ATLANTA -- In response to the explosions in Boston, MARTA says it's "exercising an abundance of caution" and heightening security.
In a press release MARTA officials say, while "there are no credible threats to transit, MARTA is asking employees and customers to be vigilant and remain on high alert."
The MARTA Police Department is working with federal, state and local agencies, including the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the Transit Security Administration in Washington, D. C. to stay updated on any recommendations related to public transit.
In addition, MARTA is in contact with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and its liaison to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
MARTA is taking the following proactive measures:
- Deploying K-9 units to make additional patrols
- Placing all specialized units on standby for activation
- Increasing police presence
- Placing all MARTA staff on heighten alert for any suspicious activity
- Encouraging the public to 'See Something, Say Something' and immediately report any suspicious activity or unattended packages to a MARTA Police officer or employee or call MPD at (404) 848-4911
- Encouraging all customers to download the See & Say App (available at www.itsmarta.com)
- Maintaining communication with local emergency management offices
- Maintaining communication with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
- Preparing MARTA Homeland Security protocols and procedures for activation if necessary