until further notice. Deputies will also be aboard MTA buses and
"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
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
"In general, if we found if something is a problem area, we are
going to be more vigilant," Burbank Police Deputy Chief Larry Koch
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