MTA steps up patrols in wake of Paris terrorist attacks


NEW YORK – The Metropolitan
Transportation Authority has increased its patrols and surveillance across
its agencies including the Metro-North Railroad in the wake of the Paris
terrorist attacks on Friday.

Uniformed and plainclothes presence at Grand Central Terminal and Penn
Station as well has other major stations throughout the Metro-North Railroad
and Long Island Railroad networks have been beefed up.

Police K-9 teams and units with heavy weapons will provide extra protection
as well as a noticeable sign of increased security. Railroad customers
will also see surge patrols, increased step-on/step-off patrols of trains,
and random bag checks at various locations.

State Police and the New York National Guard have been assigned to high-profile
MTA locations for more than a year and they are helping secure those locations
as well as reassuring the public that the authorities are dedicated to
ensuring their safety.

The MTA closely monitors large public events that occur in or near its
facilities and will provide heightened awareness of activities there.