FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Riders on Metro-North trains can expect to see heightened security measures along the rail lines in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Friday, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The MTA Police Department has stepped up its uniformed and plainclothes presence in Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station as well as other major stations throughout the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road network.
Police canine 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.
The MTA has increased its patrols and surveillance to provide heightened protection across all its agencies.
Behind the scenes, the MTA Police Department, MTA New York City Transit security and MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officers share intelligence information and coordinate their threat response with other police and security agencies to ensure a seamless web of protection throughout the region, the MTA said.
New York State Police and the New York National Guard members have been assigned to high-profile MTA locations for more than a year, and they are helping secure these 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.
The MTA works closely with the New York Police Department to secure New York's subways and buses, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officers are using a mix of visual and technological surveillance to ensure safety at its seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City.