Department of Homeland Security Lowers Threat Level for Mass Transit Network

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced Aug. 12 that the national threat level for mass transit is being reduced from Code Orange to Code Yellow. Mass Transit lines, however, vowed to remain vigilant.

“Our police officers will continue their vigilant patrol of the system regardless of what threat level is in effect,” said MARTA General Manager/CEO Nathaniel Ford.

The threat level was raised after the subway bombings in London. U.S. officials, however, said there was to specific threat to the American mass transit network.

Regardless, transit users are urged to remain on the lookout for anything suspicious.

“They are always our first and best line of defense against anything unusual that may happen,” MARTA Police Chief Gene Wilson said.