CALIFORNIA: Terror attacks in Brussels lead to heightened local transit security

The terror attacks at the international airport and a subway station in Brussels, Belgium that claimed at least 31 lives and injured a reported 30 more has resulted in heightened security on Metro lines today.

Metro announced in a news statement that they will be increasing security at Union Station, Rosa Parks station and 7th/Metro said.

There is no known tangible threat to any transit system in Los Angeles, Transit Services Bureau spokesman Ramon Montenegro told City News Service.

“Right now, we are monitoring the situation in Brussels and maintaining close contact and communications with our county Emergency Operations Center, Homeland Security and LA Metro,” Montenegro said. “I’m certain that we will increase security in the aftermath of these attacks on all transit lines. We also have special security teams that we will likely deploy later today.”

Montenegro said the security patrols include bomb-sniffing dogs that are regularly deployed along the Red Line subway route.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Brussels and to the first responders,” he said. “We just pray that no one else gets hurt there.”

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