CTA chief appears before Homeland Security committee

May 4, 2011 10:04:46 AM PDT
The safety of Chicago's mass transit system was discussed at a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

The House Committee on Homeland Security held the meeting to get an update on how the nation's transit systems are protecting riders and employees since the Sept. 11 attacks.

CTA President Richard Rodriguez gave an update on Chicago's status. He told the panel the CTA actively monitors terrorism-related threats locally, nationally and internationally.

"The CTA takes a number of steps to ensure our employees and customers remain vigilant. Steps include issuing security bulletins, what activities to look for and what steps to take should they encounter suspicious or criminal activity during the course of their duties," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also thanked the Department of Homeland Security for providing funding for the CTA. The money helped pay for technology upgrades and cameras on the CTA's buses and trains.