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Transit security put on alert

July 09, 2005

Mark R. Madler

Extra security was placed on trains and buses Thursday as a safety

precaution following four bombings on the London public

transportation system that morning that killed at least 50 people and

injured 700.

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies are usually aboard Metrolink

trains but an additional number will be on board and on platforms

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until further notice. Deputies will also be aboard MTA buses and

trains.

"The goal is to help ensure the public feels safe," said Lt. Mike

Parker of the Sheriff Department's metro transit services bureau. "It

is as safe today as it was yesterday."

Metrolink will have bomb-sniffing dogs at Union Station in Los

Angeles and in Orange County and be inspecting all of its track and

right-of-ways, agency spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said.

"We have asked local law enforcement to increase the frequency of

patrols of our stations, which they are doing," Tyrrell said.

The heightened alert by area police agencies followed the Thursday

morning rush hour bombings of three London Underground stations and a

double-decker bus.

Local riders, meanwhile, were not allowing the terrorist acts to

disrupt their daily routine of taking the train.

"Just because something happens over there that shouldn't stop our

world," said Lisa Perez, who was waiting at the Glendale Metrolink

station with her son and daughter for a train to Palmdale.

Yvonne Williams, a Palmdale resident who works in Glendale, took

the view that if it was her time to go then it was time.

"I can't allow events to keep me from getting to and from work,"

said Williams, who takes the train nearly every day.

Glendale Police officers went to the train stations and

transportation hubs in the city Thursday until relieved by sheriff's

deputies, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The department is taking a pro-active approach to ensure the

safety of the residents, Lorenz said.

"Most importantly, there is no intelligence to indicate there is a

threat locally or at the state or national level," Lorenz said.

In Burbank, increased police visibility was placed at

transportation centers, movie and television studios and water and

power facilities.

"In general, if we found if something is a problem area, we are

going to be more vigilant," Burbank Police Deputy Chief Larry Koch

said.

All departments are advising the public to notify the police if

they see any suspicious activity or objects.

At Bob Hope Airport, the police officers there have stepped up

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