San Diego's MTS announces bus and trolley transit safety improvements

Posted at 12:37 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 15:37:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is restructuring its security staff to make bus and trolley rides safer.

The plan increases the number of MTS Code Compliance Inspectors from 34 to 64 employees.

In addition, the MTS will have 'train teams' made up of a security officer paired with a CCI. The teams will patrol three to five trolley stations.

The MTS says its changes will allow greater uniform presence and give security teams more familiarity with their route.

  • Other security efforts made by the MTS include:
  • Enhanced video systems on all trolleys and most transit stations
  • Body cameras for code enforcement officers
  • A canine unit to patrol trains and investigte reports of suspicious packages and bomb threats
  • "Eagle Team" - a special unit to patrol late night trains on the Orange and UC San Diego Blue lines
  • Joint security training with partner transit and law enforcement agencies