Metro continues to deploy its Thruvision passive passenger screening system on the Metro System to help keep its customers safe and secure. You may have seen its most recent appearance at the Wilshire/Vermont Red Line Station earlier this week.
The system was purchased by Metro last year to augment its security presence and is designed to unobtrusively screen individuals for concealed threats. The units can identify both metallic and non-metallic objects and can screen rail and bus patrons without disrupting foot traffic to vehicles.
Thruvision units can be placed randomly at locations throughout the transit system and are equipped with software that quickly identify objects that block the naturally-occurring waves produced by a person’s body.
We’ve received a couple of emails about this screening system this week and wanted to reiterate a few important things to remember if you encounter the screening system at a Metro station near you:
- There are signs alerting passengers in advance that they will be subjected to a screening and possible inspection.
- The system is complemented by an increased presence of law enforcement. Officers are there to provide an additional layer of screening if needed, but their goal is not to physically search or interact in any other way with patrons. Increased law enforcement presence also acts as a visible deterrent that helps keep patrons safe.
- The technology does not emit radiation of any kind, so it’s completely safe to use.
- No anatomical details are displayed.
Metro has been steadily improving its system and security initiatives since it transitioned to a multi-agency partnership with Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Long Beach Police in 2017.
The public’s perception of safety has been a key customer concern in past Metro customer surveys.
While the Metro System is safe and there are no current threats, safety is Metro’s No. 1 priority. We now have more police presence and new security tools on the transit system, and that’s a good thing, as it improves the customer experience for all Metro riders.