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Metro security heightened following London bombings


By Maria Hickey/Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The U.S. mass transit system has been raised to orange alert following Thursday's bombing in London.

In St. Louis that includes the public transit agency Metro.

Spokeswoman Diane Williams says security is already tight on the light rail and bus system, but she says the agency now is going to extra lengths.

"We did get bomb-sniffing dogs and put them out on our system today to just be extra vigilant about what's going in light of what happened in London," Williams said.

She says there are already cameras on each train car and on buses that are monitored 24 hours a day.

Williams says if anyone notices something suspicious they should alert the bus driver or use the intercom in the Metrolink cars.

While the alert does not specifically include airports, Lambert Airport in St. Louis is stepping up its police presence. Missouri Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Terri Durdaller says most measures are on rail lines:

"There's two bomb sniffing dogs for the transit system in St. Louis, the Metrolink; increased video surveillance, and then spot testing in certain areas that could possibly be a target," Durdaller said.

Durdaller says police will also perform vigorous inspections of any unidentified items that may be left behind on or near trains and trash and storage facilities.

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