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Broward Invites Riders to Participate in ‘Transit Watch’ Campaign

Broward County Transit (BCT) in Pompano Beach, FL, is introducing “Transit Watch,” a public awareness campaign developed by the Federal Transit Administration and practiced by public transportation agencies nationwide to encourage the active education and participation of passengers and employees in maintaining a safe and secure transit environment.

As part of the campaign, BCT is promoting a designated telephone number that provides callers with a direct line to the agency’s security manager. Passengers can use the number to report any suspicious behavior or packages on a bus or at a bus stop or transfer terminal.

BCT Director Robert Nelson said: “Among the steps that a public transportation system should have in place to address any suspicious behaviors and activities that are a threat to the safety of its passengers and employees is a program to provide as much information and education as possible. Transit Watch is part of this program, as it alerts the public that BCT is aware and concerned about passenger safety at all times.”

The agency’s promotional effort for Transit Watch includes brochures and interior and exterior bus signs as well as media and bus shelter advertisements. An online video will soon be available at the BCT web site.

The agency received funding for the campaign through a Fiscal Year 2008 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the total amount of more than $1 million. The grant also will fund such other security efforts as perimeter fencing to improve security infrastructure at two bus garages, additional closed-circuit television systems, and tabletop exercises and functional drills for frontline operations and maintenance personnel.

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