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Transit Security: What's the MTA Got to Say?
In the wake of another round of explosions on the London transit system, and on the same day that New Yorkers are being subjected to random bag searches at some subway stations (with little apparent rhyme or reason to location), LAist wonders what our own MTA has to say about passenger safety and the worry of attack. While we certainly don't want to fall prey to the cult of fear by which the country is ruled by claiming we have a dire need for this kind of increased security, and we certainly don't want to put the message out that there is a need for fear on our buses and trains, we do have some curiosity as to the MTA's take. As it so happens, they have little to say on the subject; all is well with our transit system, according to their current news alert, and with only some added manpower from the Sheriff's Department, the MTA basically says just keep your eyes open. Seems fair enough, we think. So, Angelenos, what do you think? Do we have the right kind of security in our city? Too much? Too little? Too late?