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BART Increases Security in Wake of bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 04:02 PM

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) BART riders shouldn't be surprised to see police from local agencies on their trains over the next few weeks as part of Operation Railsafe, a TSA program that asks transit police to partner with local law enforcement during times of "heightened alert." BART Officials announced stepped-up security in the system yesterday in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. Spokesperson Jim Allison said a special team, known as the Critical Asset Patrol, will be concentrated in the densest areas of the train system, in downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco. As for how long the new security measures will last? "That's not made public," said Allison. "We're not going to say, 'Hey, Al Qaeda, we're back to regular security.'" As of this morning Allison said he had heard of no specific threats.

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