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MBTA security enhancements aided in Boston bombing response

Posted on May 6, 2013

BOSTON — Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officials told the Town Correspondent that during the Boston Marathon bombing, the transit system’s staff was prepared, primarily due to the new equipment and training acquired in recent years, supported by federal homeland security grants.

In particular, transit operators were able to view real-time footage from system’s several thousand security cameras and live feeds from hundreds of other city- and state-owned cameras for the first time ever, because of upgrades from the funding. For the full story, click here.

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