and buses continued their usual routes.

Metro’s 1,600 buses on 12,000 bus routes and 18 rail cars on seven and a half miles of track, along with Metro’s 15 transit centers continued normal operations but one bus passenger, Michelle, noticed a difference.

A few minutes later, Michelle learned about the London bombings from her uncle. Metro did call in extra officers to monitor the entire system. But Metro Police Chief Tom Lambert says it can’t be left soley to law enforcement. Lambert says Metro is prepared to respond to information received.

Metro does have bomb sniffing dogs. Lambert says security still depends on information from the public. He says Houston has had no specific threats, but officials do feel it’s important to respond aggressively. Lambert suspects lessons will be learned from the London bombings. In the meantime Metro patrons continue going about their business while thinking about how secure one realistically can be.

Metro officials acknowledge limitations exist and that in an open society things like metal detectors cannot be put on every bus and train. Houston Mayor Bill White says Houstonians should not live their lives in fear.

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