LA transit heightens security after Brussels

Posted at 5:50 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 08:50:54-04
LOS ANGELES -- The terror attacks at Brussels-Zaventem international airport and the Maelbeek subway station in Brussels, Belgium that claimed at least 28 lives and injured a reported 30 more has resulted in heightened security on Metro lines including the Red Line subway, a sheriff's Transit Services Bureau spokesman said.
There is no known tangible threat to any transit system in Los Angeles, Transit Services Bureau spokesman Ramon Montenegro told City News Service.
However, there will be ramped-up security on all Metro lines, he said.
"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," Montenegro said. "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."