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'Perfect Storm' Creates Security Concerns For Metro

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(FOX 11) Lt. John Sullivan spent 15 years from 1995 to 2010 working on the LA County Sheriffs Department's Early Warning Terrorism Task Force. Now he's involved in dealing with transit security on behalf of the Sheriff's Department.

In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, he's involved in dealing with security for the Metro trains, among other people movers.

As we stood by the platform of a Gold Line Platform in Downtown LA he told security was wratcheted up because of what happened in Boston. But, with that in mind, he and others are looking ahead to this weekend when about a half a dozen big people events happen in the Los Angeles area.

Among the biggest? The Festival of Books at USC. Last year that drew 150,000 people. There is the "CicLAvia to the Sea" which is a very popular bike event that starts in Downtown LA and goes to Venice. A past event drew 100,000. And then there's Staples Center basketball and the big Grand Prix in Long Beach. Again, lots of people.

These are known as possible "soft targets" -- potential targets where so many people show up even terrorists could easily have access. Transit of all kinds falls into that category.

Besides security Metro officials say the gathering of these events creates a "perfect storm" of potentially awful traffic. So Bruce Shelburne, the executive director of Rail Operations for Metro, says additional trains and other vehicles will be used this weekend to move more people and mitigate long delays.

And, of course, a "perfect storm" can, say Sullivan and Shelburne, create additional security concerns. Both are asking all commuters to remember 6 words: If you see something say something!

That's good advice these days no matter where you are.

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