These 4 "B’s are your ticket to a safe, secure ride.
Be involved in a lifesaving partnership:
Transit Employees and PassengersAs a resource, transit employees provide a wealth of specialized knowledge and on-the-job experience. Likewise, transit passengers contribute to the security equation by providing thousands of extra eyes and ears capable of identifying possible life-threatening situations.
When transit employees and passengers pool these resources, the result is a highly effective first line of defense against a potential natural or man-made disaster. So, please make a commitment to becoming an alert, informed, prepared and involved member of this employee-passenger partnership.
Rest assured, your efforts will go a long way toward enhancing the safety and security of our transit system.
Safety & Security Awareness ProgramBe informed and have a transit plan of action:
- Familiarize yourself with stops, transfer stations, etc.
- Locate emergency exits.
- Remain calm and listen for bus driver announcements.
- Follow transit authority instructions in a speedy but orderly fashion.
- Do not block bus doors from closing.
- Assist fellow passengers.
- Follow the Golden Rule: Watch out for the safety of others just as you would have them watch out for your safety.
Packages:If you spot an unattended package, look for the following:
- Placement in an out-of-the-way location
- Individuals in the act of abandoning the package and hastily departing the area
- Unusual attached batteries, wires, tanks, bottles or bags that might contain chemicals
- An attached message A suspicious cloud, mist, gas, vapor, odor or seeping fluid
- Nearby individuals showing signs of illness or distress
Behavior:If you spot any suspicious individuals engaged in questionable activity, look for the following:
- Visible signs of nervousness
- Excessive sweating
- Sprayer bottles or aerosol canisters
- Inappropriate clothing that is excessively baggy or too heavy in warm weather
Recommended course of action:
- Do not confront suspicious individuals.
- Contact a transit employee or the police immediately.
- In the event of a suspicious package, do not use a cellular phone until you are a safe distance away.
- Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with family members if separated as a result of an emergency;
- Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with close friends and colleagues during an extended emergency period;
- Keep a record of all contact and emergency information and update it regularly as needed;
- Select a location outside your home as a family meeting point should your home need to be evacuated;
- Identify alternate routes and means of reaching your meeting point in the event your main route is impassable;
- Keep a local map handy for reference;
- Make sure your emergency information and contact numbers are with you at all times.