Example of a Safety and Security Alert

Printer Friendly Number 2007-57

July 19, 2007


Mass Mailout Number III-2007-57


Subject:  Example of a Safety and Security Alert


Dear Transit Colleague:


Below is a paraphrased copy of a Safety and Security Alert that was issued by one of the Region III Grantees; the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore, MD.  It is being forwarded to you as an example of a Safety and Security Alert that you may want to issue to your passengers.



Help us be the eyes and ears of Mass Transit!


Mass Transit staff cannot constantly monitor all situations!  While transit employees serve as the first line of the security efforts, passengers can play a vital role.  This is what a passenger can do to help:


*Become aware of fellow passengers.

·        If they are not “regulars” are they acting nervous?

·        Are they asking employees or passengers specific questions about the transit operations and security measures?

·        Are they wearing too much clothing for the temperature?

*Keep personal belongings near at all times.

*Remember to take along personal belongings when you reach your destination.

*Also, immediately remind a fellow passenger about a package inadvertently left behind.

*Be alert for suspicious vehicles idling in parking lots or loading zones.

*Be vigilant of your surroundings at all times.

*Alert the transit employee to any abandoned or suspicious package, unusual activity, or unusual behavior.


The bottom line is that passengers are the eyes and ears of the Mass Transit System.  If during a commute one sees or experiences something that “isn’t quite right,” please notify the employee or contact local law enforcement.  The Transit System appreciates customers’ patience and understanding that this level of security is necessary in today’s environment.


Please feel free to distribute this throughout your organization as appropriate.





Letitia A. Thompson

Regional Administrator