Wednesday morning update: The LA Times is reporting that the threat against the Universal City/Studio City Station was not credible. Nonetheless, we encourage riders — as always — to say something if they see something.
Here is the news release from Metro:
Metro rail riders will continue to notice an increased presence in law enforcement officers throughout the day at various Metro rail stations, including the Metro Red Line Universal City Station as a precaution to a possible threat made yesterday to the transit system.
The increased security presence across the entire Metro system follows information received through an anonymous tip on Monday warning of a threat on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 specifically at the Red Line Universal City Station.
Metro security will continue to collaborate with its law enforcement partners including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to mitigate the threat, which is being investigated for validity.
Metro patrons need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement personnel positioned at various Metro rail stations or use the emergency intercom system on board trains and located on station platforms. Riders can also expect additional K-9 units scouring the area and undercover operations will be conducted throughout the day.
In addition, riders may encounter some minimum delays entering the stations due to random bag searches set up by law enforcement personnel as a precaution to threat made yesterday.
“Although the credibility is uncertain, we take any threat very seriously and will remain vigilant,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “We ask the public to be one of our partners in enhancing our ears and eyes on the system.”
Riders are reminded that if they see something, say something. Call our Transit Watch Hotline at 888.950.SAFE (7233) or notify us through the Transit Watch app.
Some tweets from media and social media:
— christina heller (@CHeller0209) December 6, 2016
— Mayor of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA) December 6, 2016