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Toll-Free Number Announced to Report Suspicious Activity

NEWARK, NJ, March 18, 2003 - NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George Warrington is reassuring bus, rail, and light rail passengers that the Corporation is taking all necessary steps to secure the Corporations transportation system.

Increased security measures have been implemented on board equipment, at major passenger facilities and at employee and maintenance facilities following last night's increased national security alert to level orange.

"This is a well-coordinated effort with all levels of the law enforcement community involved to protect our passengers, employees equipment, and infrastructure said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George Warrington. "This is part of the Governor’s overall effort to implement heightened security procedures and protocols due to the increased alert."

Passengers and the general public can also serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Corporation. Today, NJ TRANSIT Police Chief Joseph C. Bober announced the establishment of a toll-free hotline number for people to report suspicious activity or packages on NJ TRANSIT equipment or property. The number is 1-888-TIPS-NJT. Tips may be made anonymously and NJ TRANSIT Police will investigate information provided through the hotline.

Among the other changes passengers may see:

  • Increased uniformed and plainclothes police presence at stations and on board trains – including command staff.
  • Established checkpoints at several stations and terminals, particularly where deliveries are accepted.
  • Barriers and K-9 patrols at major terminals.